The Pre-Hospital Care Programme (PCP)


The Pre-Hospital Care Programme (PCP)  was founded in 2007 by Dr. Emma Lightbody (at the time a medical student at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry), Dr. Anne Weaver (Barts and The London), Mr Craig Cassidy (LAS Paramedic) and Professor Danë Goodsman (Barts and The London School of Medicine). Alongside its original collaboration with the London Ambulance Service, since 2018 the programme is run in partnership with The Institute of Pre-Hospital Care at London's Air Ambulance. 

The programme provides a unique educational opportunity to 46 selected medical students each year at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry to gain early clinical exposure in the pre-hospital environment including clinical placements and reflections within a series of special study modules. It appeals to medical students who are enthusiastic about the field of Emergency Medicine and Pre-Hospital Care, and offers them a unique opportunity to enhance their knowledge and experience. 

The Institute of Pre-Hospital Care is heavily involved in the development of the PCP and many PCP events are supported by The Institute. Likewise, many of the events hosted by The Institute are supported by PCP student volunteers. In addition, each month of the academic year, the Pre-Hospital Care Programme hosts an Academic Forum (AF). These are two-hour long events featuring case presentations and teaching from students, and doctors and paramedics involved with The Institute and from LAS.  Students on the programme are also involved in interactive practical skills workshops. The Academic Forums are entirely run by students and are open to medical students, paramedics, student paramedics, doctors and anyone else interested in prehospital medicine.