Anthony Haley has been an employee of the NHS in the UK since June 1991. He has been a paramedic since 1994 and is a practice placement mentor and trained preceptor. He is a graduate of Stirling University and has completed numerous pre-hospital care training courses.
He writes and publishes digital pre-hospital care information including the Paramedic Resource Centre web site (www.paramedic-resource-centre.com) which has had over 1.1 million visitors since it was first launched in 2001.
Paramedic communication, influence and decision-making: A guide for EMS professionals is his first book.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
My Father was in the military, so we moved around a lot. I tell people I did not grow up in any particular place. I think this has allowed me to see many perspectives and this has helped my writing immensely. My book makes a few references to how one should see things from as many different perspectives as possible and this ethos has helped me in many patient interactions over the years.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing down interesting experiences about fifteen years ago. These collections of pieces of paper grew to become a small scrapbook. I only started writing officially about a year ago, when I decided that I should do something with the scrapbook, otherwise it would just gather dust.
Paramedics take highly complex and often rapid decisions under the most challenging of circumstances. This book explores the complex and unpredictable world of pre-hospital care decision-making by describing challenging dilemmas and having the reader explore their own thoughts and decisions. All established, new and aspiring ambulance paramedics and EMT's should read this book.