I have been seconded to the University of Wolverhampton since January 2015 as a lecturer-practitioner on the Diploma of Higher Education in Paramedic Science. I lecture at the University on a part-time basis and work operationally as an advanced paramedic.
Prior to becoming a lecture-practitioner, I worked as an Education and Training Officer with West Midlands Ambulance Service for 5 years. In this role I was mainly responsible for the design, delivery, assessment, monitoring and evaluation of educational courses.
I also taught on the emergency driving course for new starters and conducted driving assessments and driver training for existing members of staff.
My career with West Midlands Ambulance Service began in 1995 as a cadet, progressing onto ambulance technician and then paramedic in 1999. As a paramedic, I provide pre-hospital care in emergency and urgent situations as a solo responder and as part of a crew. I maintain professional autonomy and accountability by delivering appropriate treatment plans. In 2006, I qualified as a First Contact Practitioner, which enabled me to conduct more detailed clinical examinations and further my patient care. I continued to enhance my practice when I studied for the role of Advanced Paramedic, a role that provides for more advanced diagnostic skills and wound care.