Deputy Head of Education -
All SWAST County Commander areas
I live in Gloucestershire with my husband and 2 children, Oscar aged 9 and Amelia aged 6, a dog, a cat, chickens and sheep. I have been working within the ambulance service for 19 years, and every day I feel proud to work for SWASFT.
In 2000 I joined the then Avon Ambulance Service being one of the first 8 graduates in the country to have obtained a BMedSci Hons in Paramedic Studies. I can’t say my journey was easy back then but my experiences moulded me into the person, Paramedic and role I am now in. I went on to train as a Critical Care Paramedic working on the first HEMS unit to be based in Bristol in 2008. I then became a Clinical Team Leader supporting a mentor team to host the first official graduate intake from the University of West of England. After that, I turned my attention to becoming a more senior manager to be able to have a wider sphere of influence in supporting staff and promoting patient safety; working for 3 years as an Operations Manager. In 2015 I then applied for the role of Learning and Development Manager for Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and BNSSG.
Within my current role I support 20 Learning and Development officers who train and clinically review over 1300 staff. More recently my portfolio has increased to now be the South Western Ambulance Service lead for Partner University relations, Student and Mentor support, with an additional team of 4 placement coordinators. I have recently (past 5 years!) been working towards an MSc and have one final module to complete. My passion from the start was to be a Paramedic providing the best care to our patients, I am now in a very privileged position in supporting staff and students to deliver the same.
Head of Driver Training -
All SWAST County Commander
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 Manager
Somerset & Dorset
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
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.
Learning & Development
We are pleased to welcome Louie to the team! He joins us in mid July 2020 as an apprentice in the Learning & Development department. His main role will be working closely (well about 2m), with the CPD Lead, and assisting with CPD. You may see him out and about as he learns all about the ambulance service and SWASfT.
Wayne Evans has now left SWASFT for pastures new to work for South Central Ambulance Service NHS Trust (SCAS) as their Simulation Lead.
We wish him all the best and know he will be a big loss to SWASFT and a great asset to SCAS.
We may seem some changes with iLearn in the furture, but for now all the content and location of the site will remain the same. He is keeping a bank contract with us, so hopefully we haven’t seen the last of Wayne, (and maybe one day we can tempt him back over the border).
Chris Read (Acting LDM)
Lesley Altoft (Lead LDO)
Lizzie Ryan (CPD Team – AET , UoP Lecturer – Mentorship, Clinical Supervision)
Andre Harvey (TA)
Paul Down (Acting LDM)
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.