About us Our Service Meet the crew Renowned for our professionalism and dedication, we are one of the busiest air ambulances in the UK (1,186 total missions last year). We have about 40 current members of our crew including pilots, doctors and paramedics. Meet a few of your local hereos below. The Paramedics Read more Our highly-trained paramedics work for us through our partnership with South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS). They bring Pre Hospital medical care expertise to our patients and offer invaluable experience. In-flight our paramedics are able to provide navigation support. When they aren't working onboard G-TVAL or with the emergency response vehicle, they’re manning our Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) desk in Bicesrer, making crucial decisions about which service to deploy when a call comes in. Neil PlantHEMS Paramedic Team Lead Neil started with us in 1999 when he came across a job advert for HEMS paramedics. He applied with a few colleagues from his ambulance service and tells us he was “fortunate to be selected”. “An average day for us is impossible to guess at, and that’s the beauty of the work we do. One minute we can be sitting chatting and the next we could be flying to an incident.” As the HEMS team leader Neil’s main responsibilities include the day to day running of the air base, managing the doctors and paramedics, and keeping close links with the Charity to make sure we are working cohesively. Lisa BrownHEMS Paramedic For Lisa, working with an air ambulance service has been a life-long ambition. She progressed through the paramedic ranks for ten years with the South Central Air Ambulance before joining us in 2010. Lisa’s role is similar to that of a land-ambulance paramedic, but as a HEMS crew member, she receives more extensive training enabling her to bring enhanced care to our patients, alongside the HEMS Doctor on board G-TVAL and our ERV. For more information about Lisa and her role with TVAA, read our 'Interview with a HEMS Paramedic'. The Doctors Read more Delivering advanced medical care, our Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine (PHEM) Doctors bring specialist medical skills 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 life-saving procedures such as general anaesthetics and blood transfusions at the scene. Dr Syed MasudClinical Governance Lead Syed Masud is our clinical team leader and Consultant in Emergency Medicine and Pre Hospital Care at the John Radcliffe hospital. He has spent over 10 years training in both trauma and Pre Hospital Emergency Medicine (PHEM) including time with the British Army. His passion and commitment to advance PHEM care has seen him lead the clinical training of over 50 doctors and paramedics through his Helicopter Clinical Crew course (HCC) across the South Central region. Thanks to his vision, TVAA is an official training centre for PHEM. This means we train new doctors who split their time between PHEM and the John Radcliffe Major Trauma Centre. It also means that our HEMS service operates with a doctor-led crew almost 100% of the time. Dr Ed Norris-CervettoEd Norris is a doctor specialised in Emergency Medicine who studied and lives in Oxford. He is one of several doctors currently who has been trained by TVAA as a PHEM specialist. Ed has a particular interest in developing our Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV), which allows the expertise of the Emergency Department and Critical Care Paramedics to be delivered to even more patients than ever before. The Pilots Read more Our helicopter (G-TVAL), its maintenance support and our pilots are leased through our partnership with Babcock Air Services. Our pilots are carefully selected for their first class experience, as air ambulance flights are typically more challenging than non-emergency flights. The pilots ensure that the medic crew are able to reach the patients as soon as possible in order to receive that critical care. They also ensure that the medic crew and patient are able to safely travel to hospital as quickly as possible. Dave WebberSenior Pilot and Line Training Captain at Babcock Mission Critical Services Onshore Dave qualified with first class honours at Bath University in Electrical & Electronic Engineering and Medical Electronics. Retiring from the RAF as a Senior Officer, Dave is one of our most experienced Pilots having worked with The National Police Service and as Chief Pilot of the Chiltern Air Support Unit. Alf Gasparro Alf has been with us since 2002, and tells us his experience has been both challenging and extremely rewarding. As an Air Ambulance pilot, his role is to prepare and fly the helicopter for missions, to develop and maintain operational and safety standards and procedures, to check for weather and airspace restrictions, and to support the training of our HEMS crew members.