International Women’s Day – Heather Sinclair

Name: Heather Sinclair

Job Title: Clinical Educator

Role within BASICS Scotland: As above

Area of Scotland you work in: Allover





What made you want to work in the world of medicine?

I have always been interested in helping people and especially in emergency situations. I attained my first aid course at age of 13 and worked through many different versions including EMT and wilderness first responder.

I joined my local mountain rescue team about 9 years ago and decided that I wanted to enhance my skills further and worked towards becoming a paramedic

What advice would you have to other girls/women who want to work in medicine?

Go for it! there are so many avenues and the fields are ever-changing that it can be a really interesting and challenging career. Paramedicine in particular is a relatively new field as is opening up so many new posts, roles, skills and challenges.

What is your best memory from the training?

The people, I have met people that have become life long friends. A special bond forms when you work in the field of paramedicine and you meet some very solid and interesting characters

What’s the best bit about your role?

I love instructing and travelling around the country meeting so many diverse and interesting people. Finding new ways of delivering education and keeping up to date on all the skills and research.

What’s your favourite thing about your typical day?

That I don’t have a typical day, it is a mix of travel, instruction, research, development and more!!

What do you love about your job?

The people! I love meeting people when I am out and about taking the education out on the road. I also organised the recent hypothermia conference which gave me the opportunity to work with some amazing experts from all over the world and produce some really fundamental education around the topic of hypothermia.

What are the 3 biggest non-clinical skills that you use in your day job?

Empathy is huge in any part of life and important in instructing, responding and also dealing with patients

Talking to people, on many levels, as a clinician, TrMM practitioner, instructor, and all other facets it is important to be able to communicate well

Patience, having bags of this helps in every situation.

A most challenging bit about your job?

Coming back form all the lovely places I get to visit, there are some truly beautiful places in Scotland which have really lovely people there that make you feel welcome so leaving after training is sometimes hard!!

Are you a BASICS Responder, if yes what is the best bit about responding?

I am all set up and good to go now, just waiting on my road being tarred so I can get out!!

What made you become a BASICS Responder?

I have been a mountain rescue team member for almost 10 years now and wanted to respond to other areas I live in as it is a rural area and I can be on scene a bit quicker sometimes than other resources.