Ken - Resuscitation Officer

Who's this?

Ken is a Resuscitation Officer working for Salford Care Organisation, part of the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group.

What’s the story of their career to date?

Ken has worked as football referee, bar staff, a teaching assistant working with young people with Autism and Challenging behaviour, he also worked abroad for five months. He qualified from Liverpool John Moores University in 2011, and spent four years as a frontline Paramedic in Manchester, he then moved to the hospital setting in 2015

What do they do?

Ken teaches Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Life Support, he provides audits for equipment and “2222” emergency calls. He is also part of the hospital “2222” emergency team and responds to all crash calls providing clinical leadership and support. His role includes working as a simulation officer providing training to all grades of staff with different programs. Ken has been able to gain various qualifications supported by the NHS which enables him to teach, and gain new clinical skills. He has also had the chance to build knowledge and create contacts which has really helped him.

What is the best part about their role?

Ken has two! “The first is the feeling when you see someone develop and have the confidence to go and perform resuscitation, and it works down to them learning from your teaching and being able to apply it. Knowing I’ve trained most people at some point in the hospital and then they help to save a life is extremely rewarding. The 2nd is the ability to respond to some of the most difficult things in a hospital and make a difference, or give someone the level of dignity that family and friends get to say goodbye. I make a difference every day, what I do matters, and I work with some great people. Not many jobs can offer that.”

Where are they going from here?

Ken would like to move into an advanced practice role in the future, “I’m really specialist now, and I would like to develop that, and maybe even lead my own service eventually.”

Where can I find out more?

This profile has been created by the Greater Manchester NHS Careers Engagement Hub in partnership with Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust. If you have questions then feel free to contact us.

You can find out more about this role by visiting the Paramedic section of the Health Careers website. The site gives information about the role and responsibilities, pay and conditions as well as any qualifications that are required and what the relevant courses or entry requirements are.