David Ashford

Head of Clinical Practice Mental Health
@ West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

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  • Bio

David joined what is now West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS FT in 1988 as one of the very first ambulance cadets in the UK, his original career was within the emergency operations centre (eoc) and quickly promoted to a manager. In 1994 he took a ‘leap of faith’ and followed his initial ambition to become a paramedic and left the eoc to re-train.

By 1998 David had achieved not just paramedic status but one of the first to be trained in advanced paediatric, advanced trauma and advanced cardiac care had had started a pathway of teaching others this with promotion opened a fabulous opportunity to set up ‘Community Response’ for the midlands developing this idea into an award winning 3rd party organisation with over 1,500 volunteers all appropriately trained and equipped to respond to ambulance 999 calls.

In 2003 an opportunity arose to manage the Emergency Ambulance Service across Birmingham, which in turn witnessed the first commissioned urgent care service for late night revellers.

In 2010, David returned to a clinical/governance and professional standards role and of late appointed as ‘Head of Clinical Practice Mental Health’ and subsequently the Trust lead on the Crisis Concordat work for Ambulance Services, one of which the most challenging but rewarding roles to date.

  • My Previous Events

  • Mental Health: The Five Year Plan

    • 23-09-2015
    • 08:30 - 16:20
    • America Square Conference Centre, London