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.