Place of Work Teesside University
College Area: North East
In 2004 I joined the North-East Ambulance Service as an Advanced Technician and by 2007 I had completed IHCD Paramedic training and became an HCPC registered paramedic. Once qualified, I wanted to help maintain and raise standards of patient care, not only within my organisation but within the paramedic profession and so I subsequently undertook the roles of team leader and Emergency Care Clinical Manager.
During this time, it was evident to see that the paramedic profession was evolving at an increasing pace and so I undertook my BSc. Paramedic Practice at Teesside University, to develop my own practice further. This then led to me undertaking my MSc. in Transformational Leadership in Health & Social care, which I hope to complete next year. When speaking with the teaching team at Teesside University, it was clear that their ethos was very similar to mine, in wanting to ensure paramedics of the future are able to deliver care in a number of environments to meet the evolving needs and demands of healthcare provision.
I was very fortunate to secure a Senior Lecturing post with Teesside University and now spend my time helping to educate and develop the paramedics of tomorrow. As placements co-ordinator for the paramedic programme I am able to see first-hand the array of opportunities that are present or developing for paramedics.
As a newly appointed Trustee, I hope to be able to use my experiences to help progress the paramedic profession further in the wider healthcare setting.