UKEMT programme


UK-Med is a core partner in the delivery of the UK Emergency Medical Team (UKEMT) programme funded by the Department for International Development (DFID). In line with World Health Organisation (WHO) aims, UKEMT members will be trained and prepared to respond to trauma, medical and public health emergencies. 

As part of this programme, UK-Med hosts registers of trained clinicians and allied health professionals (medical, trauma and public health) within the UK-Med Community of Practice.

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Interested healthcare workers who would like to be involved in the UKEMT are encouraged to join the UK-Med Community of Practice or contact the team directly with any queries. Details of the selection criteria can be found on our Volunteer section.

Over the past five years, the EMT network initiative driven by the World Health Organisation (WHO) has begun to make a great impact. The initiative aims to ensure that governments and people affected by sudden-onset disasters and outbreaks can be assured a predictable and timely response by trained and self-sufficient medical teams.

The UKEMT is committed to achieving international minimum standards within a globally coordinated response system. In December 2016, the UKEMT was officially verified by the WHO to respond with a Type 1 (Fixed) or Type 2 team.

Type 1 Team (Fixed)

  • Must be capable of treating at least 100 outpatients per day
  • Key Services:
    • Triage, assessment and first aid
    • Stabilisation and referral of severe trauma and non-trauma emergencies
    • Definitive care for minor trauma and non-trauma emergencies
  • Should be in a position to stay 2-3 weeks or even longer if they are in specialised cell
  • They should arrive at the fastest possible time ideally within 24-48 hours
  • Be able to work from existing structure or supply their own fixed or mobile  outpatient facilities

Type 2 Team

  • Provide inpatient acute care, general and obstetric surgery for trauma and other major conditions
  • Surgical triage and assessment
  • Advanced life support
  • Definitive wound and basic fracture management
  • Damage control surgery
  • Emergency general and obstetric surgery
  • Inpatient care for non-trauma emergencies
  • Basics anaesthesia, X-ray, sterilisation, laboratory and blood transfusion
  • Rehab services and patient follow-up
  • Available for at least 3 weeks but ideally longer