PARAMEDIC Cherylene Camps is celebrating being awarded a new qualification.
The 42-year-old from Hucknall is the first paramedic to achieve an MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice from the University of Nottingham.
Cherylene achieved the qualification while working as a paramedic for the East Midlands Ambulance Service, and as a helicopter emergency medical service paramedic with the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance.
Despite her day job Cherylene squeezed in a day of study every week for three years and graduated with a merit.
The course gives nurses and paramedics the chance to offer some aspects of care that previously only doctors would have been involved in, including taking a patient’s full history and clinical examinations.
Cherylene completed academic assignments including a clinical project on over-65s who had suffered falls. Her tutors also observed her treatment of patients.
Cherylene, who grew up in Bulwell, said: “The course has given me confidence and broadened my skills in ways which will directly benefit patients. It will mean in some situations I’ll be able to provide treatment and help a patient stay at home rather than having to take them to a busy A&E department.”
East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust’s Chief Executive Phil Milligan said: “Cherylene’s achievement is fantastic and her knowledge will directly benefit patients.”