James Petter has a clinical background as a paramedic, a senior NHS manager and as an active contributor within the paramedic profession through their professional body, the College of Paramedics (CoP).
James began his ambulance service career in Bristol in 1993, spending many years responding to emergencies but increasingly becoming involved in workforce development. He then moved to work at the then Strategic Health Authority on their workforce development team, helping to introduce specialist paramedic practice to the region.
Subsequent moves include university teaching roles and, most recently, a move him back into the ambulance sector and his current role with South Western Ambulance Service NHS Trust, where he has been head of education and professional development since 2013.
In addition to his clinical and workforce interests, James has been closely involved with the College of Paramedics, where he retains a position as governing council member for the south west, as well as having previously held the position of director of professional standards on the CoP executive team.
James is also a paramedic partner for the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) sitting as a professional representative on their fitness to practise processes.
James has an active interest in patient safety and how this translates into everyday clinical practice, particularly in the out of hospital and emergency settings and also in medico legal aspects of care.