There are times when the hospital must come to the patient
This much loved and highly valued charity was established 20 years ago to do just this for the people of Dorset and Somerset, by the provision of an air ambulance service. Receiving no direct funding from the Government or the National Lottery, we rely on the generosity of the public for support. Operational costs are around £6 million a year with an approximate cost per mission of £3,000. In 2019/2020 the air ambulance was activated 2116 times, an increase on the previous year of 34%.
The airbase is situated at Henstridge Airfield on the Dorset/Somerset border and the helicopter, an AW169, one of the latest of its type, can be at any point in the two counties in less than 20 minutes. More importantly, the helicopter can, if required, then take a patient to the nearest Major Trauma Centre in the South West within a further 20 minutes. All aspects of the air operations and associated governance are provided by Specialist Aviation Services .
Its cohort of clinicians includes a number of senior emergency physicians, intensive care consultants and anaesthetists and specialist practitioners (a mix of nurses and paramedics) in critical care. Together, they form a critical care team, for each mission. The doctors are predominantly drawn from NHS Hospital Trusts across the region and the practitioners from South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) who also provide Clinical Governance for their work.
We are now is seeking to recruit new Trustees to join our dynamic and high performing Board. The Trustee role can be very rewarding and enjoyable offering an opportunity to serve the community whilst learning new skills. The Trustees role is to focus on the strategic direction of the charity and to ensure effectiveness and accountability. Day-to-day operational decisions are delegated to the Chief Executive and Senior Management Team. The charity currently employs 19 staff and is supported by a team of approx 120 dedicated volunteers.
We have a number of Trustees planning to retire over the next twelve months and are interested in hearing from potential Trustees who can offer experience in one the following areas:-
- Human Resources
- Fundraising/income generation
- A clinical/NHS background
- A good understanding and knowledge of local communities
We would love to hear from you if you would like to discuss trusteeship in more detail.