Mrs Tracy Nicholls MCPara has been appointed as a Vice-Chair of the College of Paramedics. She joins the other Vice-Chair and Deputy-Chair who support the Chair of the Board of Trustees through specific responsibilities to oversee the Board’s business objectives.
Tracy, who is currently Head of Clinical Quality with the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust, joined the ambulance service in 1995 and qualified as a paramedic in 1998, working her way through operational management roles. She became a clinical tutor and then clinical services manager running the education centre whilst still taking a lead tutor role and attending emergencies as a paramedic whilst on-call. She gained a post-graduate certificate in teaching and learning in higher education from the Open University and has since completed further qualifications for mentorship in health care. She has undertaken NHS Leadership programmes and now mentors others within her team through their programmes and quality improvement fellowships.
Tracy has also edited chapters in the last two editions of Nancy Caroline’s Emergency Care in the Streets, published a book on pain, published a paper in collaboration with Professor Bill Lord from Australia and recently contributed to a chapter in the new assessment skills for paramedics on sepsis and its effects on the cardiovascular system. She has been a proud and long-standing member of the College of Paramedics, taking the role of East of England Trustee for the last five years. Tracy represents the College of Paramedics at the UK Sepsis Trust meetings and has a passion for developing and improving sepsis recognition and treatment within pre-hospital care.