Paul Liversidge, Chief Operating Officer
Paul’s career in the Ambulance Service commenced in 1983 with the former Northumbria Ambulance Service and for the first seven years he gained operational experience at the front line.
His first management role in September 1990 was as Cadet Officer, developing sixteen young cadets on a two year training programme. Paul then moved into training and development delivering training to potential Paramedics and technicians in 1992.
Paul’s first Senior Management appointment in 1993 was managing the training unit developing ambulance core training and commercial training.
A one-year sabbatical in 1994 at Newcastle University followed this and he was successful in graduating with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. On his return from University he was appointed as Divisional Commander in Accident and Emergency and then moved to General Manager Patient Transport Services in 1997. In 1998 Paul was appointed as Project Manager for the implementation of NHS Direct.
In 1999, following the merger of the former Northumbria and Durham Services he was appointed by the North East Ambulance Service as Senior Divisional Officer with overall responsibility for the delivery of accident and emergency services for South of Tyne. He accepted a secondment in Ambulance Control in November 2000, prior to being appointed as Director of Accident and Emergency in February 2001. Following the merger in July 2006, he was appointed to the role of Director of Ambulance Operations at the new North East Ambulance Service NHS Trust.
In 2012 following our successful application in becoming a Foundation Trust he was appointed as Chief Operating Officer managing four service lines, emergency care, patient transport services, Operations Centre, including the 111 helpline.
In the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2017 he was awarded the Queen’s Ambulance Service Medal for distinguished service and this was presented to him by Prince William, Duke of Cambridge at a ceremony held at Buckingham Palace.