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‘Your Health Matters Talks’ feature our expert healthcare professionals explaining the work that they do for SCAS.

They are your opportunity to learn about the issues that matter to you and your community.

In these times of COVID-19 patient safety is our priority, so these ‘Talks’ are delivered online via this page and on our YouTube channel.

Join us and learn the latest about SCAS!

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Mark Perryman, Public Governor for Hampshire, talks to John Black, Medical Director at SCAS, about Rheumatoid Arthritis. 

Please email if you have any questions for Mark or John


Ken Roberts, Public Governor, Buckinghamshire, talks to Mark Ainsworth-Smith, Consultant Pre-Hospital Care Practitioner, SCAS, about what to do if someone has sepsis and who is most at risk.

Please email if you have any questions for Ken or Mark Ainsworth-Smith.

Stroke Care

Sabrina Chetcuti, an appointed partner Governor in Berkshire for SCAS, talks to Dave Sherwood, Head of Clinical Excellence, SCAS, about how to recognise the main symptoms of stroke and what to do if you suspect someone is having a stroke.

Strokes are a medical emergency and urgent treatment is essential. The sooner a person receives treatment for a stroke, the less damage is likely to happen. If you suspect that you or someone else is having a stroke, phone 999 immediately and ask for an ambulance.

Judy King, talks to Sabrina about the support that she provides at Speakability and how she has continued to provide help and care during the pandemic to people who are recovering from a stroke.

Digital Communications in the Ambulance Service

Claire Dobbs, SCAS Governor, asks Andrew Humphries, Web Developer and Social Media Manager, how the Communications Team at SCAS have managed to keep in touch with public and staff during the pandemic.

How SCAS is fighting COVID-19

John Black, Medical Director at South Central Ambulance Service, talks about how SCAS has tackled the virus and our medical approach during the pandemic.

Understanding dementia at SCAS

Bob Duggan, Lead Governor, SCAS, talks about the impact of dementia and introduces Chloe Lofthouse-Jones, Education Manager, SCAS. Chloe explains how our ongoing program of dementia training is helping staff to work with people in the community. SCAS is proud to be working towards becoming dementia friendly through our active membership of Dementia Friendly Communities and Dementia Action Alliance.

How SCAS is fighting the flu

Mark Ainsworth-Smith, Pre Hospital Care Consultant, talks about how important the flu vaccine is in protecting South Central Ambulance staff this winter. He also explains how the NHS prepares for the  unpredictability of flu each year to protect NHS staff and those at risk.  Loretta Light, Public Governor, Oxfordshire, introduces the short film and encourages our members and the  public to have the flu vaccine.

Team work makes the dream work

As the response from the NHS to the coronavirus pandemic continues, Mark Begley, Head of Operations, Milton Keynes and Aylesbury Vale, answers your questions in a short film on how SCAS has responded to Covid-19 and how you can help the emergency services.

Improving health and wellbeing in patient care

Terry Simpson, Mental Health  Lead, SCAS and Dr Hasanen Al-Taiar, Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust talk about  initiatives to support  health and wellbeing in patient care. The film is introduced by Mark Davis, Public Governor, Berkshire. Due to the pandemic we have not been able to hold this public talk which was scheduled in autumn but we do hope that the film will be helpful and informative. 

Coping with COVID-19 – Patient Transport Service

Find out more about our Patient Transport Services and Logistics (PTS)  from our staff. Ian Thompson, PTS Business Manager, gives a comprehensive overview of the service. Jessica Bowbrick, Locality Manager, shares how PTS is responding to the pandemic . Stacey Stirrup, Area Manager, talks about the Care Quality Commission (CQC) report and what that means to PTS and SCAS. 

Looking after staff during COVID-19

Lisa Pickard, Health and Wellbeing Lead, talks about how SCAS is supporting staff’s mental and physical wellbeing during COVID-19 and what benefits are available to staff. 


Your mental health matters

We are all facing a worrying time and have had to adjust many aspects of our normal life. There are productive ways we can reduce levels of anxiety and the impact this has on our ability to function.

Terry Simpson is here to answer your questions on how to support your mental health and wellbeing at home. Terry is our Mental Health Lead here at SCAS. He has been a mental health nurse for 23 years and has worked in a number of crisis and transformation teams. 

Major Trauma Centres

Major Trauma Centres

Patients with serious injuries are no longer taken to the nearest hospital, they are taken to dedicated Major Trauma Centres. Mark Ainsworth-Smith, MBE, Consultant Pre-Hospital Care Practitioner, South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) will talk on the management of patients who have been seriously injured in the pre-hospital setting.

Restart a heart

Helen Pocock, Senior Research Paramedic, talked about how initiatives such as the national Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Outcomes (OHCAO) project and international Restart a Heart Day can inform and improve our care for patients.

The talk was held in Newbury, Berkshire, on 21 October at 7 pm. People came from Oxfordshire, Berkshire and even Hampshire, to listen to the latest research at SCAS.