Steve Mannion, Clinical Lead for the UK Emergency Medial Team, observes an operation on a man injured in the Nepal earthquake
Steve Mannion is the clinical lead of the UK's International Emergency Trauma Register, a volunteering scheme run by the NHS with funding from the Department for International Development.
The register allows specially trained NHS medical professionals to be deployed from the UK to other countries in times of need, to help respond to humanitarian emergencies. The medics are deployed as part of the UK's Emergency Medical Team (UK EMT), which is also funded by the UK government through the Department for International Development.
The 30-person UK EMT was deployed to Nepal on 26 April 2015, after the government of Nepal requested international assistance to help it respond to the 7.8 magnitude earthquake which struck the country on 25 April.
The team was deployed alongside the 60-person UK International Search and Rescue Team, which is comprised of specialist urban search and rescue firefighter teams from fire & rescue services around the UK.
“I’ve worked in on lots of disaster responses before – including the Pakistan earthquake, the South East Asian tsunami and the typhoon that hit the Philippines in 2013", says Steve.
“The thing that’s really impressed me here is the way in which the Nepali people and the Nepali doctors have done so much themselves.
"There are very seriously injured people being transferred into Kathmandu. The clinical teams, anaesthetists and surgeons have been working absolutely flat out over the last week to meet their needs.
“I’m very glad our team has been able to help, but the main effort has come from the Nepali stuff themselves, who have delivered a very high standard of care under the most difficult circumstances."
Together, members of the UK EMT and ISAR teams have helped re-open 10 operating theatres and 400 beds at the NMC hospital in Kathmandu, meaning that many more injured Nepalese can be treated and cared for there.
Picture: Russell Watkins/DFID