I graduated from the University of Durham in 2001 with a BA (Hons) degree in Geography. On graduation I had been working in Berkshire for several years as a hydrometrist. Although my job was certainly different to the average 9-5 office job, I was keen to have a complete career and lifestyle change. Coming from a long line of family members in the police and the military, I was naturally drawn to the emergency services.
One of the primary motivations for my relocation to the North West was the lifestyle and cost of living which life in the North West offered me. I joined NWAS (formerly GMAS) as an Ambulance Technician in 2005. Since then I have not looked back. I am totally settled here and have made a nice life for myself. Living on the edge of the peak district has enabled me to fulfil the outdoor lifestyle that I yearned for, yet Manchester is only a stones throw away and offers all of the benefits of a modern thriving city.
I currently practice as an Advanced Paramedic in Central Manchester. In the last 10 years the ambulance service has supported me through the Institute of Healthcare Development (IHCD) Ambulance Technician and emergency driving course; the IHCD paramedic course; a diploma in Professional Studies (Paramedic); a Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Level 2 award in team leading, and a BSc (Hons) degree in Clinical and Professional Paramedic Practice. I am in no doubt that these qualifications have supported me to develop both professionally and personally by enhancing my clinical knowledge; my critical thinking and the quality of academic work that I produce.
I am currently entering my final year of the BSc, after which I will embark on a Masters Degree. I cannot fault the level of support and commitment that NWAS has given me over the years, and I am proud to be part of such a high performing, hard working and fun group of professionals.
As an Advanced paramedic I provide clinical leadership and am responsible for ensuring the delivery of excellent patient care through the continuous achievement of clinical standards. NWAS has embraced the College of Paramedics clinical leadership framework, and is strongly committed to the ongoing development of the paramedic profession. In doing so, this supports our clinicians to ensure that we continue to provide the right care at the right time and in the right place for our service users.