20 March 2017 - North West Ambulance Service paramedic awarded prestigious fellowship

A paramedic for North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) has been awarded a highly prestigious fellowship which will see him spend more than seven weeks in Canada, Australia and New Zealand with an aim to look at Community Resuscitation.

Matt Dugdale, 24, from Warrington applied for the Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship last September and was shortlisted to more than 250 applicants who were invited to attend an interview in London in January. Matt was awarded the fellowship in February, becoming only the second paramedic in the UK to be awarded the fellowship, after Mike Jackson, who is also employed by NWAS.

Matt said “I started as a Community First Responder (CFR) within the trust nearly six years ago and I am now keen to see CFRs develop both within NWAS and other services in the UK. I can’t wait to begin my travels and explore best practice within the countries I have chosen.”

The focus of his work will be on the utilisation of CFRs in the pre-hospital setting. Following the trip, Matt will work on a 15,000 word report which will help to bring new ideas and best practice to both NWAS and other ambulance services throughout the UK.

Matt Dugdale