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4 January 2019

Medical Oversight for the Fire & Rescue Services.


A systematic process to maintain and improve the quality, effectiveness, and safety of casualty care within a Fire & Rescue Service.

What is Medical Oversight for the Fire & Rescue Services?

Effective Medical Oversight is an active safety & quality improvement process for Fire & Rescue Services, It forms a fundamental part of the Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP).

Medical Oversight is embedded in all aspects of first aid and casualty care and ensures that appropriate risk assessments are made, training needs are defined, relevant and delivered to the required standards with equipment that is fit for purpose.

It also involves ongoing audit processes to monitor and review the safety and effectiveness of policies, training, and equipment. This includes a review of every casualty intervention to help define further training needs and the future strategic direction of the Fire & Rescue Service.

Medical Oversight also provides an essential route for reviewing incidents, deaths and any areas of concern. Identified learning can then be fed back through the process to the relevant parties or back to senior management teams for consideration of any recommended changes.

Implemented correctly, Medical Oversight can positively impact on all areas of an organisation not only achieving its aim of continued improvement in casualty care but also by greatly increasing the confidence of your non-medical professionals attending the public with injuries and life-threatening problems.

The ATACC Group Medical Oversight Structure

Public Perception

For a Fire & Rescue Service, effective Governance can bring improvements in staff engagement and morale but also the public perception of the organisation, as a highly professional body developing it’s role to meet a community need whilst demonstrating the required due diligence.

In summary Medical Oversight is a process that empowers the team to develop and grow on a robust foundation that ultimately benefits colleagues and the communities they serve.