International Women’s Day



The 8th of March 2021 is international women’s day. A day that focuses on forging gender equality, celebrate women’s achievements, raise awareness against bias and take action for equality.

A challenged world is an alert world. Individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day.

We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women’s achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world.

From challenge comes change, so let’s all choose to challenge.


On this theme BASICS Scotland would like to take this opportunity, over the course of the week, to celebrate some of the women that make BASICS tick. We will introduce you to a number of women who work in different roles in and around BASICS Scotland.


Individual Introductions for the women

Each day we will be releasing blogs posts dedicated to our wonderful women of BASICS Scotland

Monday –

Leona Burnett Is a GP, BASICS instructor and responder

Martine Scott work for the Scottish Rural Medicine Collaborative as programme lead and is also a non-executive director on the board of BASICS Scotland

Tuesday –

Catrina Hewitt is a rural GP and BASICS instructor, clinical educator and responder and tells us a bit about why she got involved in the world of medicine and BASICS Scotland 

Lucy Pearce supports and sets up the BASICS responders

Wednesday –

Sonja Marwick is a clinical training officer and paramedic for the Scottish ambulance service and joins the BASICS team as an instructor on courses

Thursday –

Heather Sinclair works full time at BASICS Scotland as a clinical educator and is a paramedic and mountain rescue team member and has been set up as a BASICS responder.

Lucy Powls is a midwife and instructor and runs the maternity and neonatal emergencies modules for BASICS Scotland

Friday –

Zoe Smeed is a consultant in emergency medicine, PHEM and retrieval medicine as well as a BASICS instructor 


More profiles:

Lorna Duff is the General Manager of BASICS Scotland 

Lisa Macinnes is the director of education for BASICS Scotland  

Carol Robb is the course co-ordinator at BASICS Scotland and the one who keep us all in order and the course (and more) organised and running well.