David Whitmore

Derby Mountain Rescue Team


Joined the London Ambulance Service (LAS) in 1980 and became “Extended Trained” (forerunner to “paramedic”) in 1986. Became a Clinical Tutor in 1987 and an Ambulance Service Driving Instructor in 1989. Fulfilled various senior appointments within the LAS Education and Training Department including Head of Paramedic Training.

Awarded the Queens Ambulance Medal in the 2016/17 New Years Honours List.

Although took early retirement in April 2015, returned to the LAS in part time capacity in former role of Senior Clinical Advisor for the Medical Director, London Ambulance Service NHS Trust until March 2017. Also worked as Head of Education and Development for the then West Country Ambulance Services NHS Trust from 2000 to 2002.

Vice Chair of the Training and Standards Committee of the Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care (FPHC), Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh. A past Co-Vice Chair and Hon Treasurer of FPHC. Examiner for Diploma and Fellowship in Immediate Medical Care offered by FPHC.

Wide ranging operational experience which sadly covers many terrorist incidents, rail disasters, major fires and civil disturbances. However this is tempered with seeing significant developments in the ambulance profession and having had the privilege of being a part of some of those developments.

Hobbies include walking, cycling, canoeing and mountaineering / alpinism. Undertook a sponsored climb of the Matterhorn for Great Ormond Street Hospital in 1986, (initially via the Zmutt Ridge, but due to atrocious ice conditions abandoned it for the safer Hoernli Ridge!). Was for a time a volunteer ranger for the Peak District National Park (1986-88). Actively involved in search and rescue since 2000. Has been a full call-out member of the Dartmoor Search & Rescue Group, and since a family move to Staffordshire is now a member of the Derby Mountain Rescue Team covering parts of the Peak District National Park.

David Whitmore QAM, FIMC RCSEd - MREW Conference 2022