Dan Smith, consultant paramedic

@NHS from 24/10/16 to 28/10/16

Twitter: @NWAmb_Dan

Job title: Consultant Paramedic

Place of work: North West Ambulance Service (NWAS)

I’m the Consultant Paramedic for the Greater Manchester Area of the North West Ambulance Service, a position I have been in for just over a year.

I started working in the NHS nearly twenty years ago, as a Health Care Assistant in an Emergency Department in rural Warwickshire.  In 2000 I started working for the then, Greater Manchester Ambulance Service, and qualified as a Paramedic in 2002.

I have held a number of roles since then: training and development, operational management and in 2009 I, alongside 11 colleagues, became the first ever NWAS Advanced Paramedic Practitioners, which involved the completion of an MSc in Advanced Practice.  I genuinely love working in the NHS and I am extremely proud of what we do.

Obviously, working as a Paramedic can be challenging and over the years I have been exposed to the very worst moments in a person’s life, but also some of the most happiest and for me, meeting a patient and their loved ones and turning a distressing and awful situation into the most positive experience possible is the most amazing thing about my job!  Just when you thought you had seen every possible incident type, something comes along to surprise you and I continue to learn and develop every day, which is just brilliant.

I’ve lived in Central Manchester for a number of years now and have made this amazing city my home.  Sharing it with great friends and my partner Jack, plus our two cats!  There is always something to do here, and whilst I sometimes miss my country upbringing, this city and it’s community is fantastic!  I am looking forward to sharing my NHS story with you all.

Find out more

  • North West Ambulance Service website.
  • College of Paramedics website.