Richard is a HCPC registered Paramedic working within the Centre of Excellence in Paramedic Practice as a Principal Lecturer in Paramedic Apprenticeships. Previously he has worked as a Paramedic with the London Ambulance Service NHS Trust, the South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust and the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust. He has worked on double crewed ambulances and solo response vehicles. Within SECAmb, he progressed to the role of Clinical Team Leader, managing a team of frontline staff while carrying out Operational Commander (Bronze) duties. Richard then moved into the Trust's Education Department prior to working at the University of Greenwich for 5 years. At Greenwich Richard was a Senior Lecturer in Paramedic Science, and amongst other things, he worked with practice based learning modules and projects, alongside pioneering student support mechanisms. Richard then moved into his current role with the University of Cumbria. Recently Richard has worked as a bank Specialist Clinician for the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust and as a bank Vaccinator for Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust during the COVID-19 pandemic. Richard is currently the External Examiner for Edge Hill Universities BSc (Hons) Paramedic Practice and BSc (Hons) Clinical and Professional Paramedic Practice programmes. He also undertakes clinical reviews for class professional publishing and is a parent governor for a local infants school.
Qualifications and memberships
MSc Advanced Practice
PGCert in Higher Education
Level 7 Mentorship Module
BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science
College of Paramedics Full Member
HCPC Paramedic PA 33237
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Academic and research interests
Richard is interested in leadership, curriculumn design, quality assurance and student engagement and support within the Higher Edication sector. He is also interested in equality, diversity and inclusion in Higher Education and the Ambulance Service.
Richard's clinical interests involve trauma and resuscitation.
Hodgett, R. and Ward, R., 2020. Are cervical collars effective and safe in prehospital spinal cord injury management?. Journal of Paramedic Practice, 12(2), pp.67-78.
Ward, R., Berlin, J., Jennings, K. and Newton, P., 2018. Paramedics' perceptions and experiences of pelvic injuries in prehospital situations. Journal of Paramedic Practice, 10(11), pp.468-476.
Ward, R., 2016. Paramedic and student midwives' experiences of interprofessional learning. Journal of Paramedic Practice, 8(9), p.470.
Recent external roles
Currently Richard is an External Examiner at Edge Hill University for the BSc (Hons) Paramedic Practice and the BSc (Hons) Clinical & Professional Practice degree pathways. Richard also undertakes clinical reviews for class professional publishing. Richard is also a parent governor at a local infants school.