Place of Work Self employed
College Area: West Midlands
I am a long term supporter of the College (Or the British Paramedic Association as it was when I joined) and very much support and embrace the development of the paramedic profession within the UK. I have been a paramedic for almost 21 years and in that time have worked in a number of roles at all levels of operational and management positions both in the NHS and private sector. I am currently in the minority (But growing) group of paramedics that do not work for an NHS ambulance service but work in advanced practice in other health areas and think it is very important the College meets the needs of members like myself as well as those who work in the more traditional roles.
I have a long association with CPD always believing that I, as an HCPC autonomous practitioner, am responsible for maintaining my own skills and knowledge and have endeavored to do that throughout my career and have always supported the College in providing this regionally. Educationally I was in one of the first groups of paramedics to achieve a pre-hospital based BSc level 6 qualification and am currently enrolled on an MSc in Pre-Hospital Critical Care in Norway.
What led you to become a College council representative?
To support our profession and my professional colleagues.
How would you like to see the College develop over the next five years?
To become the defacto experts and representatives of our specialist profession.
How do you think the paramedic workforce has adapted to professional status and what yet needs to be done to support paramedics?
The work the college has done to standardise educational levels and titles is critical to our development beyond the title of paramedic and this now needs to be carried forward into everyday use.