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Since 2014 I have been working as a Senior Lecture and pathway lead for Specialist & Advanced Paramedic Practitioners (Urgent & Emergency Care) from South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) and the London Ambulance Service NHS Trust (LAS). I work as part of the paramedic post-registration team, delivering high quality, post-graduate education and undertaking research and enterprise activities. As Course Director I provide curriculum coordination, academic leadership and pastoral care to students from a variety of backgrounds and manage the administration and development of the pathway. This involves maintaining good working relationships with a variety of stakeholders and commissioning trusts. I am currently work as MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (ACP) Course Director and am responsible for the design and delivery of the pathway, which will enable students to develop and work at advanced practice level.
MSc Advanced Clinical Practice Course Director & Senior Lecturer in Pre-Hospital Care
As part of my MSc dissertation I conducted a service evaluation of the experiences of specialist paramedics working in rotational environments using a retrospective cohort.
Creton (2020) "A service evaluation of the experiences of specialist paramedics working in rotational environments using a retrospective cohort" https://emj.bmj.com/content/37/10/e16.1.info
Over the past decade I have been involved in several expeditions, providing medical cover to participants in austere environments. These include the jungle, high altitude and desert environments. I am also a member of UKEMT, which is an NGO comprised of healthcare workers who are trained, prepared and committed to provide a global emergency response to trauma, medical and public health to humanitarian emergencies. Working as a medical professional in these remote and sometimes challenging environments requires autonomy and good communication skills to ensure high level of care is provided despite being physically and mentally challenged. I feel these experiences, along with my other roles have given me excellent intepersonal skills, that would be an asset in delivering information and clinical updates to staff of all grades and with varying levels of experience.
More recently I have travelled to India on behalf of Kingston University, to promote international collaboration with external institutions. This involved teaching and assessing Doctors, Nurses and Pre-hospital clinicians in Advanced & Neonatal Life support, Traumatic & Medical emergency courses at various hospitals in the regions of Delhi, Varansi & Benglauru.
Finally in 2019 I travelled to Esbjerg, Aalborg and Copenhagen, Denmark on behalf of Kingston University. Here I visited several Higher Educational Institutions with the vision of setting up an international exchange programme for Paramedic students.
Between October 2017 and May 2020, I was tasked with line managing a group of 9 Rotational Paramedic Practitioners with the intention of exploring a shared workforce of advanced paramedics rotating between primary - and emergency care settings. During this time I was fortunate enough to collaborate with the local Clinical Commissioning Group, Health Education England and NHS England. I consequently gained a good level of understanding of how both local and national policies influence decisions around Urgent and Emergency care. During this project I was heavily involved in the recruitment process and assisted with pilot design, implementation and evaluation. There were numerous challenges along the way, including persuading various colleagues, managers and external stakeholders of the potential benefits of rotational working. Through tenacity, diplomacy and positivity I believe I was able to overcome these encounters without any negative repercussions.
On completion of this role I was fortunate enough to commence working as a Practice Development Lead for the same Ambulance trust. This role involves supporting the development of a large group of Specialist Paramedic Practitioners. Ensuring they are utilised appropriately, feel valued in their workplace and are provided the opportunities to grow and develop.