Medical Reservists appear on national news

February 2, 2024
Exercise Sim Serpent

Personnel from 215 (Scottish) Multi-Role Medical Regiment (MMR) took part in Exercise Sim Serpent at the NHS Fife Simulation and Training Centre.

The simulation trauma management training was filmed by STV News, resulting in national TV coverage that shone a spotlight on the work of the newly-formed Regiment.

The 13 January exercise involved Point of Wounding and Pre-Hospital Treatment Team (PHTT) simulated casualty care. It brought members of 215 MMT and NHS Fife together, demonstrating the value of community partnerships.

The exercise was designed to:

  • Improve initial field assessment and management by Combat Medical Technicians (CMTs) in simulated battle scenarios, including a casualty transfer to a PHTT.
  • Develop effective teamworking skills including role delegation, communication and handover within a pre-hospital setting.
  • Effectively demonstrate the utilisation of the facilities by Regiment personnel in the presence of STV cameras for national broadcast.

Simulation is an essential component of medical, nursing and Allied Health Professional’s training programmes both within military and civilian settings. Reservists offer essential and complimentary medical, communication, and leadership skills from both sectors to give the patient the best possible care in the battlefield, as well as in other clinical settings.

Exercise Sim Serpent
Reservists taking part in Exercise Sim Serpent.

The exercise achieved its objectives by delivering effective simulated trauma management training whist improving the teamwork, communication and individual clinical skills of all of the NHS and military staff taking part.

By successfully utilising the Army Media Team, a national news broadcaster and social media outlets, the Regiment was able to reach out to a national audience of potential recruits, far beyond the reach of traditional recruitment methods.

The Simulation and Training Centre is situated at Queen Margaret Hospital in Dunfermline. It was opened in 2022 at a cost of more than £200,000 and enables clinical staff to enhance their skills and practice real-time scenarios in a controlled environment. It was funded by the Fife Health Charity.

◼︎ 215 (Scottish) Multi-Role Medical Regiment (MMR) was formed on 2 December following the merger of 205 Field Hospital and 225 (Scottish) Medical Regiment.

The occasion was marked with a Formation Parade at Edinburgh Castle. More than 300 military personnel were involved, with 120 members of the merging Regiment present.

It is now Scotland’s only Army Medical Services Regiment. It is headquartered in Glasgow with squadrons in Inverness, Aberdeen, Dundee, Glenrothes and Edinburgh.

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