From a very young age Dr Laurie Phillipson became interested in emergency care and first aid. At the age of eight he joined St John Ambulance as a cadet, in his home town of Saffron Walden.
Through St John Laurie had the privilege of meeting some inspirational figures from the ambulance service, as well as Doctor John Eaton who could regularly be seen flying through the streets of Saffron Walden in his Audi with a green flashing light!In 1998 Laurie started his career with the Essex Ambulance Service and in 2000 qualified as a paramedic. Laurie enjoyed a very diverse career in the ambulance service working on rapid response cars, bicycles and ambulances and providing medical cover at Stansted Airport as well as training new recruits at HQ.
The majority of his work however, was undertaken on secondment to the Essex Air Ambulance where he completed over 1,500 helicopter missions.In 2008 Laurie began the journey towards becoming a Critical Care Paramedic and in 2012 he completed his Master’s Degree in Critical Care with Cardiff University.In 2014 Laurie left the ambulance service to take up a clinical management post with the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Trust, an organisation that he is extremely passionate about.Due to the exposure he has had to critical injury and illness he has been able to take some of the advanced skills learnt as part of a doctor-paramedic team onboard the aircraft out when he is responding for BEARS.He responds for BEARS most often from his home in Wickford, typically covering Rayleigh, Leigh, Southend, Billericay, Brentwood, Tilbury, Grays and the surrounding areas.