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Lizi Hickson appointed Trustee Official of Education for College of Paramedics

A University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) senior lecturer has stepped up her role in shaping the UK’s paramedic education after being appointed as the Trustee for the ambulance practice’s professional body.

The UCLan Course Leader for the Dip HE Pre-Hospital Care (education for paramedics), Lizi Hickson, is now the Trustee Official for Education for the College of Paramedics following her role as Assistant Director for the last three years.

The College of Paramedics is now a registered charity and represents all UK Ambulance professionals including student paramedics. The UCLan Senior Lecturer, who also works for the North West Ambulance Service as a practising paramedic, will represent all College members’ interest in education and career development as well as reviewing the profession’s teaching curriculum to match the ever evolving role.

Lizi, whose new job sits alongside her teaching at UCLan, said: “It’s an honour to be offered this position following my time as Assistant Director. I am able to lead the profession I am so proud of and work with staff and students to help them achieve their educational goals alongside their careers.

“This new and exciting opportunity has allowed me to move into a senior position within the College. I am now responsible for providing a high level of leadership and governance as well as engaging with members on an individual basis to offer advice and support when needed.”

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

Lyndsey Boardman | 28 October 2016