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Welcome to the BASICS Doctors Information Site

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust working in partnership with the British Association of Immediate Care Schemes (BASICS)

The Yorkshire Ambulance Trust works in partnership with other clinical professionals working on a voluntary basis to bring advanced clinical care to individuals who have suffered injury.

What is BASICS?

Formed in 1977, BASICS is a registered charity which acts as the national  coordinating body for schemes and individuals providing Immediate Care throughout the United Kingdom.

How did it start?

BASICS started life from the work of Dr Kenneth Easton a North Yorkshire general practitioner who with a small number of other General Practitioners were concerned that the pre-hospital care for those involved in serious motor vehicle crashes in their locality was not as good as it could be so they aimed to bring increased clinical expertise to the scene in an attempt to improve care  on a voluntary basis.


The BASICS Doctors of today come from a wide range of specialties, including general practice, surgery, medicine, accident & emergency and anaesthesia & critical care; from civilian and military backgrounds. The breadth and depth of knowledge and skills brought to the patient by this range of clinicians has continued to grow since BASICS’ inception. Much of this is still provided on a voluntary basis.

BASICS highly trained immediate care practitioners provide their services in support of the ambulance service. Their activity is not bound by this one area, immediate care practitioners can be found at

  • large sporting events,
  • major incidents,
  • public rallies
  • mass gathering events.

Major Incidents?

More recent events remind us that major incidents still happen. BASICS members continue to train for such eventualities.

Within their membership they have world leaders in the specialty who devote much of their time sharing information so that others can prepare for the worst case scenario.

BASICS members throughout the country provide voluntary major incident support to the existing emergency services. In some areas including Yorkshire, BASICS Doctors provide support in the form of Medical Incident Commanders (MIC) and, Forward Medical Officers.

The role of a qualified MIC is now a required provision for all ambulance trusts as part of emergency preparedness and draws together many of their existing skills utilised during BASICS work, some are listed here:

  • Planning and incident control
  • Clinical decision making
  • Multi-agency liaison
  • Hospital based specialty liaison
  • Chemical decontamination

The main accepted models of training for major incidents in UK are: -

  • Major Incident Medical Management and Support Course
  • HAZIMMS - Special Incident Medical Management and Support Course

The above information is provided and available from www.basics.org.uk