Dr Stephen Hearns



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Stephen is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine and is the lead consultant for Scotland’s Emergency Medical Retrieval Service. This aeromedical retrieval service delivers pre-hospital critical care for major trauma patients, rural hospital secondary retrievals and major incident responses. Inspired by experience gained working on London’s air ambulance and in Queensland Australia, Stephen led the establishment of this team from a small voluntary service in 2004 to what is now a fully government funded aeromedical retrieval organisation with an international reputation.


Stephen has published a number of papers and book chapters relating to emergency medicine and pre-hospital care. He also led the team establishing the Diploma in retrieval and transfer medicine for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He developed and contributes to the organisation of the annual UK retrieval conference. Stephen is an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the University of Glasgow.


He has been an active voluntary member of Arrochar mountain rescue team for 20 years and holds the Mountain Leader Award. Stephen acted as medical officer on seven international expeditions in mountain, desert, jungle and arctic environments before establishing the first expedition medicine course in the UK.


Stephen is attracted to the challenges of emergency medicine in demanding remote environments with limited resources. Stephen’s main interest is optimising team performance in high pressure situations. He researches, writes and speaks on both of these topics and provides advice to a wide range of commercial and government organisations.


Stephen is a Fellow of:

  • The Royal College of Emergency Medicine

  • The Royal College of Surgeons

  • The Royal College of Physicians

  • The Royal Geographical Society


Dr Kerry Milligan


Kerry completed her General Practitioner Training in 1999. Over the past 15 years she has specialised in the healthcare of vulnerable adults and children. This has included roles in child protection, homeless peoples’ healthcare, addiction services and accommodated children. 


Since 2006, Kerry has played a lead role in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s Child Protection Service. This role includes strategic liaison with social services and Police Scotland. She also works in general practice with Glasgow’s Homeless Health Service.


Kerry has been active in teaching University of Glasgow medical students since 2000. She teaches communication skills and is a Vocations Skills tutor.


Kerry’s is a member of the following groups:

  • NHS Glasgow Child Protection Forum

  • NHS Glasgow Child Protection Operational Groups

  • NHS Glasgow GIFREC implementation group

  • Glasgow, Inverclyde and East Dunbartonshire Child Protection Committees

  • Scottish Sudden Unexplained Death in Infancy steering group

  • Scottish Government Child Sexual Exploitation working group

  • RCPCH Child Protection Committee

  • UK Primary Care child safeguarding forum


Kerry has contributed to the following projects for NHS Glasgow and NHS Scotland:

  • Core Clinical Standards in Child Protection 

  • Reporting Proforma for GPs for Child Protection Case Conferences

  • Provision of Complex Case Management to Primary Care

  • Child DNA policy 

  • Read Codes for Vulnerability in Primary Care

  • GP De-registration Protocol–Joint working protocol between CPU, Practitioner Services and CH(C)Ps

  • Sharing Information Agreement between LMC, CPS and NHSGGC

  • NHS GGC interagency female genital mutilation pathway

  • NHS GGC child sexual exploitation guidance

  • Royal College of General Practitioners safeguarding toolkit: FGM, child sexual exploitation and domestic abuse