Nathan Hubble

Year of Graduation: 2018

  • Course Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE) in Paramedic Science
  • Nationality British
  • Career industry Healthcare
  • Current job title Paramedic
  • Current Company West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust

Nothing is impossible – the word itself says “I’m possible” because if you want it so much you should do your best to achieve it.

My favourite memories of the course were everything, from the lecturers being amazing and supportive, to teaching facilities being high quality. The placement opportunities that I was given were amazing, from ambulance service placements to placements within various settings such as Operating Theatres, Maternity and Paediatrics, Palliative Care, A&E, Mental Health and Cardiology. Also, the mortuary experience to help with a more detailed and in-depth real-life anatomy and physiology, but also observing various post mortems and to work alongside West Midlands Fire Service in Road Traffic Collisions (RTCs) scenarios, working with on scene/patient management as well as working on clinical skills, with regards to dealing with patients involved within RTCs and during the extrication process.
The course benefitted my career massively, especially the ratio of teaching and placement, meaning that we were able to implement what we had learned within the classroom out onto the road when on placement. Also, the teaching materials delivered by the lecturers surrounding the various subject areas were always in line with the latest evidence-based practice.
The key responsibility of being a paramedic is to carry out a full range of paramedic duties. Assess, treat, manage/refer, and where appropriate, convey patients according to the nature and severity of their condition to the hospital or refer onto alternative care pathways. I carry out paramedic duties in line with national clinical practice guidelines. I'm responsible as an autonomous clinician, having the ability to organise and manage the scene of a complex incident during the initial stages; this could involve organising/managing patients, bystanders or other responding services. I undertake duties within major incidents; Modify/adapt working practices to meet the clinical needs of the patient in an emergency/urgent care setting; Am autonomous in clinical decision-making while also being accountable and responsible for clinical decisions made; I ensure compliance with medicines management. Also, as a paramedic, I have mentorship and leadership responsibilities, these being to supervise and mentor colleagues as required, use appropriate knowledge and skills when working with or mentoring students/new colleagues.
My career highlight to date would be completing my Newly Qualified Paramedic consolidation period and becoming a mentor to university students. As well as being a Specialist Operations Response Team Operative. My career highlights will be endless due to the progression of the paramedic role allowing for paramedics to be based in various areas of clinical practice aside from just the pre-hospital environment on an ambulance.
If you don’t succeed the first time round keep on trying, and keep on going and never give up. Never self-doubt or let knockbacks stop you from achieving what you are passionate about, always do the best you can and take every opportunity that is thrown at you! Engage with lecturers and get help if struggling with academic studies.