International Women’s Day – Zoe Smeed

Name: Zoë Smeed 

Job Title: Consultant in Emergency Medicine, PHEM and Retrieval Medicine 

Role within BASICS Scotland: BASICS Instructor 

Area of Scotland you work in: West 



What made you want to work in the world of medicine?

Ability to be able to care and help people.

Work in multi-agency/multi-disciplinary teams in a variety of different environments.

What advice would you have to other girls/women who want to work in medicine?

You can achieve anything you put your mind to!

What is your best memory from the training?

Learning how you can help patients.

The first day I flew in a helicopter.

What’s the best bit about your role?

Being able to help, care and make a difference to a patient either in the pre-hospital/hospital environment. It is very humbling and a privilege for patients to share their concerns and experiences with you.

What’s your favourite thing about your typical day?

Meeting and treating new people from different backgrounds. Treating a variety in clinical conditions in a variety of environments. Working in different multi-disciplinary teams or with different agencies.

You never know where you might travel!

What do you love about your job?

I love the variety of working both in the Emergency Department, and working for the Emergency Medical Retrieval Service.

Multi-disciplinary/multiagency team working.

Learning something new every day.

Work in a variety of different environments, both in hospital and pre-hospital, providing support for rural communities across Scotland.

Ability to work on several different transport platforms.

What are the 3 biggest non-clinical skills that you use in your day job?

Non-technical skills – especially communication and multi-disciplinary team working

Dynamic risk assessment

A most challenging bit about your job?

On occasion, despite your best efforts you are unable to fix or cure a patient’s problem. All you can do is help support them and their family through a difficult time.

Providing medical care in different pre-hospital environments and on different transport platforms is very different from working in a hospital. I love the challenge of being able to deliver medical care in new, interesting and different environments.

Are you a BASICS Responder, if yes what is the best bit about responding?