BASICS North West (British Association of Immediate Care Scheme Northwest) is a confederation of several pre-hospital emergency medical care/BASICS charities that were set up to provide additional doctor-led immediate medical support to the North West Ambulance Service within their catchment area of Cumbria and Lancashire, Cheshire and Merseyside & Greater Manchester.
The funds raised by the charities are for the provision of medical equipment and training for clinicians with specialist pre-hospital emergency medical care training and experience within those areas. The amount each charity has is totally dependent on the amount of donations, grants and bequests made in the local areas. Although each Charity/Individual within the Confederation has slightly different ways of collecting and fundraising, the main aim of the Confederation is to unify the objectives and Governance Structure of each of these Charities and Individuals. The result of this is that the Ambulance Service and the public, whom it serves, can rest assured that all of the Doctors operating within BASICS North West are performing reliably and with unanimity to the standards set by the Confederation, the Ambulance Service and by the Care Quality Commission.
The North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) receive more than 6 million calls a year. Their Paramedics and Technicians are very well-trained and able to deal with the vast majority of emergencies that they are called to.
Despite their skills, a number of critically injured patients still remain who could potentially benefit from more advanced care at the scene of an incident or medical emergency. BASICS North West clinicians are all volunteers who freely give up their time to provide this assistance to those who need it.
Hours on Scene
Our Clinicians make themselves available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, over 365 days of the year. They respond in all weather conditions, at all times of the day and night to bring the specialist skills to those who need it the most.
We cover an area of over 5,500 square miles with a populous in excess of 8 million – rising each day!
We are very grateful for any donations we receive from the public as this means we can continue to bring the life saving skills to the critically injured.
BASICS North West recognise the importance of pre-hospital care and are committed to supporting the education of Junior Doctors and Medical Students in line with the Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care; which is why we fully support the development of BASICS Juniors both regionally and nationally.
For more information about the work our Juniors carry out, take a look at their Facebook page now!
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