I am a research paramedic working with the research team at the James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston helping to increase the capacity for home grown research. In addition I have previously spent 13 years working as a paramedic with the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) in various roles but most recently in the EEAST research department working on different research and evaluation projects. These experiences have given me an extensive knowledge base of the ambulance service. Raising the profile of pre-hospital research is a passion of mine, especially with the involvement of all levels of ambulance staff and other AHPs. I like to shout (and tweet) about paramedic research.
For the past 3 years I have worked as EEAST lead paramedic on AIRWAYS-2 – a large multi-centre randomised controlled trial. This involved recruiting over 300 paramedics who in turn enrolled over 1800 patients contributing to the largest out of hospital cardiac arrest, airway management, RCT study worldwide.
Having been awarded a CLAHRC fellowship I have had the opportunity to design and carry out my own research study (exploring the lived experience of people who have received ambulance care for a mental health crisis). The CLAHRC offer great development and studentship opportunities and I would encourage AHPs to consider all the different funding options they offer.
The Suffolk Norfolk border is my home and I am happy to be a point of contact/signpost for all things ambulance, prehospital and emergency.