The people behind Prometheus make up some of the country’s most respected and practised medics in the field of major incident and crisis medicine. Who better to have on your side when planning for or dealing with a medical emergency?
This Primary Medical Support Team has many years expertise of developing and delivering pre-hospital and clinical care in military and civilian situations, in both the UK and overseas.
Dr Malcolm Russell
MBChB DCH DRCOG MRCGP FIMC RCS(Ed) FRGS
Chief Executive Officer
Actively practicing pre-hospital immediate care for over fifteen years, Dr Malcolm Russell has served most of his career as a doctor in the British Army including some of the UK's most elite military units. He was central in the development of concepts of combat casualty care and held the prestigious post of Senior Lecturer in Pre-hospital Emergency Medicine at the UK Royal Centre for Defence Medicine. Dr Russell has extensive operational experience in desert, arctic, temperate and jungle environments, and in rural and urban settings.
As a civilian Dr Russell has worked with several ambulance services including the London Helicopter Emergency Medical Service and been involved in training paramedics and emergency care practitioners. He remains actively involved in pre-hospital emergency medicine and is Medical Director for Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust and Honorary Clinical Specialist for London Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS). In May 2010, Dr Russell was appointed as an examiner for the RCS Diploma in Immediate Medical Care and he is the Royal College of General Practitioners' representative on the Curriculum Training and Assessment Sub-committee of the Intercollegiate Board for Training in Pre-hospital Emergency Medicine. Last year Dr Russell was appointed Medical Incident Officer for West Midlands Ambulance service NHS Trust (one of five doctors on-call to provide a Medical Incident Officer role to Major Incidents).
In his spare time, Dr Russell volunteers for Mercia Accident Rescue Service (MARS), a charity providing advanced pre-hospital emergency support in Herefordshire and Worcestershire, and acts a a Medical Officer for UK International Search and Rescue (ISAR) team. He has planned and managed medical support to various expeditions including the Army Everest West Ridge expedition, 2006.
Mr Kevin Gallagher
Chief Operating Officer
Since joining Prometheus in March 2006 as the Commercial Director, Mr Gallagher has guided the rapid growth and development of the Company. He is invaluable at developing integrated business solutions between Prometheus and its clients in the public and private sector. Mr Gallagher’s appreciation of client requirements and commitment to quality ensures that clients remain delighted with the service being provided and consistently high performance from all aspects of the business. Mr Gallagher previously served for twenty-two years in the British Army, primarily in finance and administration. In between his Army career and joining Prometheus, Mr Gallagher worked with two highly successful start-up security companies in the private security industry.
Dr Alastair Nicol
MBChB DRCOG DFFP Dip IMC (RCS Ed) MSc FFSEM (UK)
Dr Alastair Nicol is a Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine and has particular expertise in planning and co-ordination of medical support operations, including Humanitarian Assistance operations. He has worked with a wide variety of specialist medical units within the Army and has many years of experience in planning and delivering both emergency and primary health care to some of the UK's most elite soldiers in remote areas around the globe. Dr Nicol is a highly regarded instructor, designing, directing and teaching on a variety of trauma and sports medicine courses in the UK and abroad. His extensive expertise in sports medicine makes him ideal to work with civilian expeditions, outdoor sports and adventure travellers. Dr Nicol has been at five major multi-sport games, most recently as one of the Scotland team Doctors for the Commonwealth Games in Delhi. He remains actively involved with the Scotland rugby team as match doctor for all key games at Murrayfield. His most recent expeditions include trekking up the Skeleton Coast in Namibia and mountaineering in Bolivia, so is well qualified as the Course Director of the ExpeMed Course.
Professor Charles Deakin
MA MD FRCP FRCA FERC FFICM
Prof. Charles Deakin is a highly experienced consultant in cardiothoracic anaesthesiology at Southampton University Trust where he specialises in resuscitation and trauma care. He is one of the UK's leading experts in prehospital care and is the Medical Director for South Central Ambulance Service (Hampshire), and medical adviser to the RNLI as a member of its Medical and Survival Committee. He has a wealth of experience in the delivery of air ambulances operations, regularly undertaking operational missions with three UK Air Ambulance services including as an honorary clinical specialist with London HEMS.
Prof. Deakin has been involved in the design and writing of the UK Resuscitation Council courses for Advanced Life Support and he co-chairs the Advanced Life Support Group of the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation. Prof. Deakin regularly lectures both in the UK and abroad and is able to effectively share his wealth of personal clinical experience with any audience to deliver comprehensive and effective teaching.
Mr David Halliwell
MSc Paramedic FlfL
Managing Director, Prometheus Medical (MENA)
David Halliwell has over 28 years of front line pre-hospital care experience, having worked as a combat medic in the British Army before leaving to commence a 23 year career in the NHS Ambulance service; most recently spending 8 years as the Head of Education for South Western Ambulance Service Foundation Trust.
David is an experienced pre-hospital incident commander, most recently gold commanding the 2012 UK Olympic Games Sailing events. David was responsible for directing Ambulance responses at a strategic level. David has held various academic appointments within UK universities, including Programme Leader and External Examiner, and was one of the senior paramedics in the Uk responsible for overseeing the transition to Higher Education within the UK Ambulance sector.
An experienced paramedic educator and lecturer, recent years have seen David undertaking lecture tours worldwide, including, Australia and mainland Europe.
Holding a masters degree in Training and Performance Management, David is planning to complete his PhD in paramedic education later this summer.
David was responsible for the development of the paramedic programmes within UK Special Forces, and has a special interest in military medicine. David has extensive clinical experience in high profile paramedic roles, having worked as a medic for Formula 1 motor racing, as well as being a medic for Formula 1 power boating.
An accomplished author, academic and researcher, David has taught and advised many specialist government agencies within the UK. Between 2000 and 2004, David was a senior resuscitation officer, overseeing the teaching of doctors in resuscitation and clinical skills, and overseeing the clinical management of more than 2000 cardiac arrests. David is still actively researching the development of automated chest compression devices, and leads the Lucas In Cardiac Arrest (LINC) study for the UK.
Mr David Preece
Director of Sales
A pharmacist with 30 years experience, David was originally a Clinical Pharmacist, specializing in Cardiology, Palliative Care and Parenteral Nutrition. After 10 years he branched into Community Pharmacy but retained his clinical input, becoming the first Pharmacist in the UK to run a full anticoagulation clinic. He has sat on several committees during his career, including as Chairman of Herefordshire Local Pharmaceutical Committee. In addition to his Community Pharmacy work he acted in a consultancy capacity for Herefordshire Primary Care Trust and for several GP surgeries, and was Herefordshire's first Independent Prescribing Advisor. With his experience he is able to ensure the correct legal and governance aspects relating to the management of drugs and medicines by Prometheus personnel both in the UK and overseas. He is also a "Responsible Person" allowing us to hold a Home Office Schedule 2 Drug Licence and a MHRA Wholesale Dealers Licence.
Dr Richard Lyon
MBChB(Hons) MD MRCP DipIMC
Research and Development Manager
Richard is a Registrar in Emergency Medicine and Pre-hospital Care. Born in Luxembourg, he became a volunteer fireman at the age of 15 and developed an early interest in emergency care. He graduated with Honours from Edinburgh University and completed a unique doctorate thesis on out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, working closely with the Scottish Ambulance Service to improve the quality of pre-hospital resuscitation. Richard’s research interests include pre-hospital resuscitation, therapeutic hypothermia and care. He works closely with HEMS and ambulance services across the UK on a variety of research projects. Richard has worked with the Emergency Medical Retrieval Service in Scotland, London HEMS and Kent, Surrey Sussex HEMS. Richard’s professional interests include pre-hospital care, event and expedition medicine. He is one of the London 2012 Olympic doctors. Richard is a Captain in the Territorial Army and has taken part in expeditions across the globe, including mountain biking to Camp II on Mt Everest. In his spare time Richard enjoys the mountains of Scotland, yachting and kitesurfing.
Mr Dean Bateman
SRp Dip IMC RCS
Dean is the Chief Instructor for Prometheus Medical and has 20 years of experience of responding to medical emergencies in ambulances, fast response paramedic cars, physician supported units and helicopters. In 2005 Dean qualified as a helicopter flight paramedic with London's Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) and, having spent a year with them full time, he continues to carry out regular shifts to maintain his advanced skills. Currently Dean provides medical instruction and scenario training in advanced trauma management to existing and training flight paramedics and technicians. He also instructs pre-hospital clinicians in up to date trauma care, cardiac care and paediatric emergencies. As well as his other qualifications, Dean holds the Diploma in Immediate Medical Care Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh (Dip IMC RCSEd). In addition to his work in the UK, Dean also has experience of teaching and providing medical cover in hostile environments across Africa, including Somalia and Kenya.
Mr Shaun Rock
Shaun is the Senior Instructor for Prometheus Medical and has over 20 years of experience of responding to pre-hospital medical emergencies. His experience includes ambulance, motorcycle response units (London lead until 2010), and helicopters. He has attended a number of major and serious incidents throughout his career as both a responding practitioner and officer. In 2006 Shaun qualified as a helicopter flight Paramedic with London's Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS). He continues to carry out regular shifts to maintain his advanced skills. Currently Shaun provides scenario training in advanced trauma management to existing and trainee Paramedics. He also instructs pre-hospital clinicians in up to date trauma care, cardiac care and paediatric emergencies. As well as his other qualifications, Shaun is a CBRN instructor and works within the Urban Search and Rescue environments as a Supervisor. In addition to his work in the UK, Shaun has experience of teaching and providing medical (primary and trauma care) cover in the film industry, this has included work in North Africa on films such as The Mummy and Alexander; recent projects include Skyfall. Shaun enjoys walking, reading and fishing in his spare time.
In addition, Prometheus uses an extensive network of Paramedics, Nurses, Emergency Medical Technicians, Intensive Care Doctors and Emergency Medicine Specialists to provide specialist advice, training and consultancy.
This team acts as your specialist medical back up; supporting and empowering you to effectively deliver medical care during emergencies, disasters and major incidents.
Other ways you can benefit from the Prometheus People:
Deployable Medical Capability - Human Resource Back Up
A team of internationally respected clinical experts physically supporting you 'in the field' with the management of your major incident, disaster or crisis, whether it be in the UK or in some of the world's most remote or hostile environments.
- Support through Prometheus' unique ReachbackTM Facility
- Telemedicine Support
- Giving you the capability to communicate via satellite communications directly with a range of UK based, highly skilled and specialist medical consultants. Real-time advice on dealing with the most demanding medical situations, particularly those in remote or hostile environments.