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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.

Jo Broadwood announces she is moving on

On 7th December 2018, Jo Broadwood, Chief Executive of StreetDoctors, announced she 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 Statements

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


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