UK Emergency Medical Team

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UK-Med is a key partner of the UK Emergency Medical Team, the Government’s frontline health response to disasters overseas.

The UK Emergency Medical Team (UK EMT) provides high quality emergency health care solutions in a range of humanitarian contexts on behalf of the UK Government. Funded by UK Aid, it’s the frontline of the UK’s response to disasters around the world.

UK-Med helps to staff, launch and manage UK Emergency Medical Team responses. We recruit, vet and train team members, so they’re available to help in emergencies overseas. At any time, we have a team of 60 clinicians who are ready to respond to disasters anywhere in the world within 24 hours.

The UK Emergency Medical Team delivers essential medical care following earthquakes, cyclones, hurricanes, disease outbreaks and other humanitarian emergencies. Depending on the needs of the countries and communities affected, this might involve:

  • individual personnel
  • small clinical or advisory teams
  • self-sufficient primary care facilities, or
  • a field hospital, including surgical team and inpatient facilities.

Most UK Emergency Medical Team responses will include UK-based medics who are released from NHS jobs for three weeks at a time by their employers. The first step to being part of a UK EMT response is by applying to join the UK-Med Register.

The UK EMT is a partnership made up of UK-Med, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), Humanity & Inclusion, the UK Fire and Rescue Service, and Palladium.

Photos (L-R): UK EMT physios Susie Wolstenholme and Maeve Tohill do physio with 9-year-old measles patient Ioane in Samoa. Consultant Paul Ransom treats a coronavirus patient at Nork Hospital in Armenia. UK EMT team member Franklin Umenze leads resuscitation training in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

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