The Institute of Chiropodists and Podiatrists would like to congratulate one of our members, Helen Beaumont-Waters on her new position. On 27th October, Helen, a Podiatrist, Advanced Clinical Practitioner in General Practice and paramedic has been appointed the new Head of Clinical Development for Primary and Urgent Care at the College of Paramedics.
Helen was a paramedic with Yorkshire Ambulance Service for 26 years and trained as an Emergency Care Practitioner, otherwise known as a Specialist Paramedic in Primary and Urgent Care. She qualified as a podiatrist in 2017 and is an Independent and Supplementary Prescriber and has been working with Health Education England on national workforce transformation projects in podiatry.
Helen said: “I am thrilled to be appointed as the College’s Head of Clinical Development in Primary and Urgent Care, and I’m looking forward to the journey ahead to unlock the potential, and evolve the superpowers, of paramedics working in these areas.
“This is an exciting time for the profession, and I believe that together we can drive forward progression for personal and professional development, provide even more opportunities for our members and strengthen our clinical skills to ultimately improve care for all our patients. I look forward to working with everyone at the College to build on the fabulous work they have already done to promote and advance paramedics in primary care.”
Tracy Nicholls, CEO of the College of Paramedics said: “We are delighted to welcome Helen to this new role. We recognise that our members who work in primary and urgent care can feel their views are not always represented but I am sure Helen will enable consultation and representation at a national level through the College with input from members. I have no doubt that she will quickly make an impact and we are particularly pleased with Helen’s additional skills and capabilities which I am sure will provide a very different approach to our future work.”
We are proud to have Helen as a very active member of the IOCP and wish her all the best in her new role.