Place of Work East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust
College Area: East of England
I have been a member of the College since the start of my career in 2010 when I joined London Ambulance Service as a Student Paramedic. I moved to the East of England Ambulance Service as a qualified Paramedic in 2013 and became more involved with the College when I was elected ‘Alternate Trustee’. This was an opportunity to find my feet within this rapidly evolving organisation and understand the basics of its management structure and strategic aims.
At the National Conference in 2016 it was announced that I had been successfully elected to Trustee and I embraced the opportunity to lead a region which at the time represented 365 full members. Just over three years later the region now has over 1,250 full members and a region Facebook page with 1,298 followers. I am now a regular feature at universities as well as regional and national conferences, volunteering my time to promote membership within the profession and engage with existing members.
As a paramedic I have had a number of exciting roles within the last few years including the Hazardous Area Response Team, Emergency Department Paramedic and more recently the East of England Ambulance Service Staff Engagement Lead. This new role involves travelling around the region, promoting recruitment and retention whilst undertaking regular clinical shifts to remain patient facing and enabling me to experience first-hand the challenges my colleagues are experiencing in order to better support them going forward.
I am extremely passionate about my responsibilities as a Trustee for the College of Paramedics. I have represented the East of England region in a number of roles and opportunities, including involvement in the National Conference committee, Diversity Steering Group, developing the next 5 year strategic aims and have been part of a small group responsible for the recruitment of our new Chief Executive Officer.
I am proud of my achievements within the East of England region, the College is very much supported by the East of England Paramedic workforce. The region now has an annual conference attended by approximately 250 members.
None of this success could have been possible without the support of the College of Paramedics office staff and members of the executive team and other board members. Thank you.