A local paramedic from Budleigh Salterton, Christian Wiggin, has been selected, from a group of over 800 applicants, to receive a prestigious Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship to travel to Australia to work with the internationally renowned /Mobile Intensive Care (MICA) paramedics in Melbourne, Australia.
Christian is currently the Specialist Lead for Critical Care and is the clinical lead for the 4 Critical Care helicopters, 2 Hazardous Area Response Teams and Motorcycle Response Units that operate under the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Trust covering 7 counties in the South West of England.
The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust sponsors a selected group of individuals, from all walks of life, on an annual basis to travel overseas, learn from different cultures and systems and then return to the UK to share their learning and contribute to society. Christian will represent the ‘Emergency Services’ category and intends to work, and learn from the paramedic led critical care teams in Melbourne and Brisbane, working operationally with their front line teams and learning from their systems of operation, governance, deployment and training and education processes. Christian hopes that the experiences he gains will help better inform paramedic led Critical Care in the UK and, ultimately, lead to even higher standards of care being deliverable to the sickest of patients.
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