HIOWAA HEMS paramedic Jason Butler moved to Oxford from Devon in 2010 to study Paramedic Emergency Care at Oxford Brookes. After graduating in 2012 he started working with South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) as a Paramedic based in Oxford, where part of his role involved mentoring and developing students. Having always been interested in critical care, he was successful in joining HIOWAA in October 2016 as a Critical Care Paramedic. Outside of work he enjoys swimming, the coast and attempting to surf.
What makes you get out of bed in the morning?
The alarm on my phone! I’m not very good at keeping still so once I’m awake I’m generally up fairly quickly. I am also a big fan of the outdoors, so on my days off I like to ride my bike around some of the many country roads Hampshire has to offer.
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
At first I wanted to be a Dentist. I’m not sure why, but I never have a problem going to the dentist. Then, after a Forces Day at school, I decided I wanted to be a Fighter Pilot. It wasn’t till later in my teenage years that I wanted to become a Paramedic.
What makes you happy?
Learning and educating others is always good. You can learn so much from people, whether it’s work related or not. I have been fortunate to work in a variety of jobs, most of which have involved some level of teaching. Skiing is also pretty good fun, despite being a complete novice!
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Don’t make it up. If you don’t know something, it’s better to ask and find out than muddle through a situation. People will soon work out whether or not you know what you are doing. People also don’t expect you to know everything, so asking is a good way of learning and saves you from making the same mistakes.
What’s on your bookshelf?
Whiskey. Whenever I’m in Scotland and I get the chance I like to go to a whiskey distillery, take a tour to see how it’s made and sometimes buy a bottle after the tour. The majority of the tours are similar but the whiskey never tastes the same!
What’s on your bucket list?
Most of the items on my list revolve around travelling or food! I love going on holidays, exploring different countries and trying different foods. I would love to go on Safari.
What inspires you about your job?
The patients we go to. People come together well in times of adversity and show great courage and understanding. They are often incredibly helpful to us and assist in the care of the patient.
What quote do you live by?
‘You only get out what you put in’. If you want something then it’s up to you to put the effort in to get it.
Who do you follow on Twitter?
HIOWAA! I also follow some of the HM56 Doctors and Paramedics. Twitter is a great learning tool. I also follow Fleetwood Mac who I saw in Glasgow last year. They were awesome!
What’s the naughtiest thing you’ve ever done?
Run through several fields of wheat!