Meet Our Authors

Richard Gough

Richard Gough is a paramedic and the Post Qualification Manager for West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust. His role entails managing the Continuing Professional Development of paramedics and technicians, including matters relating to HCPC registration, portfolios and mandatory education and training. He is currently studying for a CertEd (PCE) at Wolverhampton University, which is due to be completed this year (2017). Beginning his medical career with his current employer in 2002, he began to specialise as an Education and Training Officer in 2009 and progressed into his current managerial role in 2013. Currently he specialises in writing training packages (including e-learning), designing educational courses, and writing academically researched educational material. Richard has had a passion for writing since beginning his career. Notably he has had an academic poster, analysing educational methods, displayed at the 2016 Emergency Medicine Educators Conference. He has also transformed the way his employer’s mandatory training is produced, and he also designed and edited their statutory and mandatory workbook. Currently he is a representative consultant for the NHS England Acute Oncology Project as well as working on a national educational project with a private pharmacology company for Buccolam. He is also working on an accredited End of Life CPD qualification for his employer.

Elinor Warner

Elinor Warner is a surgical registrar specializing in Ear, Nose and Throat surgery at Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation trust. She studied medicine at Oxford University and University College London, completing her medical degree in 2012 with multiple prizes and awards to her name. She gained a highly competitive academic foundation post at St. Thomas’ Hospital where she worked across several different medical and surgical specialties in addition to a research role as a research physician leading phase I/II clinical trails. After completing core surgical training in London she started higher surgical training in the Oxford region. She has a passion for educating and teaching and has devised and led multiple teaching courses for peers and juniors, as well as working as a reviewer for ENT and Audiology News and the BMJ publishing group.

Dolly McPherson

Melinda (Dolly) is a Trainee Advanced Clinical Practitioner at the University Hospital Southampton. She is a Foundation degree paramedic who is currently working towards completing her MSc in Advanced Practice. She has experience in the NHS across a number of environments including the ambulance service, minor injuries, the emergency department and within GP practices. She has an interest in reading and writing academic literature with previous publications in the Journal of Paramedic Practice and now Standby CPD. It is her aim to add to the evidence base that currently inspires paramedic practice whilst learning from it herself. Dolly has been fortunate enough to benefit from senior clinical mentors throughout her training and career such as; lifetime Paramedics, Emergency Care Practitioners (ECP), Advanced Care Practitioners (ACP), Consultants in Emergency Medicine and General Practitioners (GP). She hopes that the knowledge that she has benefited from can be transferred into her writing to develop others within the Paramedic profession.

Rebekah Woodhams

Rebekah currently works for the London Ambulance Service as part of their motorcycle response unit. She started her medic career with the Scottish Ambulance Service where she vocationally completed her diploma in paramedic science. She has volunteered in the past with Save a Life Scotland, sessions in schools, as well as taking part in a patient safety group for the local area. Before joining the service, she studied biomedical science specialising in human anatomy. She enjoys personal ongoing study and is committed to the development of current and future paramedics. This has seen her write a few articles for Standby CPD with writing in particular being a quiet passion. Whether academic writing, storytelling or lyrics, there is a notebook for each somewhere in her life

Aimee Yarrington

Aimee has been a qualified midwife since 2003, and has worked in all areas of midwifery practice from the very high risk to the low risk stand-alone midwife led units. She left full time midwifery practice to join the ambulance service, always keeping her midwifery practice up to date. She joined as an emergency care assistant working her way up to paramedic. After a short spell on the clinical support desk within the EOC she took a secondment to the education and training department. She lectures at several universities on prehospital maternity care as well as at many conferences and events but also works closely with the College of Paramedics. Following maternity leave with her first daughter Luna, she is returning to working not only as a midwife in the busy Shropshire labour ward, but as a midwife working with the consultant midwife and her team in the London Ambulance Service.

Simon Hester

Simon Hester has twenty years of experience in NHS Ambulance Services working in frontline care, operational management and, currently, in safeguarding. He is passionate about the delivery of high quality patient care, and he maintains registration as a paramedic. Simon also has a desire to see that caring staff are, in turn, provided with the best quality of care at work, and has been instrumental in the development of trauma stress management systems at South Western Ambulance Service. He has a professional interest in the management of drug and alcohol intoxication, and has been providing training and consultancy to organisations in the voluntary sector since 2010. Simon is a Chartered Business Manager. He has a Diploma in Health and Social Welfare, and is also studying for an MSc in Systems Thinking.

Peter Phillips

Peter graduated from BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science in 2009 and worked as a paramedic in London and Dorset. In 2013, he graduated as an Emergency Care Practitioner (Specialist Paramedic), delivering emergency and urgent care within an NHS Ambulance Service and Out-of-Hours GP Service. Since 2014, Peter has been a full-time lecturer at Bournemouth University and is now joint programme lead of BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science. He has a wide range of both education and clinical research interests, and in 2016 commenced a PhD studying the nature of resilience in newly qualified paramedics. Peter’s passion is in championing the paramedic profession and enabling Bournemouth university graduates to make a positive impact upon the paramedic profession as a whole.

Iain Darby

Iain joined Royal Berkshire Ambulance Service in 2000 as an ambulance technician. After completion of the IHCD Paramedic award he went on to become a registered Paramedic in 2005. Iain has worked in a number of different roles, with both Royal Berkshire and South Central Ambulance Services, including Clinical Supervisor and Clinical Team Leader. In addition, he has completed a Diploma of Higher education in Paramedic Science through the Open University in 2014. In 2016, Iain moved to a full-time role within the Paramedic Science team at Bournemouth University where he holds a number of teaching responsibilities and research interests, as well as continuing to work as a Paramedic for SCAS. Iain completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Health Sciences from the University of Southampton in 2015.

Christoph Schroth

Christoph is a Paramedic, holds a BA in Emergency and Disaster Management and is a Lecturer in Paramedic Science at Bournemouth University. He was born in Germany, but spent 19 years abroad, mostly in South Africa, before moving to the UK. He has worked for the ambulance service, as a remote site Paramedic in the offshore industry and in the Middle East and has a keen interest in teaching, emergency management and remote site medicine. His teaching experience ranges from first-aid to the public, to teaching medical care to bodyguards, Ambulance Technicians and numerous other healthcare professions. He has published and edited various books, CPD material and articles in the fields of emergency medical care and emergency and disaster management.

Sid Marshall

Sid Marshall has returned to the frontline of ambulance work as a bank paramedic for South Central Ambulance Service. His career in the ambulance service began in 1998. He added to his IHCD qualifications with a diploma in paramedic science, working as a Clinical Mentor before becoming an Education Manager. Within this role he developed and delivered training packages and teaching materials both for new entrants to the ambulance service and staff already employed within it. Having previously obtained a PGCE he is particularly passionate about transferring sound theoretical knowledge into appropriate practical care for patients. He provided feedback for the Ambulance Care series published by Class Professional Publishing and devised a series of teaching presentations to be used by trainers alongside Ambulance Care Practice. More recently he assisted with the revision of the seventh edition of Nancy Caroline’s Emergency Care in the Streets. Other work in which Sid is involved includes an outreach project part funded by Health Education England to highlight to young people the variety of roles available in the wider NHS.

Andy Kirk

Andy is the Associate Head of Allied Health Professions Education at Edge Hill University, which includes both paramedic and operating department practitioner education programmes. Andy graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2002 with a BMedSci (Hons) in Paramedic Studies, joining Greater Manchester Ambulance Service in 2003, which subsequently became the North West Ambulance Service in 2006. After working initially as an ambulance technician and then paramedic, Andy joined Edge Hill University as a Senior Lecturer in 2010. He progressed to Programme Lead for the DipHE Paramedic Practice programme and then to his current role as Associate Head in 2017. Andy has a breadth of experience both as an operational paramedic and as an academic in pre-hospital practice, and in his current role is involved in curriculum planning and design of new programmes.

Dwain Longley

Dwain Longley is a locality manager (paramedic) for the Yorkshire Ambulance Service, with a specialist interest in major incident management, Incident Command and Specialist Operations. He is currently seconded into the NHS Trusts Command and Resilience Education Team as an associate educator and has been delivering courses related to resilience, command, and speciality command to a variety of commanders within his Trust since October 2019. He has been a registered paramedic since 2010 and continues to practice as a clinician as much as he can. He has been involved in several different leadership roles within the Trust since 2013 at an operational and tactical level. He operates as one of the Trust’s tactical commanders and has attended a number of large scale and complex incidents during his time as a commander, including planning and managing the 2018 Tour De Yorkshire Event. He has undertaken a wide variety of leadership training and was awarded his MSc in Health and Social Care Leadership at Sheffield Hallam University in early 2020, which builds on the BSc already obtained in this field. Alongside this MSc Dwain has also completed the National Ambulance Resilience Unit (NARU) Tactical Command Course, MIMMS provider course, as well as a number of Trust command and speciality training courses, including how the Trust responds to CBRN/Hazmat and Marauding Terrorist incidents. Since 2003 he has also volunteered with St John Ambulance and has undertaken a number of management roles over this period at both local and regional level and has also undertaken the role of a Strategic Commander on behalf of St. John. At present he is undertaking pieces of project work within the North of England and has supported local and regional training events aimed at volunteers on dealing with large scale and major incidents.

Tom Hewes

Tom is a Paramedic and Senior Lecturer in Paramedic Sciences at Swansea University. He joined the Welsh Ambulance Service in 2002 following a BSc in Sports and Exercise Sciences. Tom worked as a paramedic in Cardiff City Centre, both in Ambulances and on rapid response vehicles. During this time Tom completed a PGCE in Adult Education and an MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice. In 2011 he became a Clinical Team Leader in Wales' first 'Hazardous Area Response Team' where he successfully led his team at two declared major incidents. In 2015 Tom became employed by Swansea University as a full-time lecturer, where he has gained Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy and received an award for excellence in learning and teaching.

Neil Hore

Neil Hore is the academic lead for paramedic education and senior lecturer involved with emergency and unscheduled care programmes at the College of Human and Health Sciences at Swansea University. As the College of Paramedics National Education Advisor (Wales) and a founder member of the Forum for Higher Education Providers for Paramedic Science UK, Neil is an advocate for raising the profile of paramedic education within the UK promoting and supporting CPD and CME events. Neil is a vastly experienced paramedic and prior to his appointment at Swansea University was employed within the Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust (WAST). During his tenure at WAST Neil had a range of appointments providing support for the trust's governance framework, and was instrumental in the second stage implementation of specialist and advanced practice roles.

Dean Acreman

Dean is the Project Manager – Trends in Substance Misuse/Harm Reduction within the Health Protection Team. His role primarily involves the management of the WEDINOS (Welsh Emerging Drugs & Identification of Novel Substances) Project. WEDINOS provides for the collection and testing of psychoactive substances including novel combinations of substances, the profiling of a substances chemical structure and the dissemination of pragmatic harm reduction advice. Employed by Public Health Wales since 2013, Dean has extensive experience working within the Criminal Justice System and in the field of substance misuse. He has interests in the trends in substance misuse on an international, national and regional level.

Joseph Francis

Having gained a BSc (Hons) in Paramedic Science from Hertfordshire, Joseph has transitioned from frontline emergency care for the London Ambulance Service through to specialist roles in multiple clinical NHS environments, including geriatric hospital avoidance, urgent care and most recently within General Practice, running an autonomous Specialist Paramedic clinic for acute presentations and community home visits. The knowledge and experience gained within these roles, alongside postgraduate study in Advanced Practice and Therapeutics, has provided him with significant depth and breadth of clinical knowledge and experience of the internal workings of the NHS. Joseph’s main clinical interests surround antimicrobial resistance, which he is currently researching, alongside environment and health interactions, remote medicine and humanitarian medicine/aid. As well as his clinical roles, Joseph has worked as a Lecturer in Paramedic Science and Clinical Skills Tutor for Exeter Medical School, providing evidence and experience-based lectures, simulation and team-based learning sessions whilst achieving his PgCHE and FHEA. These roles have allowed Joseph to merge his passion for medicine and education, where he is focused on providing a current, innovative and enthusiastic approach to education.

John Knight

John Knight is Associate Professor in Biomedical Science within the College Of Human and Health Sciences at Swansea University. For the last 19 years he has taught anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology on a wide variety of professional degree and diploma programmes including Paramedic Science, Nursing and Midwifery. John's first degree is in microbiology, additionally he holds a Ph.D. in immunology and has over 50 published articles in peer reviewed journals. His teaching at Swansea University has recently been recognized by the presentation of a Distinguished Teaching Award, John has a variety of research interests including the use of maggots and their secretions to promote wound healing and the use of Virtual Reality simulations in the teaching of anatomy and physiology.

Charlie Earle

Charlie Earle is a Respiratory Lecturer at Swansea University. After graduating from Swansea University in Respiratory Physiology, and working in various Respiratory departments in the UK, she ran the Lung Function Laboratory in Salisbury District Hospital, working as a Specialist Respiratory Physiologist. In 2017 she completed an MSc in Professional Science and she is currently undertaking a postgraduate certificate in higher education (PGCertHE) through Swansea University. Charlie has been working at Swansea University for 18 months teaching both undergraduate Healthcare Science students and clinical skills to qualified nurses, paramedics, physiotherapists (healthcare workers) to help them become accredited in spirometry. Charlie understands the importance of multidisciplinary teams and hopes that by contributing to Standby CPD she will encourage others to learn from other healthcare professionals.

Nikki Williams

Nikki Williams is a senior lecturer in respiratory physiology at Swansea University. She is programme director for respiratory & sleep sciences and teaches all aspects of respiratory physiology to healthcare students on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Nikki keeps up to date with clinical developments through her role as honorary advanced respiratory physiologist at Singleton Hospital in Swansea. Nikki has a great deal of experience in educating paramedics as she developed and led the BSc Pre Hospital Care degree at Swansea for many years.

Ruth Crabtree

Ruth Crabtree is the Public Health Lead for Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust. Ruth began her career in the ambulance service in Clinical Audit. At this time the public health role of the ambulance services was beginning to emerge and gain recognition. Ruth’s skills and expertise in public health, through her Masters of Public Health (MPH), were identified as being highly valuable in the further development of this role and led to her becoming the first dedicated Public Health Lead within the ambulance sector. Within this position she is responsible for developing the ambulance service’s role in intelligence-led early intervention and prevention at a regional level for Yorkshire and at a national level, particularly the development of the wider public health workforce and implementation of Making Every Contact Count. Ruth has been involved in the development of the consensus statement between national ambulance, health and public health bodies. She has also played a key part in the development of the first regional consensus between blue light services on the role that the wider emergency services can play within the public health agenda. An article on public health leadership within the emergency services, to which she has contributed, has been accepted into the journal of the Royal Society for Public Health.

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