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Dahrlene Tough


Place of Work Scottish Ambulance Service
College Area: Scotland

Job Title: Consultant Paramedic Urgent & Primary Care

I started work as an Ambulance Care Assistant within the Scottish Ambulance Service in 1993 at the age of 21.  With continuous education and development I have had the opportunity to carry out various clinical and leadership roles including Paramedic Practitioner and Head of Clinical Governance and Patient Safety, to that of my current one.

My current role focuses on professional leadership for our Specialist and Advanced workforce in urgent and emergency care, as well as leading the programme to shift the balance of care across the system.  I am passionate about developing the paramedic profession, supporting staff to work to their full scope of practice, pushing professional boundaries, challenging the status quo and promoting collaboration.

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

Being part of the body that drives forward the profession.

What led you to become the Trustee for Scotland? 

I wanted to help shape and develop the paramedic profession and as it grows both in numbers and diversity of roles I feel that it is important to be involved in conversations regarding its future.

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

The College of Paramedics being at the forefront of other organisations thoughts when they are seeking to consult/collaborate across the whole system and not as an afterthought or partner by chance.  Also to develop the CPD agenda across the whole of the UK both virtually and face to face.

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

The landscape is continuously changing for the profession and there is further work required to support paramedics across all of the environments they work in.  A positive outcome to the case for independent prescribing for paramedics would be a most welcome next step.