Dr Iain MacNeil
Dr Iain McNeil
MB, ChB, FIMC RCS(Ed), Dip IMC RCS(Ed), DRCOG, DFFP
Ian is the ERT SAR Standards and Medical Governance Advisor.
Iain developed the medical capability of the UKISAR team and was for twenty years its Medical Director. He deployed to five earthquakes and provided base support for several other deployments. Iain served on the INSARAG medical committee for many years and helped to develop the current medical standards and protocols for international teams. He was a Medical Classifier for INSARAG.
Ian is an experienced provider of pre-hospital emergency care with a career that spans forty years. He qualified as a Doctor in Scotland and started out as a GP after several years training in hospitals in a variety of specialities. He soon migrated into urgent and emergency care and balanced a role as a 24/7 volunteer responder with his GP workload before eventually converting to a full-time role in the emergency services.
He is now retired from front line duty but continues to serve the pre-hospital community in an advisory and educational capacity being the consultant medical adviser to the UK horse racing industry through the Racecourse Association and to the Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI) where he advises and teaches on pre-hospital care and major incident management in addition to his role with ERT-SAR.
Iain has served as a Medical Director in two NHS ambulance services and NHS Direct where he led the initial development of the JRCALC clinical guidelines and was heavily involved in the development of clinical governance as the national ambulance service advisor for the NHS Modernisation Agency. He was also Medical Director of several other NHS organisations where he championed extended roles for health care practitioners and developed alternate care pathways in urgent and emergency settings. He served on numerous national committees where he helped to develop the emergency pre-hospital care agenda with representatives of all the emergency services and the military.
He was an active pe-hospital responder both in the UK and abroad until recently. Alongside his principal jobs he was always a volunteer for the British Association for Immediate Care (BASICS), which he ultimately chaired, and he set up a large and successful immediate care scheme in Southeast England and worked closely with emergency service colleagues at serious incidents for several decades. He became very involved in developing education for prehospital care providers and was recognised with a BASICS Award and Honorary Life membership of BASICS for his work.
He is a founding member of the Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care.