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3 October 2017

NHS Grampian consultant appointed co-vice chair of prestigious organisation

A Moray consultant has been appointed to a prominent national position it has been announced.

Doctor Pam Hardy, Lead Consultant in Emergency Care at Dr Gray's Hospital in Elgin, has been announced as the elected doctor co-vice chair of the Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.
The new role is in addition to Dr Hardy's existing position with the organisation as regional coordinator for Scotland.
Alasdair Pattinson, general manager at Dr Gray's Hospital, said: "Dr Hardy has a wealth of experience and is truly an asset to all who work with her, both in her role at Dr Gray's and her ongoing work with the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh. 
"It is fantastic to have one of our Dr Gray's team appointed to such a prominent role. This highlights the opportunities for anyone working with us and the high calibre of staff we have here. 
"We are delighted for Dr Hardy and wish her every success in her role."

A founder member of the Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care at its inception in 1997, Dr Hardy said: "I am delighted to be elected to this position. The Faculty's aim is to set and maintain clinical standards for all practitioners in this evolving specialty. It is truly ground-breaking in its success of recognising pre-hospital care as a multi-professional specialty and effectively integrating the efforts of all participants. 
"One of my first responsibilities in this new role is discussing developments in remote & rural care and at Dr Gray's we have a vision of developing as a centre of excellence to deliver training to those interested in these aspects of a career - and already have some experience with the Acute Care Remote & Rural GP Fellowships. We want to extend that to surgeons and other specialties with partners in neighbouring and island health boards." 
As part of the Dr Gray's team and NHS Grampian, Dr Hardy is clinical lead for trauma at Dr Gray's and represents the health board on the Pre-Hospital Group of the Scottish Trauma Network.
She said: "These are exciting times with the development of the Trauma Network in Scotland and the task of providing equitable access to immediate care before and during transfer to and between hospitals and my role places me ideally to contribute to that for the North of Scotland, where our geography and climate pose additional challenges. 
"I am passionate about ensuring all those able to contribute to the delivery of patient care from the moment of accident or onset of illness, have equal access to uniform training appropriate to their level. We also need to cement the relationships and agreements between statutory and voluntary care, as much of the delivery is, and will continue to be on a charitable basis. Developing formal roles and training in the North of Scotland will create posts that are attractive at recruiting doctors and other professionals to come and work here." 
Originally from Nottingham, Dr Hardy has been a consultant for 16 years and trained in paediatrics and emergency medicine in and around Sheffield, before moving to Elgin in 2011. She has been active in the provision of pre-hospital care over that time and still continues to commute 450 miles to fly regularly with the Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance.
Since arriving in Moray 6 years ago, Dr Hardy has delivered multi-professional training sessions including vehicle and industrial extrication, water and mountain rescue exercises and major incident scenarios in conjunction with BASICS Scotland, local emergency services and military agencies.
Dr Hardy has previously received a BASICS Award, the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal and a Chief Constable's Commendation for her work in pre-hospital care. She is also the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health representative on the Intercollegiate Board for Training in Pre-hospital Emergency Medicine, the organisation that was responsible for the recognition of pre-hospital emergency medicine being recognised as a subspecialty by the GMC in 2011.​