International Women’s Day – Lucy Pearce

Name: Lucy Pearce

Job Title: Responder Administrator

Role within BASICS Scotland: Supporting and setting up responders

Area of Scotland you work in: Based in Aberuthven, Perthshire





What made you want to get involved with the work of BASICS Scotland?

I have a strong interest in health care and supporting the NHS. I also enjoy working with a wide range of different people from different backgrounds and locations.  I also like chatting to people and helping them solve problems! 

We are privileged to work with so many responders/instructors that are passionate about increasing awareness of pre-hospital care and saving lives

I still can’t believe how many hours some of our responders give to supporting BASICS and their local community on top of their regular job!  

What advice would you have to other girls/women who want to work in the volunteer responder field?

I would encourage anybody to not be put off by stereotypes/or experienced professionals. Most people are approachable and are really keen to share their expertise and knowledge.    

Starting out by volunteering is a great step to understanding different professions and networking. 

What is your best memory from BASICS Scotland?  

I think one of the best moments has been seeing the recent Hypothermia Conference being received so well by health professionals in Scotland and abroad.   

A lot of people don’t know what BASICS Responders are and what level of care they can provide. 

If all health care professionals and the general public know more about what we do, this will help tremendously at the incidents our responders attend and for funding for essential equipment etc. 

What’s the best bit about your role with BASICS Scotland?

Speaking to all our responders and hopefully meeting more of them again soon! 

What’s your favourite thing about your typical day?

I find it very interesting reading the PRF’s that are submitted by our responders as this is a vital element of how we monitor and support the team.  I also like coffee time too! 

What do you love about your job?

The fact that no day is the same and that this job is evolving as we find out what our responders need and how we can develop our partnership working with SAS. 

3 biggest skills that you use in your role with BASICS Scotland?

Patience, understanding and spreadsheets!

Most challenging bit about your role with BASICS Scotland?

When I can’t solve a problem, particularly when technology isn’t doing what we would like it to do!