SPHERe (Emergency Resuscitation) Course Instructors
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.
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 Clinical Lead for Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance 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. Dr Russell is also Clinical Director for UK International Search and Rescue (ISAR) team and UK representative to United Nations Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG). He has planned and managed medical support to various expeditions including the Army Everest West Ridge expedition, 2006.