Paramedic Profile - Bill Leaning


Bill has been heavily involved with The Institute of Pre-Hospital Care since its inception in 2013. Bill is a specialist paramedic and works alongside our doctors on the Physician Response Unit (PRU) that responds to medical emergencies, such as cardiac arrests. This service operates in the area around The Royal London Hospital, including the City and East London. The PRU team can provide advanced medical care to critically ill Londoners, reducing pressure on the London Ambulance Service and the Emergency Department.

Over the years, aside from his clinical role, Bill has provided invaluable support to The Institute team and those we teach, especially our iBSc students. He is always on hand to give advice, share his experience and to give the all important paramedic perspective. We greatly value everything Bill does for The Institute and how he always keeps the patient at the heart of everything he does.  Therefore, Bill was a perfect candidate for our first Paramedic Profile!

When asked why he enjoyed working with The Institute of Pre-Hospital Care, Bill replied, 

"when I first started on the PRU, I was asked if I minded having the first cohort of BSc students come out on the PRU and would I be happy to let them get involved? It was a real privilege to be asked to help with the BSc programme. I enjoy working with The Institute because it is a forward thinking dynamic organisation which, through educating future doctors, aims to put patients at the forefront of pre-hospital medicine. The Institute also has no barriers in terms of education status and has given someone like me with no formal higher education learning the opportunity to be involved in mentoring medical students on the BSc, which was something I wouldn't have believed i could be involved in when I joined the Ambulance Service."

Bill's approach to working with the students is also inspiring given his time with the service and his wealth of experience. He says, 

"working with the students keeps me up to date and current in terms of my own learning and I learn a lot from working with them. They challenge me in many ways, not just educationally but also in terms of leadership and mentoring which is really useful for my own development. I always try to learn something every day and when working with the students, I find I learn a lot about myself and how I interact with people. It is also exciting to know that you may, by working with the students, have an impact on delivering great patient care in the future."

When considering future opportunities for The Institute, Bill also shares his insights and ideas, many of which we will be exploring and developing going forward.   

"I believe there is a big opportunity to provide a course linked to community emergency medicine and the PRU. Whilst ambulance services are set up to deal with emergency care and do a brilliant job, they are now dealing with a larger cohort of urgent/primary care patients and also many county air ambulances see a number of medical patients. I believe a course designed along similar lines to the Pre-Hospital Care Course (PHCC) but aimed at urgent care type cases could help to give colleagues the skills to treat patients who fall into the community emergency medicine bracket."