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National appointment provides shot in the arm for paramedic education

28 June 2013

Chris Theobald

Lizi Hickson takes up prestigious new role

An academic member of staff from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is to play a leading role in shaping the future training of the UK’s paramedics.

UCLan lecturer Lizi Hickson has been appointed as Assistant Director of Professional Standards for the College of Paramedics.

The new role, a three year fixed term appointment, will be embedded alongside her current position at UCLan where she is the Course Leader for the Dip HE Pre-Hospital Care (education for paramedics).

Lizi joined the Lancashire Ambulance Service in January 2000 and in 2003 qualified as a paramedic. She continues to work operationally on the front line emergency vehicles, and her operational duties involve assessing and supporting staff in their daily duties.

“The role of the paramedic is evolving all the time and I’m looking forward to supporting staff and students to enrich their practice using evidence based practice and achieving educational excellence.”

Commenting on her new appointment Lizi said: “I’m delighted to engage with this exciting opportunity. In addition to my role as a UCLan lecturer I’m also a practising paramedic with North West Ambulance Service, this allows me to contribute to the development of the profession. The role of the paramedic is evolving all the time and I’m looking forward to supporting staff and students to enrich their practice using evidence based practice and achieving educational excellence.”

In addition to maintaining, reviewing and updating the curriculum for paramedics, Lizi will also liaise with ambulance services and providers of paramedic education to offer continuous professional development packages and opportunities for collaborative practice.

“In addition to my role as a UCLan lecturer I’m also a practising paramedic with North West Ambulance Service, this allows me to contribute to the development of the profession.”

She will also be responsible for reviewing the professional standards of paramedics across the UK.

UCLan’s Paramedic Practice diploma is delivered in collaboration with the North West Ambulance Service. It is divided into equal theory and practice blocks, utilising a wide variety of learning and teaching methods, including clinical simulation, placements in the NHS, problem-based learning and lectures. Successful students are able to register with the Health and Care Professions Council and are eligible for employment as a registered Paramedic upon completion.