Meet the Crew

TVACAA is one of the busiest air ambulance services in the country and is renowned for the professionalism and dedication of its crew – the pilots, paramedics and doctors.

The Paramedics

Our highly trained paramedic crew has a wide range of specialist skills so they can cope with all situations. As well as often being first on the scene – which can involve making life or death decisions – they understand the needs of the patients and their families and will handle everything in a sensitive manner.

The Doctors

Delivering advanced medical care in their helicopter emergency missions, our Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine (PHEM) experienced Doctors bring specialist medical skills at the highest level to the patient. The presence of a doctor on board the Air Ambulance provides a further depth of medical knowledge and the ability to carry out additional medical procedures.

The Pilots

Our aircraft, its pilots and maintenance support are leased from Bond Air Services. The pilots have a great deal of experience and are carefully selected as air ambulance flights are typically more challenging than non-emergency flight services.  The pilots ensure that the medical team can safely get the patient to hospital as quickly as possible.

 

Meet Neil Plant

Paramedic Team Leader

As the Team Leader here at the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance my time
is split between flying as part of the crew and office based sorting out all the logistics
that keep our HEMS service flying. I manage the team of HEMS paramedics and
doctors to include the rotas, ordering of stock and all the general day to day
administration tasks that are required.
I also work closely with both the charity and South Central Ambulance Service to
make sure the whole operation is as cohesive as possible. As you would expect
though my main passion is being part of the crew and attending the missions with
the highly skilled paramedics and doctors who crew this valuable service.

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Meet Neil Plant

Meet Neil Plant

Paramedic Team Leader

Meet Dr Syed Masud

Clinical Lead

Consultant in Emergency Medicine and Pre-Hospital Care, TVACAA HEMS Clinical Governance Lead. Training Programme Director for Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine, Health Education Thames Valley, Clinical Director for Major Trauma Thames Valley

Dr Syed Masud’s particular interests are safety and education in major trauma and pre-hospital care. He has spent over 10 years in training in both trauma and pre-hospital emergency medicine including time with the British Army.

Syed has invented many courses that have now become national standards within their field - including the HEMS Crew Course (HCC), Medical Tactical Firearms Officers Course (MTFO) and recently designed and project led on the Trauma Team Leaders (TTL) Course on behalf of the London Trauma Office. He spent two years as a consultant at the Royal London Hospital and then took up a post as Consultant in Emergency Medicine and Pre-Hospital Care at The John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford.

Syed also has interests in Event Medicine having been the former Chief Medical Officer for Wembley National Stadium and is currently the Governance Lead. Syed's greatest passion is pre-hospital emergency medicine - he has worked in several HEMS units in the country from the Great North Air Ambulance to London HEMS. He is now currently the HEMS Clinical Governance Lead for TVACAA. Syed has recently been responsible for introducing PHEM training within the Thames Valley region. Syed is also a special constable with the Metropolitan Police.

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Meet Dr Syed Masud

Meet Dr Syed Masud

Clinical Lead

Meet Alf Gasparro

Head Pilot

Having worked on the Air Ambulance since 2002, it has proven to be both a challenging and extremely rewarding experience attending to patients in their greatest hour of need. As an Air Ambulance pilot, our role is to prepare and fly the helicopter for missions, to develop and maintain operational and safety standards and procedures, check for weather and airspace restrictions, train HEMS crew members for their aviation roles and to guide and counsel, the crew, ambulance service and charity in terms of aviation requirements and legislation.

Pilots are ultimately responsible for the aviation aspect of the air ambulance service, however we seek assistance and work within a close team of Paramedics and Doctors to deliver the best possible clinical care within an evolving service. It is this team’s work, whether performing duties at the base, whilst in flight or at the scene of an incident that enables us to help and serve the community.

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Meet Alf Gasparro

Meet Alf Gasparro

Head Pilot