Capital Air Ambulance Appoints New Chief Medical Officer To Lead Expansion

Capital Air Ambulance (CAA), the UK’s largest EURAMI accredited air ambulance operator, has appointed senior aviation physician Dr Simon Forrington to spearhead a significant expansion of the clinical team powering the aeromedical service’s continued growth.

The announcement, a key landmark in the company’s ongoing expansion campaign, will see the recently appointed Chief Medical Officer lead the recruitment of an enlarged airborne medical team, appointing senior clinicians in key specialisms to support CAA’s rapidly growing global operations.

A HEMS consultant with North West Air Ambulance Service and leading figure in the UK aeromedical sector, Dr Forrington joins Capital - the aeromedical brand of Rigby Group’s aviation division and Britain’s No 1 provider of fixed wing air ambulance services, during a period of sustained growth.

CAA founder and Director Lisa Humphries said:

Since we announced our growth strategy less than four years ago, expansion has been rapid and sustained, with increased demand from both international and domestic clients for dedicated air ambulance capacity driving a corresponding expansion of our fleet, ground support and medical staff.

As an experienced senior flight physician with a great deal of experience in the field of aviation medicine, Dr Forrington brings a wealth of expertise to the company and precisely the skill set we need to maintain the high clinical and service standards that have brought CAA this far. I have every confidence that both he and his new team will continue to build on the excellent foundations laid by our retiring CMO, Dr Terry Martin.”

With CAA recently completing the acquisition of a third Learjet 45 shortly after the expansion of its King Air fleet to five aircraft, and the operator’s Critical Care ground ambulance fleet increased from two to four vehicles to enable greater service cover within the UK, its new CMO joins at an important juncture for the company.

Dr Forrington added:

“This is an exciting time to be appointed as Chief Medical Officer for Capital, and certainly with all the medical and operational personnel I have grown to know in my engagements with CAA over several years. It’s a service where big ambitions are matched by high standards, and I’m delighted to be part of it.”

“In addition to appointing a Senior Medical Team of consultants to strengthen our expertise across specialist areas including critical care, neonatal and patient welfare, we also plan to work closely with NHS organisations to boost our compliance with their latest procedures and practices, and to look for any efficiencies that can be driven to continually improve patient care and outcomes.”

Capital’s new CMO has previously served as a senior flight physician for both CAA and AMREF, is a HEMS Consultant with the North West Ambulance Service, and was co-designer of the standard-setting NAPSTaR course ( Neonatal, Adult and Paediatric Safe Transfer and Retrieval). Gaining his first degree in Information Technology, he has a track record of combining this discipline in his work as a medical practitioner in areas such as training and resources.

CAA provides medical assistance and medical repatriation flights 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year from its UK bases at Birmingham and Exeter Airports.