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John Martin FCPara

Chair

John is passionate about the power of innovation and leadership to deliver effective and safe care in a changing environment. He is currently the Director for Integrated Care at Cambridge University Hospitals and a Clinical Advisor at NHS England. He recently completed an NHS Leadership Academy programme studying at Harvard, IBM and in South Africa. He has been a front-line paramedic, educator, Clinical Manager and a Director within ambulance services. He is studying for a doctorate researching variation in ambulance utilisation between geographical areas.

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Paul Younger FCPara

Deputy Chair

 

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Will Broughton MCPara

Trustee Official for Professional Standards

Will is currently a Senior Lecturer in Paramedic Science at the University of Hertfordshire, teaching on a range of modules at undergraduate and postgraduate level and he is also the Trustee Official for Professional Practice at the College of Paramedics. 

Will has been a trustee of the College since 2014 serving as the regional representative for London before being appointed into the Professional Practice role in August 2017. He holds a BSc in Paramedic Science from the University of Hertfordshire, an MSc in Paediatrics and Child Health from Imperial College and a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching for Higher Education. Will was a guideline co-author for the 2016 edition of UK Ambulance Clinical Practice Guidelines, is a regular speaker at UK conferences and events and contributes to the content of other published texts. 

Will continues to work clinically as a Paramedic in a number of settings and his clinical and research interests lie in improving education and clinical outcomes for paediatric patients.

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Tim Gerhard MCPara

Treasurer

 

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Georgette Eaton MCPara

Trustee Official for Research

 

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Paul Aitken-Fell MCPara

Trustee Official Clinical Development

 
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Richard Webber MCPara

Trustee Official for Membership and Communications

 

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Vince Clarke MCPara

Trustee Official for Education

Vince is a Senior Lecturer in Paramedic Science at the University of Hertfordshire, where he has been employed since 2016. Vince joined the London Ambulance Service in 1996, qualified as paramedic in 1998 and entered the Education and Development Department in 2001. He worked as part of the Higher Education team and developed in-house paramedic programmes as well as working closely with higher education partner institutions. 

A Health & Care Professions Council partner since 2006, Vince has been involved in the approval of a wide range of paramedic educational programmes across the country as well as assessing CPD submissions and sitting on Conduct and Competence Fitness to Practise panel hearings.

Vince is Head of Endorsements for the College of Paramedics as well as sitting on the College’s national Education Advisory Committee. He has written a number of text-book chapters, focussing on patient assessment and legal and ethical matters, as well as being a section editor for the College of Paramedics E-Learning for Health Project. Vince works as an independent paramedic expert witness for the Court and prepares reports on breach of duty for both claimants and defendants.

Vince has completed his Professional Doctorate in Education which focuses on the theory-practice relationship in paramedic undergraduate education. This work has informed the development of university accredited ambulance service Paramedic Practice Educator courses.

Away from work, Vince takes part in triathlons, competitive athletics and endurance swimming events.

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Rory O'Connor

Rory O'Connor MCPara

Northern Ireland

Place of Work Northern Ireland Ambulance Service
College Area: Northern Ireland

I am a paramedic with the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service. I have been a registered paramedic since October 2012.

After qualifying as a paramedic, I gained an Undergraduate degree from the Open University and BC subsequently graduated Msc (with merit) Advancing Healthcare Practice from the Open University in 2018. I have a keen interest in QI, pre-hospital research, sepsis and palliative and end of life care.

What is your one most important benefit of being a member and why?

Excellent access to CPD

What led you to become a representative trustee?

I wish to help forward our profession and ensure its success in Northern Ireland

How would you like to see the College develop over the next five years?

To help develop and nurture our profession and ensure that that as a representative body we can keep up with the fast change in our NHS and ensure paramedics play a vital role in its future

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Isobel Donaldson MCPara

Scotland

Place of Work
College Area: Scotland

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Alison Woodyatt MCPara

Wales

College Area: Wales

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Jonathan Street

Jonathan Street MCPARA

London

College Area: London

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Vacant North East

Vacant

North East

College Area: North East

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Keiran Bellis

Keiran Bellis MCPara

North West

Place of Work North West Ambulance Service
College Area: North West

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James Stubley

James Stubley MCPara

Yorkshire

Place of Work Nostell Air Support Unit
College Area: Yorkshire

I started my career in the ambulance service in 2003, qualifying as an IHCD Paramedic in 2008 with South Yorkshire Ambulance Service, now Yorkshire Ambulance Service. In 2013 I became a Clinical Supervisor. In April 2015, I undertook a secondment as HEMS Aircrew with Yorkshire Air Ambulance, becoming my substantive post in April 2017. I have both a FdSc in paramedic science and a BSc (Hons) in paramedic science both via Teesside University. I am also a Resuscitation Council (UK) ALS and EPALS Instructor. In addition to my work with YAS/YAA, furthering my pre-hospital experience - I have a contract with East Midlands Ambulance Service in which I also respond from home on their behalf as well as being a long-standing member of Edale Mountain Rescue Team in the Peak District National Park.
I am passionate about continual development, both personal and sharing information with professional colleagues, regularly attending and hosting CPD sessions and events.
As a professional membership organisation I truly believe we have a wealth of varying experience to be captured and shared, which will enable us to progress our ever changing paramedic profession for the future.

What is your one most important benefit of being a member and why?
For me personally as well as being a member of our rapidly developing professional body, the fitness to practice insurance is a massive benefit particularly with the voluntary work I undertake.

What led you to become a College Trustee representative?
Since qualifying as a paramedic I have supported the profession. I am a strong believer that paramedics should steer the paramedic profession. “paramedics” do the job in our ever increasing areas of practice and should direct the future of the profession, supported by other allied health professionals from specific areas of practice. It is very easy to get frustrated with any profession, however, I feel the right approach is to get involved and help collectively develop and shape the future. This is why I got involved as a representative, the College is the only group truly focussed on only the profession and how we can benefit patient care.

How would you like to see the College develop over the next five years?
To progress to Royal College status and to be the driving force for the paramedic profession in emergency and urgent care for the future.

How do you think the paramedic workforce has adapted to professional status and what yet needs to be done to support paramedics?
As a profession, gaining our status was a big step for paramedics. This brought a number of collective benefits, but not necessarily for the individual. We need to be mindful of this and support all areas in which our members practice. I think we need to continue to listen to our members and their requirements, this can only have a positive impact, recently this has proved significantly beneficial with the introduction of the fitness to practise insurance and more recently the addition of accessible CPD.

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John McKenzie

John McKenzie MCPara

East Midlands

College Area: East Midlands

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 Stuart Vallance

Stuart Vallance MCPara

West Midlands

Place of Work West Midlands Ambulance Service
College Area: West Midlands

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Graham Clark

Graham Clark MCPara

East of England

Place of Work East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust
College Area: East of England

I have been a member of the College since the start of my career in 2010 when I joined London Ambulance Service as a Student Paramedic. I moved to the East of England Ambulance Service as a qualified Paramedic in 2013 and became more involved with the College when I was elected ‘Alternate Trustee’. This was an opportunity to find my feet within this rapidly evolving organisation and understand the basics of its management structure and strategic aims.

At the National Conference in 2016 it was announced that I had been successfully elected to Trustee and I embraced the opportunity to lead a region which at the time represented 365 full members. Just over three years later the region now has over 1,250 full members and a region Facebook page with 1,298 followers. I am now a regular feature at universities as well as regional and national conferences, volunteering my time to promote membership within the profession and engage with existing members.

As a paramedic I have had a number of exciting roles within the last few years including the Hazardous Area Response Team, Emergency Department Paramedic and more recently the East of England Ambulance Service Staff Engagement Lead. This new role involves travelling around the region, promoting recruitment and retention whilst undertaking regular clinical shifts to remain patient facing and enabling me to experience first-hand the challenges my colleagues are experiencing in order to better support them going forward.

I am extremely passionate about my responsibilities as a Trustee for the College of Paramedics. I have represented the East of England region in a number of roles and opportunities, including involvement in the National Conference committee, Diversity Steering Group, developing the next 5 year strategic aims and have been part of a small group responsible for the recruitment of our new Chief Executive Officer.
I am proud of my achievements within the East of England region, the College is very much supported by the East of England Paramedic workforce. The region now has an annual conference attended by approximately 250 members.

None of this success could have been possible without the support of the College of Paramedics office staff and members of the executive team and other board members. Thank you.

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Nicholas Groom

Nicholas Groom MCPara

South Central

Place of Work Oxford Brookes University
College Area: South Central

I’ve worked in a number of roles in healthcare for the last six years, initially working within patient transport and working my way up to where I am now in education in research. 

I’ve worked as a Paramedic in and out of hospital for both NHS and private/ voluntary organisations and now settled working for both Oxford Brookes University and the South-Central Ambulance Service research team. 

I’ve been sponsored to study level seven modules and in the future want to complete my masters but focus on end of life care and supporting Paramedics to deliver the best care these patients possible. 

As a trustee I want to continue the work of my predecessors and help to continue to support the development of individual Paramedics and the profession as a whole. 

What is your one most important benefit of being a member and why?

Membership of the College makes you a part of a growing voice for the Paramedic profession that has been a massive factor driving the development of the profession. As a unified group, we’re able to have a far greater influence over where Paramedic practice goes in the future. 

What led you to become a representative trustee?

I’ve been interested in being more involved with the College since I was a student because we had a few people on the board at my university, seeing their passion for pushing the boundaries of paramedic practice and maintain the pace of our professions development has, in turn, motivated me to become more involved. As a Trustee, I’m also able to provide CPD in the area which allows me to be more hands on and support the delivery of high-quality care across the region. 

How would you like to see the College develop over the next five years?

I’d like to see the College become more integrated with our members employers and play a larger strategic role in the growth of the ambulance service and Paramedic profession. 

How do you think the paramedic workforce has adapted to professional status and what yet needs to be done to support paramedics?

I think that since we first registered with the Council for Professions Supplementary to Medicine; as a profession, we’ve embraced this as a positive move it’s helped to strengthen us a group but also as one of the allied health professions. Combined with developments like the PEEP report and prescribing we’ve grown as a profession as a result. 

I think at the moment we need to build on the way we as a body support the wellbeing of our colleagues while supporting employers to promote staff wellbeing as well while also supporting members experiencing fitness to practice investigations while embracing a culture of openness and learning from incidents. This helps support the profession while we take the next steps to keep growing. 

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Vicky Kypta

Vicky Kypta MCPara

South East Coast

Place of Work South East Coast Ambulance Service
College Area: SouthEast Coast

I started working for the Ambulance Service in 1997 as a Technician before becoming a Paramedic in 2000. During my career I was fortunate enough to spend 3 years working on HEMS covering Kent, Surrey and Sussex. Since then, I qualified as a Specialist Paramedic in Urgent and Emergency Care working on a single response vehicle for 5 years. After 5 years, I found working on my own too isolating so spent a couple of years working in the Emergency Operations Centre providing clinical advice to crews out on the road.

For the last 4 years I have worked in the Clinical Development Team, initially looking after the Trust’s Specialist Paramedics and now work on Practice Development and am the Falls Lead for the Trust.

I am in my final year of studying for my Masters which will enable me to become an Advanced Paramedic. 
Outside of work, I have a Newfoundland dog called Kitty who is trained in water rescue and we travel all over the South East of England for water rescue displays and meet and greet events where people can meet the dogs and learn all about the Newfoundland breed. I am also a volunteer crewmember of my local RNLI Lifeboat station in Whitstable.

 

What is your one most important benefit of being a member and why?
For me the most important benefit of being a member is the medical malpractice and liability insurance which covers me for the voluntary work I do running a medical team for an ultramarathon race plus the access to great CPD.

What led you to become a representative trustee?
I became a representative trustee to be able to promote the work of the College in the South East Region.

How would you like to see the College develop over the next five years?
I would like to see the membership numbers continue to grow to be come Royal College status.

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Vacant Great Western

Vacant

Great Western

College Area: Great  Western

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James Gardener

James Gardener MCPara

South West

Paramedic
Place of Work South Western Ambulance Service
College Area: South West

I am a graduate paramedic from Plymouth university. My primary occupation is as an operational paramedic with South Western Ambulance Service working in and around Bristol. I was a student member of the college, becoming a full member when I qualified in 2016. I was appointed as a trustee in June 2018. Alongside my regular duties as a paramedic I am also a pPED, staff representative and Time to Care champion. I really enjoy my participation in these roles, as I am passionate about paramedic education and service improvement.

In my spare time I am also a British Red Cross paramedic and attend events across the country. This voluntary role is extremely satisfying due to the varied nature of event medicine and the opportunity to work with an incredible network of volunteers. Otherwise, I have a keen interest in the outdoors and enjoy spending my time away from working exploring the world around us.

What is your one most important benefit of being a member and why?

As a member of the college of paramedics I am able to actively participate in the development of my profession by democratically engaging with the college’s activity. As a member of my professional body my voice on matters directly and in directly related to paramedic practice is stronger when advocated by the college’s representatives with the backing of the wider college.

What led you to become a representative trustee?

My main motivation to become a trustee is a passion to be part of the driving force behind the development of the paramedic profession. As a trustee I would like to represent the members and be a conduit from the college to them. Supporting members to take full advantage of membership benefits like CPD activities and advocate their interests on a national stage.

How would you like to see the College develop over the next five years?

I am exceptionally fortunate to become a trustee at such an exciting time for the college. The college has just achieved a great milestone for the profession with paramedic prescribing. The college is ever present in the media and at national advisory groups presenting the interests of the membership body. I am excited to see further development and uniform adoption of the colleges career framework to cement paramedic advanced practice within the UK healthcare network. Ultimately, I want to see the continued growth of the college and strong member representation.

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Vacant

Independent

College Area: Independent

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Ricahard Scott

Richard Scott MCPara

Military

College Area: Military
Place of work: Research Paramedic RCDM

Originally completed IHCD pathway registering in 2005 before completing the BSc Top-up Sep 2018.  Completing operational tours in Afghanistan on the Medical Emergency Response Team & subsequent tours supporting MEDEVAC in BATUK & Op SHADER, I’m interested in the delivery of appropriate emergency, urgent and primary care in the PHEC setting.
Recently taking on a research role, I intend to increase the engagement of military colleagues in Quality Improvement, Service Evaluation and contribute to Research initiatives.
The College of Paramedics represents a diverse community of paramedic and student paramedics and I strongly believe in the contribution of military practitioners to the Colleges mandate and in securing Royal College status in the future.  I'm proud to represent the military within the College of Paramedics and deliver change through engagement and collaboration.     

 
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Ben Vickars

Ben Vickars MCPARA

Student

College Area: Student

2nd Year Student Paramedic & Emergency Care Assistant.
St George’s, University of London, LAS, SCAS 

Hi! I’m Ben, your student paramedic representative. I study Paramedic Science at St George’s, University of London doing my placement with LAS in and around south west London. I also work as an ECA in SCAS, doing bank shifts in Oxfordshire stations. 

I initially started working in the ambulance service in early 2016 with SCAS as a CFR, work which I continue to this day. I moved to a full-time role as an ECA at the end of the same year. In 2018 I made the jump to a full-time student paramedic role and started my BSc at SGUL. 

As a student rep I work with the college to represent out viewpoint at meetings up and down the country, ensuring that important decisions and work has the student view incorporated.  

I want to work to ensure that every student up and down the country has their view represented, by linking liaisons together and promoting best practise work. If you want to discuss something with me, please get in touch via social media or email as I’d love to hear your views