College Area: South Central
My passion for pre-hospital emergency care started in South Africa. Since 2009 I have been working in the UK as a paramedic and educational lead for paramedic education. After spending three years as a clinical training officer in South West Ambulance Service Foundation Trust, I moved full time to become programme lead of the Bournemouth University foundation degree. After successfully writing the new BSc degree in Paramedic Science for Bournemouth University I moved to the University of Southampton to be the academic lead for the MSc in Trauma Sciences.
My passion is twofold – paramedic education and research. To this end I am currently completing my fieldwork for my PhD degree under the title: How do paramedics manage patients with mental health issues. It is my intention to influence paramedic practice through education and evidence-based research.
What is your one most important benefit of being a member and why?
Our profession is growing and developing rapidly. We need representation at strategic level to ensure our profession is recognised and respected alongside other allied health care professionals. The College is the vehicle that can support this growth and development.
What led you to become a College council representative?
I wanted to be part of developing our profession on a national level.
How would you like to see the College develop over the next five years?
I would like to see a greater increase in membership. The College should represent the majority of paramedics in the UK.