Vicki Brown, Advanced Practitioner in Critical Care, Breaks Barriers


Vicki Brown, Advanced Practitioner in Critical Care at Great Western Air Ambulance Charity, has become the first person in the country to be registered on the Faculty of Pre Hospital Care (FPHC) Register of Consultant (Level 8) Practitioners by qualifying from a purely, paramedic background.

This is an amazing achievement for Vicki and is a wonderful recognition of years of hard work and expertise. Vicki’s registration is a  significant achievement for the paramedic profession and it is hoped it will pave the way for future paramedics. It is also  fantastic recognition for the care that is delivered by the crew at  Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC); its crew’s capabilities and combined experience as a team are constantly growing and evolving, ensuring the most advanced care is delivered to patients.

Vicki joins colleagues from GWAAC Drs Matt Campbell, Matt Thomas, and Cosmo Scurr on the Register. Also registered are other doctors, who completed their critical care training with GWAAC, demonstrating the level of expertise that can be found at GWAAC. Since the first registration in 2015, there are only 70 individuals registered. Just 20% of these are female, which makes Vicki’s achievement even more significant.

After achieving the Diploma in Immediate Care, Vicki  has spent several years going through the process of providing evidence to the Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care that demonstrate  her experience and knowledge. This culminated in submitting portfolios of clinical and operational experience.

After a final interview with the Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care, (FHPC) she found out she’d made it on the Register.

Vicki said: “I’m feeling very proud to have achieved this level and hope other paramedics will follow as pre-hospital medicine is very much multi-professional. I hope this shows that paramedics can achieve this level of practice. I intend to continue pushing the boundaries of paramedic practice and hope there is more success to come.”

Securing a place on the FPHC Register of Consultant (Level 8) Practitioners, after just 18 months of being appointed the first Advanced Practitioner in Critical Care (APCC) in the South West, is a remarkable achievement.

Vicki’s quest to keep on reaching new heights and break barriers is why she’s an inspiration to all at GWAAC, as well as aspiring paramedics.