First to gain groundbreaking paramedic qualification

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HUCKNALL paramedic CHERYLENE CAMPS is an example of how commitment and determination can bring rewards and benefits.

But it is the patients she visits and those in need who are set to benefit most after Cherylene (pictured)became the first East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) paramedic to achieve an MSc in advanced clinical practice.

This supplementary qualification means Cherylene can now provide enhanced care that was previously only carried out by doctors. This includes taking a patient’s full history and clinical examinations.

“The course has given me confidence and broadened my skills in ways which will directly benefit patients,” said Cherylene, who grew up in Bulwell. “It will mean in some situations I’ll be able to provide treatment and help a patient stay at home rather than having to take them to a busy A&E department.”

The 42 year-old achieved her qualification from the University of Nottingham, studying one day a week for three years while working full-time as a paramedic.

Cherylene also works as a helicopter emergency medical service paramedic with the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance.

Paramedics working for EMAS can apply to do the same course but Cherylene is the first to qualify after completing academic assignments, a clinical project and having tutors observe her treatment of patients.

This course reflects the changes in healthcare and the career development opportunities now available.

Frank Coffey, consultant in emergency medicine and associate professor at the University of Nottingham is clinical director of the MSc in advanced clinical practice. He said:

“Cherylene is an inspiration to other students. It was a privilege to teach her. She successfully combined a demanding working life with her studies and excelled on the course.”

Her employers were also delighted at her success.

EMAS chief executive Phil Milligan said: “Cherylene’s achievement is fantastic and her knowledge will directly benefit patients.”