UK-Med provides emergency medical care in the aftermath of large and sudden-onset disasters. Healthcare workers committed to emergency humanitarian response are invited to join the UK-Med Community of Practice. Through the Community of Practice, UK-Med recruits, develops and provides training to clinicians and allied health professionals who volunteer their services to respond at times of crisis and conflict.
UK-Med was established as a charity in 1995 to facilitate the provision of healthcare workers from across the UK to support the hospitals in Sarajevo during the Balkans war. Subsequently, UK-Med has deployed teams to countries and crises including to China in 2008 following the Sichuan earthquake; to Haiti in 2010 following the earthquake; to the Philippines in response to Typhoon Haiyan (2013); to Gaza in 2014 following renewed conflict and to Nepal in response to the 2015 earthquake. UK-Med, in response to the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in Sierra Leone, funded by aid from the UK government, recruited and trained NHS volunteers for deployment to Ebola Treatment Centres.
UK-Med also works with colleagues in disaster-prone countries to increase their medical and surgical skills and knowledge, developing capacity to respond to disasters in their own country and region.
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.