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 ‘Specialist Paramedic - urgent care’ in the South Central Ambulance Service and a Trainee Advanced Clinical Practitioner at Royal Berkshire Hospital. She is a 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) and General Practitioners (GP). She hopes that the knowledge that she has benefited from can be transferred into her writing to help others within the Paramedic profession.

Rebekah Woodhams

Rebekah, originally from London, has recently moved back from Scotland to begin work with the London Ambulance Service as a newly qualified Paramedic. The past four years has seen her working for the Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS) where she completed her diploma in paramedic science. Whilst there she also volunteered with Save a Life Scotland, went into schools, as well as taking part of a patient safety group for the local area. Before joining the service, starting as a technician, she studied biomedical science, focusing on human anatomy. Completing the degree in three years she enjoyed studying and being in a slightly smaller city. Remaining in Scotland initially, she sought a career beyond retail and one that would enable her to apply her knowledge. Throughout she has continued to pursue education through to paramedic level and strive for excellence around patient centred care. Outside work she likes to stay fit through various sports and likes to unwind in front of a good movie or boxset. Writing has been a quiet passion, whether academic writing, storytelling or lyrics, there is a note book for each somewhere in her life.

Aimee Yarrington

Aimee Yarrington has been a qualified midwife for just over 12 years, she has worked in all areas of midwifery practice from the very high risk to the low risk stand alone midwife led units. Five years ago 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 and has been able to work and develop the maternity training within the department. She also provided regular CPD sessions for new and existing staff, as well as working closely with the College of Paramedics. Currently she is preparing to return to practice equally as a paramedic and midwife but is always looking for the next challenge!

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.

Chris Schroth

Chris was born in Germany but spent 18 years in South Africa and one year in Namibia. His medical experience and education was mostly gained abroad, giving him a different and broadened perspective on healthcare in Europe, as a whole. Chris’ teaching experience ranges from first-aid to the public, to bodyguards, teaching Ambulance Technicians and other healthcare providers. He recently moved to the UK to teach Paramedic students at Bournemouth University.

Sid Marshall

Sid Marshall is a paramedic and an Education Manager at 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 his current role in the Education Department. Having previously obtained a PGCE he is particularly passionate about transferring sound theoretical knowledge into appropriate practical care for patients. His current role includes developing and delivering training packages and teaching materials both for new entrants to the ambulance service and staff already employed within it. 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.

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.

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