Meet Our Authors

Pete Morris

Pete completed a BSc (Hons) in Medicinal and Biological Chemistry at the University of York, specialising in drug design and drug-drug interactions before studying to become a Paramedic at Coventry University. He Joined West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust in 2014 as a Paramedic, and currently works as a Clinical Team Mentor where he is responsible for supporting and mentoring new staff as well as providing clinical supervision to existing staff. Pete is also employed by Coventry University, teaching and assessing pre-registration Paramedic Students. He has interests in pharmacology, patient assessment and admission avoidance and is currently working with local GPs to implement alternative care pathways.

Jessica Willetts

Jessica Willetts started working for the ambulance service in 2007 after a career in IT. Completing her paramedic degree from the University of Hertfordshire in 2010, she worked for several years for East of England Ambulance Service. Moving to SECAMB and Kent in 2014, she undertook her Paramedic Practitioner qualification at St George’s in 2016. During this time Jessica worked on an innovative pilot combining 999 response with a home visiting service for GPs. Continuing her studies, she recently completed a PGCert in Paramedic Practice and is currently part of one of the first cohorts of paramedics undertaking the Independent Prescribing Qualification. For the last two years she has been working for a GP surgery seeing a wide variety of patients in clinic and in the community. She has special interests in the areas of frailty and palliative care. Jessica is closely involved in providing care for the residents of two care homes with moderate to advanced Huntington’s Disease. Jessica provides routine clinical care in conjunction with the GPs and is also heavily involved in advance planning and end of life care for this patient group.

Gregory Whitley

Gregory Whitley joined the West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust in 2010 as a student paramedic and qualified in 2012. He joined the East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust in 2014 and worked on the AIRWAYS-2 clinical trial for 3 years. He gained his MSc in Health and Social Care from the University of Nottingham in 2016 and started his PhD in 2018 at the University of Lincoln funded by the NIHR CLAHRC East Midlands. He is studying pre-hospital pain management in children.

Sam Thompson

Sam Thompson is a Forensic Paramedic with Kent Police and a Senior Lecturer in Paramedic Science at St George’s, University of London. Specialising in the care of patients who have been raped or sexually assaulted, she is the author of the Joint Royal Colleges Ambulance Liaison Committee national guidelines on Sexual Assault and is a regular speaker for the College of Paramedics at both national and CPD events. Sam has been published in academic journals and her podcasts may be found on line. She represents the College of Paramedics on the Inter Collegiate and Agencies Domestic Violence Abuse National Forum; this fosters collaboration between medical, nursing and allied health professionals and national domestic violence and abuse agencies, implementing national guidance on the health (including mental health) response to domestic violence abuse. Managing patients who have been sexually assaulted represents challenging moral and ethical dilemmas for any health care professional, yet myths prevail based on misinformation, inexperience and the narcissistic need for attribution amongst those believing victims: “asked for it”. Through her work Sam is committed to challenging poor practice and working with both victims and offenders, is committed to challenging the myths which compromise care and further damage this very vulnerable group of patients.

Hannah Harrison

Hannah graduated from Birmingham City University as a Paramedic in 2017 having spent her previous career years working her way up the clinical ladder, gaining a wide breadth of experience. She has since spent time working on the road, in operational management and in a busy Emergency Department. Hannah currently works as a Paramedic in her local GP Practice, specialising in Urgent Care. Alongside her full time employment, Hannah enjoys providing event medical cover and teaching CPD sessions to her peers.

Paul Savage

Paul is a Physiotherapist and has been a Search and Rescue Volunteer with the RNLI and HM Coastguard for 31 years. He joined the RNLI full time in 2005 as Head of Medicine. He was responsible for the operational medical response of the whole RNLI as well as the architect and custodian of their Clinical Governance. He advised on all matters casualty care related - from kit carried, casualty care course design to casualty-friendly boat design. For this work which created a complete step change of maritime medicine around the UK, Paul was awarded an OBE in December 2013. Since 2014 as Managing Director of his own company Saviour Medical, Paul has a mixed portfolio of pre-hospital medical related work including; casualty care course design and teaching, Clinical Governance, Medical Consultancy and University Lecturing. He was appointed a Visiting Fellow of Bournemouth University in early 2017. Paul is Chairman of the UK Search and Rescue Medical Group which shapes the future and direction of UK SAR medicine, and is the SAR Advisor to the Main Advisory Board of the Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh). Paul presents on the 7 Ways to Die in Cold water, explaining the latest knowledge and understanding of what happens when humans are submersed or immersed in water below 25 degrees Celsius. He has been fortunate enough to present this both nationally and internationally.

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