Before joining Buckinghamshire New University in 2022, I have worked for the ambulance service for the past 14 years. I qualified as a paramedic in 2016 and have enjoyed mentoring student paramedics in practice. Prior to the ambulance service, I volunteered with a local lowland search and rescue team. Alongside my role at the university I continue to work clinically in paramedic practice regularly and feel this arrangement has reciprocal benefits to both my academic practice as well as my clinical practice.
I completed a Bsc (Hons) in Social Science and Politics with the open university in 2010 and completed a FdSc in paramedic emergency care at Oxford Brookes university in 2016. I have found my specialist areas of academic interest are; Social science and its relevance to paramedic practice, mental health and Neurodiversity in paramedic education and training. I feel I have an interest in these areas as I am Dyslexic myself and have gained a lot of experience of mentoring dyslexic students in practice. I have also pursued further studies in managing patients with mental health issues in clinical practice and feel this really improved my own clinical practice. I have also retained a keen personal interest in issues relevant to the social sciences since completing my Bsc (Hons) and have greatly enjoyed revisiting these subjects as part of my academic practice.
I am a member of the college of paramedics, and an associate fellow of the higher education academy.