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ExpeMed (Expedition Medicine) Course Instructors

Dr Alastair Nicol
Course Director - 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 British 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, innovating, directing and teaching on a variety of pre-hospital emergency care 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 also worked in elite sport for many years and has been a Team Doctor at eight major multi-sport Games, including the recent 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio with Team GB and the last three Commonwealth Games with Team Scotland. His main sport is rugby, and having been Team Doctor for Scotland ‘A’ for several years, he is now a Match Day Doctor at both Murrayfield and Twickenham. He was also appointed as Match Day Doctor for the Rugby World Cup Final in November, 2015.

His most recent expeditions include high altitude trekking in Nepal, dog-sledding in the Arctic Circle, trekking up the Skeleton Coast in Namibia and mountaineering in Bolivia, so he is well qualified as the Course Director of the ExpeMed Course.

Mr Tom Davies

Tom is an experienced Paramedic, who has worked for West Midlands Ambulance Service and Midland Air Ambulance for the last 9 years providing critical interventions and transport decisions, working within a developed trauma network. In  2013 Tom qualified as a Critical Care Paramedic, responsible for the safe working environment around the helicopter and advanced care of acutely ill and injured patients. Tom has also qualified with a Post Graduate Certificate in Pre-Hospital Critical Care.  He has a Diploma in Immediate Care, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and is currently studying a Masters in Advanced Clinical Practice. He is a keen sportsman and played professional rugby for London Scottish in the premiership in 1999. Tom also has a BSc in Sports Science and worked as a diving instructor in Australia and the Caribbean for 4 years.  He acted as Safety Diver for Tanya Streeter on her 153m world record dive in 2003, where he gained his experience of working in remote locations.

Mr Mike Needham

Mike has worked for the NHS since 2000, qualifying as a Paramedic in 2004.  He was the Lead Paramedic for the Motorcycle Response Unit for South West Ambulance Service Trust (SWAST).  Before joining the NHS, Mike spent five years in the Royal Air Force.  As an instructor, Mike has taught FPOS (Intermediate) for a number of organisations and was an iCare (Immediate Care at the Roadside in an Emergency) Instructor for SWAST. He currently divides his time working and instructing in the UK for the NHS and the private sector as a safety advisor and paramedic for television and film in some of the world’s most extreme places including recently Panama (for channel 4), Australia (BBC), Guyana and Brazil (Discovery), Borneo (Nat. Geo), Uganda (Nat Geo Wild), Somalia and Afghanistan (United Nations), Argentina, Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Columbia and Panama (NBC). When he’s not working, Mike rides Motorcycle Enduro, goes kayaking and mountaineering.