Dr Ian Mew is a Consultant in Anaesthetics & Intensive Care Medicine. Half of his time is spent working at Dorset County Hospital and the other half flying on the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance. He gives his time voluntarily to the DocBike charity, taking time to engage with motorcyclists, talking to them about how to keep a fellow biker alive by attending a BikerDown course and encouraging bikers to become a better and more skilful rider. Having an air ambulance intensive care consultant teach on their local BikerDown course means that it’s an evening of no-nonsense, no-question, how to realistically keep someone alive until the ambulance arrives.
Whilst out on the DocBike, should any patient nearby (not just motorcyclists) require time-critical care, he can be deployed to the incident. Because being tasked to sick and injured people is part of his day job on the air ambulance; the appropriate skills can be rapidly delivered to the patient and then seamlessly integrate with the other emergency services on their arrival – all of whom are used to working with him on a day-to-day basis.
Ian is one of the DocBike Trustees, sits on the National Motorcycle Working Group, has direct liaison with national agencies such as the police & fire chief councils, Highways England and of course the national BikerDown team. He lectures on motorcycle injury prevention around the UK and is a keen supported of research and evidence base to inform the methods and direction of the charity.
Simon, Marie, Harry, Colin, Stuart and Shel are our regular volunteers who help set up shop, engage with other motorcyclists, talk to them about courses available to them and help us run BikerDown.
All of them have been on a BikerDown course and can relate what is taught to fellow bikers – their enthusiasm is infectious and they really form the heart of the charity.
They also give up their time to support national events such as the British Superbikes Championship and MotoGP at Silverstone and have ridden all over the UK supporting the RelayRiders. Shel is also our full time PhD Researcher.
We have to say a massive thanks to them all for supporting the DocBike in Dorset and as a charity nationally. We really wouldn’t be where we are today without them!
Chris Smith QPM hardly needs much introduction! A retired police motorcycle officer with over 20 years as a police motorcyclist and continuing to work as an advanced police motorcycle instructor and examiner, Chris keeps Ian’s motorcycle riding under close scrutiny.
Chris founded the DocBike project with Ian in 2013, is a trustee and delivers the ‘How to manage the scene of a crash’ and ‘How to avoid being knocked off your bike’ modules on our BikerDown course.
With his years of experience of both crash scene management and advanced motorcycle training, bikers attending a FREE BikerDown course couldn’t be in better hands.
Chris also lends his experience at a national level acting as liaison for the specifications of DocBikes across the country and advising regional police forces on rider training for their local DocBike team.