Place of Work South East Coast Ambulance Service
College Area: South East Coast
I started working for the Ambulance Service in 1997 as a Technician before becoming a Paramedic in 2000. During my career I was fortunate enough to spend 3 years working on HEMS covering Kent, Surrey and Sussex. Since then, I qualified as a Specialist Paramedic in Urgent and Emergency Care working on a single response vehicle for 5 years. After 5 years, I found working on my own too isolating so spent a couple of years working in the Emergency Operations Centre providing clinical advice to crews out on the road.
For the last 4 years I have worked in the Clinical Development Team, initially looking after the Trust’s Specialist Paramedics and now work on Practice Development and am the Falls Lead for the Trust.
I am in my final year of studying for my Masters which will enable me to become an Advanced Paramedic.
Outside of work, I have a Newfoundland dog called Kitty who is trained in water rescue and we travel all over the South East of England for water rescue displays and meet and greet events where people can meet the dogs and learn all about the Newfoundland breed. I am also a volunteer crewmember of my local RNLI Lifeboat station in Whitstable.
What is your one most important benefit of being a member and why?
For me the most important benefit of being a member is the medical malpractice and liability insurance which covers me for the voluntary work I do running a medical team for an ultramarathon race plus the access to great CPD.
What led you to become a representative trustee?
I became a representative trustee to be able to promote the work of the College in the South East Region.
How would you like to see the College develop over the next five years?
I would like to see the membership numbers continue to grow to be come Royal College status.