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Special recognition for a paramedic who has led the way in achieving independent prescribing powers

Posted: 15.04.2019

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Special recognition for a paramedic who has led the way in achieving independent prescribing powers

Andy Collen FCPara, College of Paramedics received special recognition in the AHP Clinical Leadership award category sponsored by Allied Health Solutions. It’s been a long journey to achieve prescribing powers for paramedics but now it’s official. His leadership, knowledge and communication skills have inspired large numbers of paramedics. Over many years, he has supported the view of his professional body - that paramedics are ideally placed to provide an enhanced service to patients. An unnecessary trip to hospital creates stress and pressure on both the healthcare system and patients which in many cases can be avoided through safe independent prescribing. Andy’s understanding of the advanced practice role and incredible in-depth knowledge of the legislation ensured his work has been founded on sound evidence and demonstrated that patient benefits were at the heart of the project. The impact of independent prescribing for paramedics, achieved in 2018, is already having a huge impact across the UK.   
The Advancing Healthcare awards programme, which crosses boundaries and fosters partnership working, is open to allied health professionals, healthcare scientists and those who work alongside them in support roles. The award was presented by June Davis, Director of Allied Health Solutions, at a celebration lunch on 12th April at the Park Plaza, Victoria in London. 

(pictured Andy Collen with his wife Debbie). 

Bob Fellows FCPara, Head of Education, wrote about the event: 

It was a privilege to join Mr John Martin FCPara our Chairman attending the 2019 Advancing Healthcare Awards in Victoria, London last Friday 12th April. A significant awards ceremony to acknowledge and celebrate the significant contributions by Allied Health Professions and Healthcare Scientists in improving patient care across all four nations.

This event is always a wonderful opportunity to sit back and relax and be inspired by the work of our finalists and a chance to chat to people outside of the paramedic world. On my table I was inundated by other health professionals wanting to talk paramedic and understand how we have grown into the fastest growing group in all of the AHPs.

For me, the highlight of the afternoon was standing to celebrate a Special Recognition Award for AHP Clinical Leadership awarded to Mr Andy Collen FCPara, who lead the professions successful team to obtain Independent Prescribing for Paramedics. It was also wonderful that his wife Debbie was able to be present. Whenever we achieve professionally it is always worth remembering the impact of those extra meetings, longer working days and endless late night sessions editing and shaping submission documents has on our loved ones. Well done Andy, we are very proud of you. Thankyou.

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