University degrees for three Guernsey paramedics

Congratulations to paramedics Laura Goodall, Nicolette Hamon and Steve Torode who recently graduated with a BSC Honours degree in Developing Paramedic Practice.

The trio successfully completed their studies on a two year distance learning course with Cumbria University. The course included modules on minor injuries, clinical decision making, evidence-based practice, consultation and physical examination, pharmacology & therapeutics, disaster recovery and pre-hospital woman & children’s health.

Steve Torode and Laura Goodall pictured with Mark Mapp and Dr Aruni Sen.

During the course Laura, Nicolette and Steve developed their clinical and research skills, improved their medical knowledge and took their education to a higher level. They also improved their leadership skills and critical thinking ability.

Nicolette Hamon

Chief Ambulance Officer Mark Mapp said: “Their drive and passion towards their chosen careers is commendable. They are not only a credit to the service but also a credit to the profession. The decision to undertake to two years of study with the University of Cumbria is not taken lightly. All three committed themselves to gaining knowledge in the principles and application of evidenced based learning, patient assessment, care and treatment. They deserve many congratulations.”

Dr Aruni Sen, Medical Advisor to St John Ambulance Guernsey and Emergency Department Consultant added: “These paramedics rightly deserve recognition for completing their achievements. They undertook their studies, wrote their essays and took their exams whilst working full-time. It is a great example of the close inter-department working between St John and the Emergency Department. It has been a pleasure watching them development.”

Steve Torode, pictured at his graduation ceremony in Cumbria.