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Alan Rice, Senior Lecturer, Paramedic Science appointed Consultant Paramedic with Gibraltar Health Authority.

GIB-UNC-2014-353-EMAIL-267In 2009, the Gibraltar Health Authority (GHA) worked with Kingston and St George’s Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education to begin developing a small group of ambulance staff to undergo paramedic training and education, culminating in the first group of paramedics to graduate and work in Gibraltar.

Subsequently, I have been fortunate to be offered a part time role as a Consultant Paramedic with the GHA. The role is largely focused on overseeing clinical governance. It has involved assisting with establishing paramedic scope of practice, guiding legislation and policy design and in partnership with the director of intensive care, chair a clinical governance group to ensure quality delivery of paramedic practice. Much of the work is done remotely, with quarterly visits to undertake clinical practice focused on developing the paramedics further.

Airfield-Simulation-3The role complements my work with Kingston and St George’s, as with all of the paramedic team, we have been able to maintain connections with a variety of ambulance or health care trusts to offer context to our teaching and research.

The role of the consultant paramedic is a relatively new role in a field of practice that has greatly evolved in the last few years. As we look towards developing post-registration and post-graduate paramedic education, this operational post has already been able to inform my own practice to base curriculum design and delivery to ensure that our portfolio of courses reflects the modern concept of paramedic practice. It also cements the strong partnership between the Faculty and the GHA, which has a long history of working together to develop healthcare staff in a variety of settings.