I joined Royal Berkshire Ambulance Service as a trainee Ambulance Technician in 2001, qualified as a paramedic in 2005, and became an Emergency Care Practitioner (ECP) for Great Western Ambulance Service in 2007. I returned to South Central Ambulance Service in 2010, working as an ECP, and eventually ECP Team Leader from 2013. I have also worked in Primary and Urgent Care at an urban walk-in centre and GP-led Out-of-Hours, in GP Practice, and as a Clinical Support Desk Practitioner.
I moved into ambulance service education in 2015, contributing to classroom-based theory and clinical skills teaching, and work-based placement learning, supporting the development of all grades of ambulance staff, including Student Paramedics and post-graduate Trainee and Qualified Specialist Paramedics and Nurses.
I completed a BSc (Hons) in Emergency Care in 2009, and commenced an MSc in Teaching and Learning for Health Professionals in 2017. This led to an Associate Lecturer role with the University of Gloucestershire, and my current Senior Lecturer post with the University of Cumbria.
In my youth I was a professional musician and later a music tutor, registered with the Royal College of Music for over twenty years. In my spare time I research articles on British comic history for UK and European publishers, write reviews for comic magazines and websites, and restore original art for archive comic collections. I have also provided location medical and safety cover for film and television productions, including a three-year run on the BBC's Top Gear, and the Ron Howard film Rush.
I was diagnosed with Asperger's in 2019, placing me firmly and unashamedly on the autistic spectrum. The diagnosis was an enormous relief as I had previously believed there was something wrong with me.
Qualifications and memberships
BSc (Hons) Emergency Care (University of the West of England, 2009)
PGDip Teaching and Learning for Health Professionals (University of Bristol, 2019)
MSc Teaching and Learning for Health Professionals (University of Bristol, completing 2021)
Diploma in Primary and Urgent Care (College of Paramedics/St. George's, University of London, 2019)
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Health and Care Professions Council Registered Paramedic
Academic and research interests
I am currently completing a Master's research dissertation on the subject of paramedic workplace education. This is my first major research project, although I have participated in other projects relevant to prehospital care (STREAM, Paramedic2).
Recent external roles
Associate Lecturer in Paramedic Science, University of Gloucestershire
Clinical and Specialist Education Manager, South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
Clinical Practice Educator (Post-Graduate Specialist Practice), South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
Advanced Practice Manager (Education), South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust