NHS Highland, the Scottish Ambulance Service, the Scottish Government’s flagship managed clinical networks NOSTN/STN, BASICS Scotland and the Sandpiper Trust all continue to support PICT in its crucial work and challenge it to aspire to do ever more for the region it serves.
We thank you all.
Today marks day 1 of a renewed 6 month operational extension for this emergency team and couldn’t arrive at a more challenging moment of healthcare staffing provision, system capacity and our communities are understandably wanting to return to the normal patterns of life, travel, work, and all the familiar burdens of trauma and illness from life pre-pandemic.
Attached is our 2022 stakeholder report containing fully anonymised audit results for the now 18 month old seven-day physician/AP service and addressing questions posed regarding utilisation of our physicians and advanced practitioners, and how the Highlands and our contributing stakeholders can continue to safely progress towards equity of access to the national standards in resourcing this level of care.
PICT team clinicians are receiving an unprecedented number of questions regarding their role, as they complete the first 18 months of providing a seven day emergency service to patients in the Highlands.
As a multi-agency team both incorporating and reporting out to multiple stake-holders including NHS Highland, The Scottish Ambulance Service, The Scottish Trauma Network, BASICS Scotland, and having benefited from public donation and equipping by the charitable Sandpiper Trust, the team shares audit of activity, service developments and quality improvement projects with stakeholder reports such as the one here attached.
Much like our Standard Operating Procedures available for download in the resources section of the website, this August 2021 Stakeholder Report document is available for patients and stakeholders to utilise for any questions on the history, development, clinical activity and safety profile of the team to that point.
“Pre-hospital Immediate Care & Trauma Scheme (PICT) has developed in recent years and is a multi-disciplinary and multi-seniority service, with clinicians from hospital and community, urban and rural, consultant, GP and Nurse practitioner all participating. In addition to taskings by the National Trauma Desk to individual major trauma cases, PICT members can also be deployed as a Site Medical Team to the scene(s) of a major incident. They are supported by the Decision Support Team, a cadre of senior consultants who are available 24/7 to provide guidance and advice to PICT members, and through whom the PICT Team would be deployed as the Site Medical Team following notification/request for their
services via the Ambulance Control Centre.”
September 2017 – September 2018
We are currently in the process of updating our website to bring you the most up to date news about PICT.
You will now find our most recent responders on our ‘Meet the Team’ page to give you an idea of the kind of people that are working with PICT.
If you are a paramedic and interested in PICT be sure to look at our ‘Paramedic’ page to read some testimonials from some of our current paramedics.
Keep checking back to this page for updates. We have an exciting year ahead!
A further small step forward in building capacity and capability for pre-hospital patients in the north of Scotland is being trialed from September 2017.
Joint working between Ambulance Control, frontline crews, regional SAS operational management, the Emergency Department, Raigmore Pharmacy, NHSH, PICT responders and countless others has allowed us to trial the availability of a new team for patients in our region.
The beginnings are that of a joint PICT physician/paramedic team, available to ACC dispatchers on Monday/Friday, midday to midnight with the same goals of BASICS/SAS/NHSH/Sandpiper Trust teams everywhere; early attendance and care for time critical illness and injury and support of teams looking after patients across our region. Many thanks to all and we look forward to building this resource carefully together.