Paramedic Advisor
Childbirth Emergencies in the Community

David White

Learning Development Officer – South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

David White, originally from Brighton in the South East started his clinical career as a Health Care Assistant at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton. Having a desire to become a Paramedic, David secured a place at Plymouth University on the BSc (Hons) Paramedic Practitioner Degree. He moved west and during his degree fell in love with the West Country in particular, Cornwall.

Once he completed his degree he was fortunate enough to gain a position as a Paramedic for South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASfT) in Cornwall. Based for a number of years in St Austell, during which his initial obstetric exposure began, and grew what seemed to be quite rapidly, some may say he was always in the wrong place at the wrong time! David seemed to attract quite a few home deliveries compared to others. While at St Austell, David gained promotion to Lead Paramedic and then moved even further west to Penzance, as a Lead Paramedic also looking after the Isles of Scilly. His obstetric exposures continued at quite an alarming rate, sometimes delivering 4 babies within a 2-month period. This large exposure sparked a clinical interest for him. He started seeking CPD opportunities within obstetrics and attended the Baby Lifeline Childbirth Emergencies in the Community course in Plymouth and following this course, expressed an interest in joining the Baby line faculty, he joined in November 2017 and has assisted at a number of events nationwide since.

His current role within SWASfT is that of Learning Development Officer (LDO) and some of his responsibilities include delivering class-room based annual mandatory training days, conducting Learning and Development Reviews on all clinical grades locally while operational, delivering remedial training needs and also CPD event delivery. He still practices independently as an operational paramedic on both Rapid Response Vehicles (RRVs) and on Double Crewed Ambulances (DCAs) to maintain exposure to a variety of incidents.

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