CHRIS NEIL

CHRIS NEIL

NARS Chairman and Critical Care paramedic.

Chris started his career as a Medic in the Royal Air Force (RAF) in 1993. Initially employed within primary healthcare he gained valuable experience working within a multi-disciplinary team. Chris entered paramedical education at the age of 19 and by 22 was an ALS and PHTLS instructor. Later on in his RAF carrier, Chris conducted many aeromedical evacuations with the Tactical Medical Wing providing ‘critical care in the air’ for the sick and injured in combat zones. Chris left the RAF after 10 years service after being awarded an Air Officer Commanding in Chief (AOC in C) commendation and the Order of St John of Jerusalem for his hard work and dedication to the RAF Medical profession.

In 2003 Chris joined the East Anglian Ambulance Service, working on frontline emergency ambulance duties. Two years later he completed the MAGPAS EMT course which was his first step into prehospital critical care. Chris started working on Anglia 2 with the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA), but had to stop flying after 8 months due to continual air sickness. He then started working in Norwich on a Rapid Response Vehicle, callsign 222. Chris kept his advanced skills he had gained from working on an Air Ambulance and turned the 222 car into an extended skilled unit which later became a team of 4 extended skilled Paramedics . The 222 unit was the first in the East of England Ambulance Service to provide a range of advanced skills and procedures improving patient care. In 2008 Chris joined NARS as an active member. The 222 unit was soon adopted by NARS, which allowed NARS Doctors and Paramedics to work on a fully equipped critical care car.

Chris applied to work on the EAAA again in 2012, and overcame his air sickness he had previously suffered with. He now works full time with EAAA at the Norwich and Cambridge bases attending the most critically ill and injured. Chris was elected as NARS Chairman in 2015, and in his opinion works alongside the most dedicated professionals he’s ever met. He is heavily involved in training the future generation of NARS Critical Care Paramedics and Doctors. Chris has a vision to see NARS providing critical care 24/7, supporting the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust with the most critically ill and injured patients across Norfolk.