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Your Health Matters talks

Your health matters are public talks open to you on what’s happening at SCAS. The talks will be held across the south central region where we deliver services. Join us and learn the latest about SCAS!

Major Trauma Centres

4 December 2019

7- 9 pm


Patient helped after accident

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.

You can see a film of his talk below. 

Robert Crouch OBE, Prof. Robert Crouch OBE, Consultant Nurse & Honorary Professor of Emergency Care, Emergency Department, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust & Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southampton, Deputy Director of Major Trauma,University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust and Wessex NIHR Injuries and Emergencies Specialty Lead, will talk about what happens at a Major Trauma Centre.

Jack Ansell, Operations Manager, South Central Ambulance Services, will show you how to save a life with a CPR demonstration.

 Please email for more information and to book your place!


Mark Ainsworth-Smith (MAS) has been employed as the Consultant Pre-Hospital Care Practitioner at South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS) since April 2007. MAS has worked in the NHS since 1987, and originally worked in Accident and Emergency, before moving to pre-hospital care in 2005. MAS s the lead for Major Trauma in SCAS and is an active clinician. Unfortunately he often sees the devastating consequences of trauma.

Professor Robert Crouch OBE is Consultant Nurse and Deputy Director of Major Trauma at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust. Robert is a clinical academic with 30 years of emergency care; most of his clinical work is focused around the initial care of those brought into the Major Trauma Centre with significant injuries.

Restart a heart. 

21 October 2019

7 pm 


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. There was an opportunity for question and answer, as well as the chance to meet  our local Public Governor in Berkshire, Colin Godbold


Helen Pocock is Senior Research Paramedic with South Central Ambulance Service.  She joined the Royal Berkshire Ambulance Service in 1997 as a trainee technician and has enjoyed an exciting and varied career as a paramedic.  She has worked as a Clinical Mentor, Clinical Educator, University Lecturer and Research Paramedic.  She has recently embarked on a new and challenging chapter of her career as an NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellow. After conducting primary research as part of her Masters degree, Helen was bitten by the research bug and undertook secondments as a Research Paramedic on the PARAMEDIC and PARAMEDIC2 trials.  Cardiac arrest research is difficult but essential if we are to improve outcomes for patients.

You can view a film of the talk below.