Peter Holden, BMA council member 2014

Dr Peter Holden


Dr Holden is a rural General Practitioner based in Derbyshire and has been a member of the Council of the British Medical Association for over 30 years holding many senior posts within that organisation. Peter trained to deal with the seriously ill and injured passing the Diploma in Immediate Care in 1991 and Fellowship in Immediate Care with the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 2001. He attended the Hillsborough disaster in 1989, arriving about an hour into the incident and certifying many people dead. He led the rescue of victims of the 7 July 2005 London bombings when a bomb exploded on a bus outside BMA House and in 2009 jointly led the primary care response to the Swine Flu pandemic. Since then he has been involved in advising the government on Emergency Preparedness at the highest levels.

Dr Holden worked as a volunteer physician with Magpas Air Ambulance from 2007 and the Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance from 1998 retiring from both flight lines in 2018. He still responds by road for the East Midlands Immediate Care Scheme (EMICS) and is Strategic Medical Advisor to East Midlands Ambulance Service. In 2019 he became the first GP to chair the Inter Collegiate Board for Training in Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine.

In 2002, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal, in 2012 the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and in 2022 the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal in recognition of his voluntary work in Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine (PHEM). In November 2015, he received a lifetime achievement award at the National Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence. Peter is our trustee with responsibility for Clinical Governance Oversight.