College Area: South Central
Georgette is a graduate Paramedic from Coventry University, topping up her foundation degree to BSc(Hons) with studies within urgent care. Progressing from a Paramedic to Specialist Paramedic Practitioner with South Central Ambulance Service, she went on to complete a Master’s Degree in Critical Care at Cardiff University. She currently maintains a dual role as a SP in SCAS and as a Lecturer in Paramedic Science at Oxford Brookes University, where her teaching responsibilities feature around urgent care and research. As research lead for the programme, her research interests surround quality improvement and system review, as well as in public health and paramedic education. Alongside being a College regional Trustee, she also has a clinical position on the Education Advisory Committee within the College. In the rare moment she’s not working or researching, she can be found out-of-breath in Oxfordshire as a keen ultra-runner.
What is your one most important benefit of being a member and why?
As I work as an agency Specialist Paramedic at multiple sites across the UK, the indemnity insurance is really important for me. Whilst the NHS ambulance service often covers indemnity insurance for its employees, this isn’t often the case for all private or hospital based employers and College membership covers up to £5,000 of private work – perfect for the ad hoc agency shift. It’s also a requirement for HCPC renewal this year. It’s not just the insurance; it’s who it’s with too. I feel safe knowing that I’m supported by the College and I can ask them for advice and support if I should ever need it.
What led you to become a Trustee representative?
With my dual role as a clinician and also in education (and what feels like an eternal student myself!) I’ve been increasingly more aware of the impact the College has on the profession at national and local levels. Nationally, I could see the development of the profession within higher education and locally I could see the CPD offered by the College within other areas (alas too far for me to travel). I thought, “I want to be part of that” and so became a station representative. As a College Representative, I’m keen to offer accessible high-quality CPD within South Central as well as increase membership to the College in this area.
How would you like to see the College develop over the next five years?
I would like to see progression to a Royal College, with increased access to services and benefits for members; with membership being seen as a must by those entering or interested in the profession. Within this, I think high-quality and accessible CPD is essential as well as continuing to push boundaries within the profession, such as access to registration, continuing registration and our place within the overall healthcare and emergency services umbrella. Quite a lot really, no pressure!
How do you think the paramedic workforce has adapted to professional status and what yet needs to be done to support paramedics?
I think the paramedic profession has changed dramatically since its inception in 1971 and I’m excited about where this will develop. As an SP in urgent care, the obvious answer is to gain prescribing. I’m happy this is a focus point of the College and think it will be part of the future for the development of the profession. I’m excited about how this will develop and the changing environments paramedics will be able to work in, with advancing scope of practice to ensure we really do give the right care at the right time in the right place.