West Midlands Central Accident, Resuscitation & Emergency Team (CARE)
The West Midlands Central Accident, Resuscitation & Emergency (CARE) Team is a charitable organisation who respond to serious medical incidents within the West Midlands, UK.
Working in teams alongside West Midlands Ambulance Service, volunteer doctors, nurses, paramedics and other healthcare professionals deliver enhanced critical care to seriously injured and unwell patients.
The charitable aims of the organisation are the relief of persons suffering injury or illness by the provision of immediate medical care and advancing the study of immediate medical care by the provision of training and research.
Background and history
Founded in 1990 the organisation has evolved from a 'flying squad' originally based at the now-closed Birmingham Accident Hospital to a successful and highly respected service offering pre-hospital emergency care across the region and in areas where air access is limited or impossible.
One of the founding members was Prof Sir Keith Porter - the first professor of clinical traumatology in the UK and now our President/Patron.
A BASICS Scheme
The CARE Team is an affiliated scheme of the British Association for Immediate Care (BASICS) and responds on behalf of West Midlands Ambulance Service using the callsign MD099.
Each team responding on behalf of the West Midlands CARE Team consists of three to four personnel, all of whom are volunteers.
Most personnel work in NHS hospitals in their day-to-day professional life, volunteering spare time to respond with the charity.
The organisation's approach focusses on collaborative working with the doctors, nurses and paramedics all coming together as a team. They usually wear distinctive protective clothing with red shoulders, and a fluorescent yellow body and green legs with reflective stripes.
Training and education
The team has a strong history of training and education in all aspects of prehospital emergency care. Our proudest achievment is the provision of the Undergraduate Prehospital Trauma Course delivered to 5th year medical students at the Birmingham University
The team is proud to have been a training platofrm for many of the doctors who have moved on to the commissioned West Midlands Ambulance Services MedicalEmergency Response Incident Team (MERIT).
It is true to say that the success of many in PHEM has been helped in many ways by the CARE team support and education.