Friday evening

Duncan Scott

Duncan Scott is an acute physician in NHS Highland working mainly in Raigmore hospital Inverness in medical high dependency, ambulatory care and the acute medical unit. He also works in Caithness general hospital in Wick providing general and acute medical service there. He trained in the north of Scotland and Tasmania Australia, with an interest in rural health care. He also has a strong interest in medical education and is currently the deputy director of medical education for NHS Highland. He is vice chair of the society of acute medicine, Scotland and lead for acute medicine in Raigmore. His wife is a local GP in Aviemore. When not at work he enjoys time in the outdoor often in the Spey Valley with our three children and dog. For the last eleven years he has volunteered with the Cairngorm mountain rescue team, and more recently as a BASICS Responder and part of the PICT team in Inverness.

Duncan’s talk will draw together experience from looking after acutely unwell patients across the highlands both in hospital and in some interesting out of hospital environments too. He will also discuss how innovation in the department of medical education might support rural health care in both primary and secondary care.


Jamie Cooper

Jamie Cooper has been an Emergency Medicine Consultant in Aberdeen since 2008 where he has developed a research interest in the clinical risk stratification of patients with cardiac sounding chest pain and an non-diagnostic ECG. In particular, he is the Chief investigator on the Ambulance Cardiac Chest Pain Evaluation in Scotland Study (ACCESS) which aims to evaluate whether accurate risk stratification of these patients (including a near patient cardiac Troponin test) can be performed by paramedics in the back of an ambulance.

He is married to a very tolerant wife and has five children who think that he has ‘bitten off more than he can chew’.

Donna Paterson

Donna has always had an interest in pre-hospital care and initially she wanted to become a paramedic with the Scottish Ambulance service. With better than expected exam results and a bit of experience with the RAF under her belt she was fortunate to get into medical school and was naturally drawn to Emergency Medicine.

After 9 years of training within NHS Grampian Donna is now a consultant in Emergency Medicine with an interest in trauma and developing a pre-hospital service within NHS Grampian.
She is delighted to have been asked to present at the BASICS conference around silver trauma as this can pose a challenge both in the hospital and pre-hospital setting.

Donna is married and when not at work enjoys spending time up in Inverness on their boat.

Helene Marshall

Helene is a midwife working at NHS Education for Scotland and leads the Scottish Multiprofessional Maternity Development program providing clinical skills courses for the maternity and neonatal workforce and for those who provide unscheduled care for pregnant women and their families. Initially trained as a nurse and then a midwife, she has worked in a variety of clinical maternity roles over her career but now spends most of her time teaching.

She has had an interest in remote and rural issues since working in rural Zambia, where she met her husband of 35 years who is a fellow Scot. With three grown up children, she now spends her spare time during the summer season sailing on the west of Scotland so that she can occasionally see her husband who lives happily on their boat in Loch Linne.

Professor James Ferguson

James Ferguson

Professor James Ferguson was born in Aberdeen and educated at Robert Gordon’s College and Aberdeen University, graduating in Medicine in 1983. He is a Consultant Surgeon in Emergency Medicine with a specialist interest in Paediatric Accident and Emergency.

He is a Visiting Professor to the Robert Gordon University, a Reader in Emergency Medicine with Aberdeen University and a Board Member of BASICs Scotland. He is retained by Eon Productions as a medical advisor.

For the last 11 years, he has been National Clinical Lead to the Scottish Centre for TeleHealth and Telecare (SCTT).

Mark Worrall

James Ferguson

Mark has recently started working as a Paediatric Intensivist in Glasgow, having previously trained as an anaesthetist in the North East of England and the West of Scotland. His interest areas include paediatric resuscitation, the management of critically unwell children in rural and remote areas and simulation. Since 2016 he has been a BASICS Scotland Responder.

He is married and in his spare time he can be found trying (badly) to improve his running.