After completing her bachelor’s degree, Hazel worked for a short while in a pathology lab and then with a team researching Meningitis C vaccines in the Institute for Child Health at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Craving more of a more clinical role, Hazel joined West Midlands Ambulance Service in 2002 as an Ambulance Technician, qualifying as a Paramedic two years later. Following a 12-year career on the front line, Hazel arrived in her current role after some experience working in Emergency Planning and on the 100,000 Genomes Project. Her passions in life are her two dogs and travel; she has a long bucket list of places to visit when she wins the lottery!
Hazel’s primary role is as a Research Paramedic for the RePHILL pre-hospital blood products trial. She provides liaison between the Birmingham Clinical Trials Unit and clinical staff in the pre-hospital emergency medical (PHEM) teams, plus hospital blood banks, pharmacies and research nursing teams. In addition, she maintains her clinical skills by working with the SRMRC research nurses in the identification, recruitment, consent and follow-up of patients in our profile of around 30 studies. As the only Paramedic in the team, Hazel supports several of our trials which have pre-hospital involvement, including the Golden Hour trauma study and the SiFTi-2 burns trial.
Other positions held
No other positions held.
- Research Methods in Clinical Trials – CRN West Midlands/ University of Birmingham
- Protocol and CRF Design and Data Management – CRN West Midlands/ University of Birmingham
- Good Clinical Practice – NIHR/ Royal Orthopaedic Hospital
- BTEC Level 3 Award Education and Training – Public Health England
- MSc Emergency Planning and Management – Coventry University
- Ambulance Paramedic – Southern Ambulance College
- BSc (Hons) Biochemistry with Genetics – Lancaster University
Institute of Translational Medicine
Email – Hazel.Smith18@nhs.net