Paul Savage

Chairman of the UK Search and Rescue Medical Group

Paul is a Physiotherapist and has been a Search and Rescue Volunteer with the RNLI and HM Coastguard for 31 years. He joined the RNLI full time in 2005 as Head of Medicine. He was responsible for the operational medical response of the whole RNLI as well as the architect and custodian of their Clinical Governance.  He advised on all matters casualty care related - from kit carried, casualty care course design to casualty-friendly boat design. For this work which created a complete step change of maritime medicine around the UK, Paul was awarded an OBE in December 2013. Since 2014 as Managing Director of his own company Saviour Medical, Paul has a mixed portfolio of pre-hospital medical related work including; casualty care course design and teaching, Clinical Governance, Medical Consultancy and University Lecturing. He was appointed a Visiting Fellow of Bournemouth University in early 2017. Paul is Chairman of the UK Search and Rescue Medical Group which shapes the future and direction of UK SAR medicine, and is the SAR Advisor to the Main Advisory Board of the Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh). Paul presents on the 7 Ways to Die in Cold water, explaining the latest knowledge and understanding of what happens when humans are submersed or immersed in water below 25 degrees Celsius. He has been fortunate enough to present this both nationally and internationally.

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