CCAT - Clinical Considerations in Aeromedical Transport

CCAT Foundation Level course

CCAT Instructors


Course Director

Dr Terry Martin




The CCAT concept was designed and developed by Dr Terry Martin, a former Royal Air Force Medical Officer with a broad-based background in anaesthetics, intensive care, emergency medicine, general practice, and aviation medicine. He has been involved in the organisation, practice and teaching of both civilian and military aeromedical transport since 1984 and was Medical Director at Europ Assistance (UK) in 1991. In 1992 he worked as a trauma registrar on the London HEMS (Helicopter Emergency Medical Service) and, between 1994 and 1998, he was Senior Medical Officer in the Aeromedicine and Neuroscience Department of the Centre of Human Sciences (formerly the RAF Institute of Aviation Medicine) in Farnborough. Since leaving regular RAF service, he has been Deputy Squadron Commander and Senior Medical Officer with 4626 Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force based at RAF Lyneham. More recently, Terry worked as a paediatric and adult critical care transfer doctor for Pacific Air Ambulance based in Auckland, New Zealand, as well as for the Air Medical Evacuation service of the Royal New Zealand Air Force. Terry currently works full time as an intensivist and anaesthetist in Winchester and is a part-time Flight Physician with various air UK-based ambulance organisations. He also teaches emergency medicine, critical care and aviation medicine courses in his spare time, as well as acting as medical adviser to several aeromedical companies. He has set up and developed air ambulance systems worldwide and has lectured and published extensively in the fields of emergency medicine, neuroscience and aviation medicine. Terry also directs the Medical Emergencies in Flight (MEF) course and the Helicopter Medical Flight Crew (HMFC) training course for helicopter flight paramedics, nurses and physicians. Between 2004 and mid 2008, Terry was also the lead academic coordinator and tutor for aeromedical retrieval and transport distance learning courses run by the university of Otago in New Zealand. During this time he designed, taught and examined various postgraduate suites of courses, up to Masters level, for doctors and other health care professionals in air ambulance work. Terry is currently a consultant and educational supervisor in intensive care medicine and anaesthesia, associate clinical professor in critical care, and an examiner at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He is also advisor and Medical Director of Capital Air Ambulance in the south west of England. Finally, Terry trained as a pilot in the Royal Air Force and, in his spare time, he flies an ex-Navy Westland Wasp helicopter.

Course Instructors

Dr Geoff Tothill

With a background in emergency medicine, Geoff is now the Chief Medical Officer of First Assist, a Surrey based medical assistance company. He has a wide experience and knowledge of aeromedical matters and maintains a passion for teaching which has given him opportunities to lecture in the UK and overseas. He worked with Terry for the University of Otago aeromedical retrieval courses between 2007 an 2008, and eventually succeeded Terry as the academic lead in July 2008.

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