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About EMC Medical Services

EMC Medical Services is a registered company of the Care Quality Commission (CQC), Qualsafe Awards, Accredited Edexcel Approved Centre and members of the Association of Healthcare Trainers which allows us to practice as an independent ambulance service, as well as providing a range of first aid training courses and specialist pre-hospital emergency care courses, in accordance with these bodies.

EMC was founded in 2006, and is owned and operated by an experienced health care professional currently practising within the National Health Service.

After providing several years of service to the community it became apparent that there was a great demand for a high quality first aid training and event medical providers, operating independently from the NHS. This is something that other people have tried to do many times before but as experienced professionals it was very easy to spot those companies with little or no real life experience in dealing with emergencies of a 999 nature.

After initially providing event medical cover we were being approached on a weekly basis to provide first aid training to various organisations. Although there are literally thousands of companies offering a first aid training services, our client base seemed to like the idea of having training delivered by people who answered 999 calls for a living. This type of training allows our clients to get a "real world" training experience whilst being safe in the knowledge that anything their tutor doesn't know about first aid training or emergency situations really isn't worth knowing! To the best of our knowledge not even the more expensive and well known training providers in the UK can offer this service.

Staff with Ambulance

We offer a range of first aid and medical training courses to suit the individual needs of our clients. All of our instructors are health care professionals who specialise in their individual areas and have hands on experience within these areas. So whether you are looking for a quick first aid refresher course, a packet of plasters, a paramedic team at your private event or even a private jet with medical escort – we're here to help!

EMC Medical Services has Public Liability, Professional Indemnity, and all staff, instructors and assessors have the qualifications required by the Care Quality Commission and Health and our other regulatory bodies to carry out their role.

Craig Barlow BSc (Hons), PG Cert Ed, MSc, MC para – Clinical Director

Craig Barlow

Craig started his medical career with the ambulance service in 1998 as an Emergency Medical Dispatcher, before qualifying and registering as a HCPC paramedic in 2006.

Once completing his BSc (Hons) in Paramedic Emergency Care at Oxford Brookes University and spending three years as an operational paramedic, Craig decided to specialise within the Urgent and Ambulatory Care sector.

He moved from the ambulance service to develop his career within a Urgent and Ambulatory Care Centre in Oxfordshire, as an Emergency Practitioner specialising in Minor Injury and Illness. He has worked within this speciality for 8 years, where he has undertaken the role of Clinical Lead, Clinical Practice Educator and Clinical Programme Lead for a MSc programme in Advance Clinical Practice. He has a particular interest in education, where he completed his Post Graduate Certificate in Education and has been heavily involved in the development of post graduate education for paramedics and nurses both locally and nationally. He was fortunate to be nominated to become an Advanced Life Support Instructor, where he is now register with the Resuscitation Council (UK).

He completed his MSc in Professional Education and Advance Clinical Practice at Oxford Brookes University in January 2017

Craig continues to practice within two NHS organisations in Oxfordshire, where he is an autonomous practitioner working within the emergency and urgent care setting. He also acts as a Specialist Advisor / Inspector to the Care Quality Commission where he is involved in inspections nationally.

He has been heavily involved within the equestrian industry for over twenty five years and is a manager of his own British Horse Society - Approved Livery Yard. He still actively rides and keeps his horses at his yard in Blewbury.

Craig is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Management, British Association for Immediate Care, College of Paramedics and is registered to practice with the Health Care Professions Council.

Barry Wildsmith MBA – Operations Director

Barry Wildsmith

Barry is currently completing an MBA at Warwick business school and has recently joined EMC as Operations Director. As a qualified Emergency Medical Technician and trainer/assessor he is involved in the development and delivery of our specialist first aid courses, as well as the management and development of our community education and volunteering programmes.

Barry has a wide range of experience working with the public and voluntary sector, most recently as Director of Community Programmes for a Thames Valley based charity, a role which included the strategic management of both central and local government contracts.

Prior to this Barry worked for the British Red Cross within both a domestic and international setting, on projects including the development of training for vulnerable young people and international humanitarian law. Barry holds his City and Guilds training and assessors qualifications and is about to embark onto his Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS).


Dr Lizle Blom MBChB, FRCEM – Chief Medical Advisor

Lizle Blom

Lizle has been a doctor, registered with the General Medical Council for 17 years and has worked for the NHS for 14 years. Lizle joined EMC Medical Services in 2009 as Chief Medical Advisor.

Lizle is a Consultant in Accident and Emergency Medicine and Pre-hospital Medicine. She is an Advanced Trauma and Life Support instructor, an Adult and Paediatric life support provider. She became involved within Equestrian sports through British Eventing at Blenheim International horse trials and has an interest in a variety of sports.

Lizle is a keen martial artist with a 3rd dan black belt in Taekwondo and has competed internationally in Korea. Lizle has particular interest in sports medicine and pre-hospital emergency care.


Dr Vincent Argent FIMC, FRCA, MRCPI, FRCOG, MFSRH, DA, DCH, RCOG, DFSRH, DIMC, DGM, - Honorary Surgeon

Vincent Argent

Dr Vincent Argent is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Weston super Mare Hospital.

He is a sub-specialist in Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine and has the Fellowship in Immediate Medical Care (FIMC) examination.

He is on the General Medical Council Specialist Register in Anaesthetics and Obstetrics and Gynaecology and is also the GP Register.

He describes himself as a 'Desert Island Doctor' with the broad clinical skills to manage any unscheduled emergency in any location. He has worked for the NHS and Defence Medical Services in the UK, the UK Overseas Territories and abroad and also in Canada.

He was a Consultant in Interface Acute and Emergency Medicine in Oxford and is a TEAM (Teaching Emergency Airway Management) Instructor.

His academic interests include the effects of service configuration on access to emergency services, trauma and pregnancy, emergency childbirth and extended clinical practice for paramedics.