James has been a paramedic with the London Ambulance Service (LAS) for the last 1.5 years. He decided to make the move to London to take advantage of the high levels of job exposure in a major city and the chance to travel in Europe. James initially went to assist at the peak of Britain's COVID-19 response and has stayed on as the United Kingdom (UK) returns to normal.
James enjoys the decentralised structure of paramedicine in the UK, where the responsibilities of his role fall under his registration, as opposed to the medical director of a centralised system. The UK has an extended array of alternative pathways to the hospital, and James likes the clinical decision-making around the patient's condition to initiate the most appropriate care pathway. He generally does 6-8 jobs per shift, and it is not uncommon to only take 1 or 2 patients to the hospital.
James enjoys working with patients and making clinical decisions to optimise patient care, as well as working with a range of colleagues in both national and clinical scope. He has a passion for travelling and has had the opportunity to visit numerous countries around Europe, Northern Africa and Central Asia.