Violence in the Ambulance Service

You occasionally see it on the news "Paramedic punched by patient". You probably say something like "oh what sort of person would do that?" and then move on/carry on with what you were doing. I've been assaulted. Several times. The list so far: 1. Pinned against the side of the Ambulance and Punched in the … Continue reading Violence in the Ambulance Service

Surgical Skills Day

**To set the ground rules- This blog will be fairly heavy on Anatomy and possibly a bit gruesome... so if you're squeamish, this isn't the blog for you**   I applied for the West Midlands Surgical Training Centres Surgical Skills Course after seeing it advertised on Twitter. "One place remaining" was all I read, and … Continue reading Surgical Skills Day

A devastating Intubation example….

I've just spoken to a colleague. A Paramedic of 15 plus years and genuinely all round fantastic clinician.  He was working on a Private 999 contract for an NHS trust recently that would not allow him to Intubate. He backed up an NHS Paramedic in a car who was not trained to Intubate.  Their patient … Continue reading A devastating Intubation example….


The College and joint working groups have had their say in a draft proposal, so here is mine.   Intubation isn't a game. It's not fun and it's not without risk. All clinicians who are trained in it accept this. It's not something we do often, and in some places it's not done at all … Continue reading Intubation

Death + Mental Health

It's never easy. For some it gets easier, but never easy. There is always that one guy/gal who's stance is "na nothing like that ever bothers me, just out job innit". That guy/gal is the one who is likely at most risk. Denial is never a good thing, acceptance is sometimes hard to achieve. Putting … Continue reading Death + Mental Health