I joined the ambulance service in 1997 working in a non-emergency role (Ambulance Care Assistant) at Liskeard ambulance station in Cornwall. In 1999 I completed my Ambulance Technician course and began my qualification year working on emergency ambulances in Exeter; this year saw a move back to Cornwall (Liskeard) where I qualified. Following a post qualification year I was successful in applying for a Paramedic position at Liskeard and underwent my Paramedic course in 2001.
After several years consolidating my Paramedic skills I successfully applied for a place on the Cornwall Air Ambulance in 2005; the same year I also started working toward my BSc (Hons) in Emergency Care. Around the same time as this I achieved promotion and became a Clinical Support Officer, responsible for a local ambulance station; this promotion also saw regular spells of 'standing in' for the Operational Locality Manager - responsible for the operational management of stations within East Cornwall.
In 2008 Plymouth University started the Paramedic Practitioner BSc (Hons) programme; following my involvement in the Emergency Care programme I was asked to come and teach pre-registration paramedic students on an ad hoc basis. Over the next couple of years I became more involved with teaching and in 2010 left my full time employment to lecture on the Paramedic Practitioner BSc (Hons) programme. I still maintain an ambulance service 'bank' contract and work regular operational shifts.
As a lecturer on the Paramedic Practitioner BSc (Hons) at Plymouth I run a second year patient care module and a third year practice/portfolio module. In addition to this I am Chairperson for the School of Health Professions Service User Group.
For a few years now I have been studying on the MPhil/PhD pathway with Plymouth University, exploring clinical skills and clinicians perceptions of their own performance.
2014 Started MPhil/PHD - The skills maintenance, competence paradigm for the evolving role of a Paramedic (ongoing)
2013 Graduate Diploma - Emergency Care
2012 Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice
2008 BSc (Hons) Emergency Care
2005 HEMS Aircrew Course
2004 Prehospital Trauma Life Support Instructor
2002 Prehospital Trauma Life Support Provided - Advanced
2002 IHCD - Paramedic Award
1999 IHCD - Ambulance Technician (inc. Advance Driving)
1997 IHCD - Ambulance Care Assistant (inc Standard Driving)
Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (reg no. PA09607)
College of Paramedics
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Roles on external bodies
College of Paramedics University Liaison
Health and Care Professions partner (educational visitor and FTP panel member)