Working to eradicate motorcycle deaths through engagement, injury prevention, education and roadside critical care
Mental Health Motorbike is working in partnership with DocBike and we will be sharing their materials at all future events
Who we are
The DocBike charity combines a highly qualified (consultant level) doctor or critical care paramedic with two wheels to reduce deaths and serious injuries on our roads due to motorcycle collisions. Wherever possible, this doctor or paramedic also works on the local air ambulance. It is part of their every-day job, to treat and save the most severely injured and sick patients and help them to reach hospital alive.
When motorcyclists are involved in a collision at speed, often the injuries are catastrophic, and no amount of medical care can save a person’s life. This is why a lot of the DocBike charity’s time is invested in preventing motorcyclist from being in a collision in the first place. Our What We Do section explains more.
Working together with emergency services all across the UK, it is our aim to have a DocBike associated with every air ambulance charity around the country. We are a new charity, but the enthusiasm of local bikers, colleagues in the Emergency Services and other agencies throughout the UK means that we are expanding rapidly.
Our Meet the Teams section will tell you more about your local group. If a DocBike doesn’t currently exist in your area, you can find out more information on how to Get a DocBike in your Area
Structure, Governance and Management
The DocBike charity is controlled by a very senior Board of Trustees embracing a balanced spectrum of skills and experience including all three emergency services and legal backgrounds. All are either keen motorcyclists themselves or passionate about keeping motorcyclists from coming to harm.
Trustees are appointed in accordance with the DocBike constitution and meet regularly to promote, enhance and sustain the work of the charity. As a result of our National Partnerships, many of the Trustees are engaged in shaping the way the UK helps to protect motorcyclists from coming to harm. Our Research forms a key part of this work.
Regional Groups also have a local governance board who oversee the activities of the charity in that area, coordinate events, fundraising and integration with local emergency services.
Governance of medical care provided by the DocBike is controlled through arrangement with the ambulance/air ambulance service in that area.
Code of Conduct
DocBike is registered with the UK Charities Commission and is committed to maintaining the highest standards of fundraising behaviour.
WHAT WE DO
DocBike is constantly evolving as an organisation and in order to see what they are doing in 2021 – CLICK HERE
Below are examples of our work in 2020
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BikerDown is a FREE course, taught only by emergency service professionals, on how to keep an injured motorcyclist alive until the ambulance arrives. It was created by Jim Sanderson from Kent Fire and Rescue Service and is taught all over the UK by emergency service personnel who are dedicated to saving the lives of others and helping the public to know what to do, should they arrive at the scene of a motorcycle collision.
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When a motorcyclist has a collision, at speed; there are no roll cages, no seat belt tensioners, and often no crumple zones and no airbags. The simple fact is that the forces that the rider are subjected are so great in a crash, that the injuries sustained are often un-survivable. If the rider does survive, they are often left with crippling injuries.
Unique research carried out by the DocBike charity in the UK using Trauma Audit & Research Network data combined with police crash investigations show that up to 80% of these collisions could be avoided all together, if we equip motorcyclists with the abilities to recognise the warning signs when they’re riding and give them the skills to avoid the crash.
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BikeSafe is a national police-run motorcycle initiative, aimed at working with motorcycle riders in a relaxed environment to raise awareness of the importance and value of progressing on to accredited post-test training. BikeSafe workshops involve an observed ride with a police-graded motorcyclist or approved BikeSafe observer.
Police motorcyclists are the most skilful riders on the road and know intimately why motorcycle collisions occur. They combine theory with taking the rider out for a spin and give them hints on their riding and tips and tricks on how to avoid being in a collision.
Where a BikeSafe workshop is not available, some fire services may run a ‘Better Biking’ course, which again, gives riders awareness of how to stay safe.
The uniqueness of this course is that you are taught by Police motorcyclists. These are the bikers who are not only trained to the highest level but have years of experience of attending bike crashes. Because they understand how and why bikers crash, they can give you the practical tips and tricks on how to avoid being knocked off your bike and how to get the most out of riding.
It takes a bit of getting used to, seeing a police motorcyclist in your wing mirror, but we have had so many people come back and say that it was the best value bike course they have ever been on – we couldn’t recommend it more!
INNOVATION THROUGH INDUSTRY
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DocBike as a charity recognises the limitations of engaging with ‘at-risk’ riders, helping them to become more aware of what might kill them and giving them tips and skills on how to avoid being in a collision in the future. We recognise the limitations of all human interactions when riding and driving; which is why as a charity, DocBike is keen to ‘design out’ motorcycle collisions through innovation
A lot of work has already been done around re-designing street signs to make them less lethal when a rider is in collision with them, but there’s more work that can be done, particularly with improvements in car design and mobile phone app technology.
Although we are a relatively new charity, DocBike has big plans. We are already starting our strategic engagement with car and motorcycle manufacturers to design life-saving innovation into new vehicles.
ROADSIDE CRITICAL CARE
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All of our riders are serving doctors, paramedics or practitioners who look after critically ill and injured patients in the pre-hospital environment as part of their day job. They give their time voluntarily to help keep motorcyclists on two wheels because they know the devastation that can be caused when a motorcyclist is involved in a crash. Irrespective of the seniority of the clinician & the critical care equipment carried, the forces involved when a motorcyclist crashes are often simply to great to be survivable. That’s why the main aim of the DocBike charity and riders is to help prevent motorcycle collisions from occurring in the first place through engagement and education.
That said, the riders have a duty of care to everyone, be they pedestrians, car drivers or people who are medically unwell and if a member of the public needs urgent medical intervention to keep them alive, the DocBike riders will provide that care just as if they had arrived by ambulance or helicopter; in a governed process in alignment with their local emergency services.
RESEARCH & EVIDENCE BASE
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As a charity, we recognise the potential for a coordinated, well-structured and well-delivered research strategy into motorcycle injury prevention and engagement effectiveness.
In March 2020, a collaborative of professors, academics, lecturers and experts from data & research organisations such as the Trauma Audit and Research Network met to devise a strategy for the DocBike charity for the next 10 years. This is work that to date has never been done. Whilst in it’s very early stages, this has to be the way forward, sharing data from Police, Government Agencies and NHS, whilst using our contacts in the research and academic world to help us use this data to its greatest advantage and save even more lives.
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The DocBike charity is passionate about making a difference. We’re not in this to make ourselves look good, our aim is to eradicate motorcycle related deaths and serious injuries from our roads in the UK. To do this, we work in collaboration with organisations locally and across the UK, sharing our research and data to maximise the benefits from our work with no other agenda, other than to keep motorcyclists on two wheels and keep families together.
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Correspndance – Dr Ian Mew, Dept Anaesthetics, Ridgeway Ward, Dorset County Hospital, Williams Avenue, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 2JY