Before joining Buckinghamshire New University in 2021, I was a senior lecturer in paramedic science and a programme lead for the Advanced Paramedic Practice at the University of Hertfordshire. I registered as a paramedic in 2013 and continue to hold frontline clinical roles with two NHS ambulance services.
I hold a BSc (Hons) in Paramedic Science and PGCert in Business Administration from the University of Hertfordshire, a PGCert in Learning and Teaching (Higher Education) from Anglia Ruskin University and a MSc in Paediatrics and Child Health from Imperial College London. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy; a Fellow of the College of Paramedics and I am the UK National Coordinator for NAEMT Education Programmes. Alongside my clinical and academic work, I am a paramedic expert witness commenting on breach of duty and clinical negligence cases involving paramedics and ambulance staff.
As an undergraduate student, I was immensely proud to co-create the first National Student Paramedic Conference in the UK, which is now an annual event on the student paramedic calendar delivered by the College of Paramedics. In 2016 I designed and co-delivered an ambulance education programme for the Northern Provincial Health Ministry in Sri Lanka, a project which on conclusion had trained more than 200 healthcare workers to provide first aid and ambulance care to people across the Northern Province.
My research interests are in paediatric emergency care, and I am the paramedic advisor to the National PEWS/SPOT programme led by NHS England and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. I am Deputy Chair of an NIHR Health Technology Assessment Prioritisation Committee, who consider clinical and cost-effectiveness for the NHS in comparison with the current best alternative(s).
At BNU, alongside my role as an Associate Professor of Paramedic Science, I am the programme lead for the BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science delivered at our High Wycombe and Uxbridge campuses, in partnership with South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust and London Ambulance Service NHS Trust. In 2022, I became the School Director of Education for the School of Health and Social Care Professions, with responsbility for education quality and development across our provision.