Sally Armond MCPara, is pleased the College supports volunteer rescue workers with insurance cover
My name is Sally Armond, I work full-time as a paramedic for the North West Ambulance Service and am an active volunteer paramedic team member and Search Dog Handler for Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Team (OVMRT). The team’s remit includes Search and Rescue (SAR) within a range of hazardous environments, including technical rope rescue on steep mountain crags, swift water rescue and terrain searches including coastal areas, forestry, moorland and mountain ridges. All OVMRT members - including ‘Spin’ the Search Dog, are helicopter winch trained and due to the local geography, they regularly work closely alongside SAR aircrews to facilitate the rapid location, access, treatment and evacuation of casualties in difficult to reach locations. The team also assist the Police, Welsh ambulance service and HM Coastguard by providing SAR expertise for complex incidents in urban and rural areas. All team members are experienced mountaineers, who are on-call day and night, 365 days a year, in all weather conditions.
We are one of the busiest Mountain Rescue Teams in the UK and consequently we have to be on top of our game when it comes to setting high standards for the delivery of patient care. We have three paramedics in the team, who have each been issued with full paramedic equipment and drugs kits. It is essential, therefore, that we are appropriately insured to work up to our full scope of practice.
It was fantastic news to when the College of Paramedics introduced the £5 million professional indemnity insurance cover for paramedic volunteers including those involved in Mountain Rescue work. Full membership, including insurance costs only £94.80 per annum (£7.90 per month), which is excellent value compared to the private broker premiums exceeding £500 per policy that I had previously been quoted. The added bonus of this insurance policy is that it also provides me with cover for my part-time paid medical teaching work, as well as all of my voluntary work.