Having just recently left my role in the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) to train as a Physician Associate at Newcastle University, I was keen to find a way to maintain contact with the service and play a role in its continued success. As a future medical practitioner in the NHS, it felt pertinent to get involved and develop a broader understanding of how services are run at a higher level, preparing me for the future. With this in mind, I am thrilled to be able to represent the Durham constituents on the Council of Governors. I hope to be the voice of younger constituents who use the service and will hopefully be able to encourage increased engagement within this demographic.
After growing up in Hexham and studying in Newcatle, I now live near Darlington. With my experience as a NEAS employee (both as a Health Advisor and in Dispatch), and indeed as a patient and relative of those who have used the service, I have the utmost respect for the outstanding work everyone in NEAS does. I also have an insight to the challenges faced and where improvements could perhaps be made and hope to carry this forward with me in my role as a critical friend.