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.