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StreetDoctors welcomes a new CEO

We are delighted to announce Lucie Russell as our new Chief Executive Officer. Lucie will be taking up the position in May 2019. Please click here for more information.

Christmas Newsletter 2018

2018 has sadly seen a tragic increase in violence affecting young people. Alongside our delivery partners and with the support of our funders, StreetDoctors volunteers have managed to teach more young people than ever before. We’re also pleased to announce our interim CEO, Nicky Hill, she is a strong advocate for a public health trauma-informed approach to youth violence and was a StreetDoctors Trustee from 2015 – 2017. Read the full newsletter here

Announcement on 7th December 2018

Today we announce that Jo Broadwood, Chief Executive of StreetDoctors, is moving on from the charity. During the last five years Jo has overseen the growth of the organisation from 9 teams in 2014 to its current size of 20 teams in 16 cities across the UK. In that time StreetDoctors volunteers have equipped thousands of young people at risk of violence with the skills and confidence to act in a medical emergency, treating them as potential lifesavers capable of acting responsibly to help others.  Jo’s strategic leadership has provided the charity with strong foundations for growth and we look forward to continuing to work with others to support young people to live safer and healthier lives.

Jo has been appointed as Chief Executive of the Cohesion and Integration Network (COIN), a national charity that strengthens good relations between and within communities.

Jo will remain in her current post until the end of January. Details of the recruitment process will be announced in due course. Read Press Release

Press statement released on May 20th 2018

StreetDoctors work was mentioned in the Sunday Times on Sunday 20th May in an article about violence affecting young people. In light of the article discussing the likelihood of young people self-treating knife injuries we wanted to clarify what StreetDoctors does. StreetDoctors is a national network of medical volunteers who teach young people most at risk of violence what to do in a medical emergency.

The first thing we teach them is how to call an ambulance, for example what information they will need to give. We also teach young people vital first aid skills; what to do when someone is bleeding and / or unconscious. Young people are often the first on the scene of a medical emergency involving violence. If they are equipped to act in those vital minutes before the ambulance arrive they may save the victim’s life.

In scheduled sessions with young people we discuss the medical consequences of violence including the possibility of serious infection or life changing injuries, such as a colostomy bag. As importantly we enable a cognitive shift to take place where young people begin to join the dots between carrying a knife and the likelihood of them or someone they know getting seriously hurt. Sometimes young people ask us if there is a ‘safe place’ to stab someone.

We are emphatic that there is no safe place to stab someone. Stab wounds can be misleading; a relatively small entry wound may disguise damage to internal organs or internal bleeding. For that reason, we always encourage young people to seek medical attention. In 2017 we taught over 3500 young people, and to date we have 14 recorded cases of young people acting to help others in a medical emergency.

Jo Broadwood, CEO, StreetDoctors

The Guardian

StreetDoctors work was featured in The Guardian’s Beyond the Blade series in May 2017.

StreetDoctors highly commended in the Healthcare and Medical Research category at the Charity Awards 2016 

The Charity Awards is the sector’s most highly-regarded excellence recognition scheme. All 30 shortlisted charities were judged by an independent panel of sector leaders as having demonstrated outstanding best practice from which other organisations can learn.

We are really delighted to have been highly commended for such a prestigious award. It is fantastic recognition for our amazing student medics across the country who teach much needed emergency lifesaving skills to vulnerable young people at risk of violence. Our work would not be possible without their efforts, and the young people we teach, who have passed their skills onto friends and family and are equipped to assist in medical emergencies. We are hugely grateful to all our supporters, our funders, and our many local delivery partners. Together they have helped us to grow from one team in Liverpool in 2008, to a national charity with 18 teams in 14 cities across England. Thanks also to our founders, Dr. Simon Jackson, Dr. Nick Rhead and Dr. Charlotte Neary-Bremer who took a brilliant idea and turned it into StreetDoctors!

Check the links below for news coverage of StreetDoctors

BBC Radio 4

StreetDoctors on BBC Radio 4 World at One

BBC Radio Merseyside

StreetDoctors on the BBC Radio Merseyside

BBC Radio Norfolk

StreetDoctors on BBC Radio Norfolk

Children & Young People Now

Medics join effort to tackle serious young violence


Combatting London’s Knife Crime Epidemic With First Aid Lessons

Good Impact

Vom Messerstecher zum Lebensretter

The Guardian

New Radicals 2016: how to make a positive impact
Britain’s new radicals 2014: how you can make a positive impact
Britain’s new radicals show that the best ideas can’t be stifled
The Liverpool Project: ‘We aren’t preaching to people’

ITV News

Life-saving Liverpool charity Street Doctors receives national recognition
StreetDoctors explain mission to save lives

Prime Minister’s Office

Taking medicine to the streets

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