Blokes With Bandages 4 – Role Models

Role Models

In the final part of my series of whinging, moaning and general grumpiness I'd like to look at the one thing that road staff truely have no-one to blame except themselves.

Where are our role models?

It took Mary Seacole, Florence Nightingale and others like them to start to drag nursing up from it's roots as a 'Doctor's Handmaiden' into a profession of it's own.

Likewise you have Sir Robert Peel and his effect on policing, Elizabeth Fry and her prison reforms and countless scientists from Gallelio up to Prof. Brian Cox and Dr. Ben Goldacre.

So, who is the role model, the innovator, the spiritual leader of the ambulance services?

Josh from Casualty – a fictional character?

What name do we think of when we, as a profession, ask ourselves – who is the paragon of ambulance work, who is the person we should aspire to be like?

I can't think of anyone who fills those shoes and the people who I think are great EMS are rarely heard from.

I think that it is about time that we started looking for role models, or start aspiring to be one ourselves.

13 thoughts on “Blokes With Bandages 4 – Role Models”

  1. I nominate you. Seriously. My respect for the ambulance service is almost entirely based on what you've written. So I'd say you've become a role model for your profession.

  2. What Pete said.Seriously, you obviously give a sh*t about doing the job right, and are able to write clearly and engagingly about it into the bargain.

    If you can't find a role model for what you do, striving to become one is no bad thing.

  3. Knights Hospitaller?Knights of Malta?Or however it was who formed the St John Ambulance Association in the UK back in 1877?

  4. I would suggest in all seriousness there's a bloody sight more reasons why you *do*.The Ambulance service was (when I was in it) a caring service. I can't speak for now, but clearly you care. You care for the way the service is run, is perceived. You care for the health and welfare of the 'customers' and your colleagues. You amuse, you inform, you occasionally shock. So yeah. I too vote for Mr Reynolds. Yup.

  5. I certainly agree with the comment about Ambulance staff bloggers & authors (currently reading Stuart Gray's book) but also the people i met via SJA as a cadet (actually where i snuck next door to the ambulance base when the little ones were doing their fire proficiency!) – before they changed the rules, one particular crew let me observe for a couple of day shifts and a night shift.Both of these both inspire but also show you the darker side (and frustrating sides) too. seeing a purple plus (drug OD) at aged 18 didn't put me off one bit & the way i was encouraged to observe by the paramedic i was out with gave me the confidence to stick with my goal.

    I have also met many crews during my teenage years though personal experience & not once have i had one unpleasant encounter, despite the cirumstances they were called to me for. I made me realise as i got older that i was time to give something back to the service once i get my health sorted.

  6. Sorry, I have to disagree with you on this one.I see many role models every day. People doing their best to do the best for their patients, sometimes under the most difficult of circumstances.The collective noun for ambulance staff is a whinge but most of our whinging is about equipment, training, working conditions, etc.Does that not show a virtue all by itself?

  7. Tom, The role models are out there, sure not many of them, there's a lot more people going through the motions. But my role model still works about 4 miles to the west of you. Sure he's part retired now but I've never come across a better example of the perfect medic, balancing the needs of each patient with the understanding that your attitude is partly responsible for the number of patients you see and thus the care pprovided to them.In terms of reformers, unfortunately that is difficult to influence from the road. The bigest problem is we have a natural snobbery to those who are not still on the road 37.5 hours a week and thus will naturally rant heavily against any reform suggested by them.

    If you look at the progress taken by the service in terms of STEMI then that will lead you to another role model, but your natural snobbery will be screaming out again saying “he's never been on the road”.

    We are the cinderella service for a reason and we only have ourselves to blame.


  8. At least your profession appear on Casualty! I don't wish to sound like I have a chip on my shoulder, but according to the writers of Holby City and Casualty, F1 doctors can work the CT scanners and the theatre II! Poor radiographers don't seem to exist :(I agree wholeheartedly with the people above who nominate you as a role-model for your profession. You care enough to speak up, and offer sensible solutions to problems.


  9. But see, that 'perfect medic' (and I don't doubt it), why aren't they recognised and given the scope to act as role models.In my part of the world we are all *immensely* happy with our STEMI treatment – I've mentioned on this blog many times how brilliant I think it is.

    If something new is brought in and it is *explained* why it is a good idea then I think road staff are happy to do it – it's when something is brought in for the sake of targets that the full cynicism appears.

    As for not being 'road'… Well yes – in a previous post you mentioned a Dr at 892, and both GD and MW are indeed innovators, but neither of them are 'ambulancemen', and that is what I'm asking for, an ambulance role model, not someone from outside the service, or outside of the job, or a Dr or a Professor. Otherwise I may as just say we should look to Nelson Mandella as a role model and have done with it.

    What I'd like to see is someone who *is* road staff, that other road staff can look up to. I've a few ideas, but they almost all seem to be on the other side of the globe.

  10. Yep. But at least it saves money on extras…(I *hug* radiographers, and their pale, untouched by sun, skin – but yet still have a certain 'glow' about them…)


  11. Never heard of him – and, while that my be *my* fault, that's also the point…If I've never heard of him, how can I know what he has done, and how can I look up to him?

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