I’ve worked for the ambulance service since 2000, & currently look after the Driver Training & First Aid Training teams. In addition to this I am also the Chairman of the National Driver Training Advisory Group (DTAG) for NHS ambulance services. I regularly respond to emergency calls in order to maintain my clinical competence, & enjoy working in our fast paced organisation.
Learning & Development
Mike joined the ambulance service in 1994 as a Technician based at Minehead ambulance station. He then trained as a Paramedic, ECP and moved to Taunton. In 2008 he joined the education team, based in Somerset in which he has undertaken a number of roles and is now the L&D manager for Somerset and Dorset- East.
Clinical areas of interest
Mike has a wide range of clinical interests, with a particular interest in resuscitation, Specialist Paramedicine and Mental Health.
Mike lives in Somerset with his family, wife Diana, daughter Ilinca and the old English sheepdog Marla. In his spare time, Mike enjoys travelling, cycling, walking and keeping fit. Email: Michael.Nixon@swast.nhs.uk
Learning & Development
I joined Westcountry Ambulance Service in 1995 as an ambulance care assistant based atCrediton Ambulance Station. Since then I have been deployed in various roles including Station Officer and Learning and Development Officer. Throughout my career CPPD activity has provided me with the knowledge and skills that have allowed me to deliver enhanced care to my patients. Additionally by accessing study at BSc and MSc level have enabled me to progress my career in the education of pre-hospital care staff. My current role within SWASFT is managing the Learning & Development department for Devon and Cornwall. I also regularly work operational shifts to ensure I keep my skills and knowledge up to date.
I joined the Ambulance service in 2001, starting on PTS, moving to A&E Operations for several years, working as a Tech, Paramedic & Officer; then joining HART as a Team Leader during its inception in Bristol. I returned to A&E Operations in Bristol a few years later, working as an Operations Officer, until moving to Learning & Development in 2015 as Practice Placement Coordinator. I then took on the role of CPD Lead in 2017.
Prior to the Ambulance service I worked in quite a few different jobs, & loved to travel, mainly working in Outdoor education & I still love to get out in the outdoors when I can.
CPD & Commerical Training
The SWASTCPD admin support has now moved to a new team. What we do- Web administration, marketing, public relations, course bookings, internal and external relations, course administration, and so much more! We split our time between CPD and the Commercial Training dept. so we may not always be able to give you an instant response, but we will endeavour to get back to you within a few days. We are based in Exeter HQ
I joined SWAST in 2014 as an Apprentice Administrator based in the West division training college to complete my NVQ level 2 in business administration. Following completion of the level 2 award, I stayed with SWAST as the Training Administrator for the West Division.
I was awarded the Apprentice of the Year for Business Administration by her college for her work during 2015.
I am a keen football supporter, an avid reader and enjoy regularly attending live events in my home town of Plymouth.
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