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Dr Paddy Morgan 

Current employment and positions of responsibility

  • Consultant Anaesthetist, North Bristol NHS Trust. Specialising in anaesthesia for Orthopaedic trauma,

    Spinal surgery and Neurosurgery.

  • Trauma Team Leader, North Bristol NHS Trust. Southmead hospital is a major trauma centre in the Severn

    Region, part of my role is to lead the multi-disciplinary team upon arrival of the major trauma patient. I am also

    responsible for the governance of anaesthesia in this acute phase of trauma care.

  • Critical Care Doctor, Great Western Air Ambulance. As a consultant with the service I deliver and train pre-

    hospital medical trainees in all aspects of pre-hospital care.

  • Honorary Medical Advisor Surf Lifesaving GB. Governance lead and advisor for the medical elements of

    the organisation.

  • International Life Saving Federation, Medical Committee Member.

  • UK Search and Rescue, Medical sub-committee. Medical member/ advisor.

  • International Drowning Research Alliance. Honorary Member

  • Extreme Environments Laboratory, University of Portsmouth. I act as a medical officer for the lab,

    supervising high risk experiments, reviewing research protocols, as well as conducting my own research - which are contributing to my PhD. The lab specialises in studying the physiology and performance of the human body in extreme environments.

  • Instructor Wilderness Medical Training - Instruct both medical and non-medical personnel in all areas of expedition and wilderness medicine.

  • Honorary lecturer, Diploma in Mountain Medicine, Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, and the UIAA.

  • Honorary lecturer, International Diploma in Expedition and Wilderness Medicine, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

Previous employments and achievements of note

  • Consultant in pre-hospital and retrieval medicine, with the Emergency Medicine, Retrieval and

    Transfer service Cymru. I was involved in the delivery of operational targets and in the development of the

    governance and training for the first 18 months of the service going live.

  • Medical Advisor RNLI, Medical and Survival Committee. I served on the committee for ten years until my

    tenure of service was complete.

  • Medical Advisor Virgin Global Row expedition. Organised and advised on the medical provision for this

    solo rowing attempt to circumnavigate the Antarctica.

  • Medical Advisor BEST channel swim challenge. Advised and supervised the medical screening, and

    safety aspects of this project which successfully had the youngest (Average age 13yrs) team complete the

    swim across the english channel.

  • Clinical Lead Medical Team, Brazilian Jungle Ultra-Marathon. Established and managed the governance

    structure and for Exiles medics for this, their first endeavour. As a result I managed a team of 12 medics in- country providing care to 120 athletes competing in a 200km, self sufficient race over 6 days through the Brazilian Jungle. Whilst I no longer have a direct relationship with the group they are using the same governance structure and provide event cover for extreme events around the world.

  • Medical Advisor "Wake of the Finnmen" - Greenland to Scotland kayak expedition. Working again with Olly Hicks and George Bullard provided the remote medical advice for the pair as they Kayak without support vessel from Greenland to Scotland.

  • Avon and Somerset Search and Rescue. For just over ten years I was doctor for this mountain rescue team, where I was also a technical rope and water rescue technician. I also instructed on the the Mountain Rescue Casualty Care course and sat on the national medical steering committee.

  • Lecturing I have lectured nationally and internationally on drowning, immersion/ submersion, the response of the human body in extreme environments and airway management in major trauma. I have previously been a lecturer for the University of the West of Englands Paramedical Science and Masters Advanced Practitioner Courses.

  • Publications Chapters written for the Oxford Handbook of expedition and wilderness medicine, Nancy Caroline’s Emergency Care in the Streets, ABC of Transfer and Retrieval Medicine.


  • Association of Air Ambulances, Air Ambulance Doctor of the Year, 2018

  • The Lifesaving Foundation, 2020 Ireland Medal recipient 

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