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.

Sarah Christopher

Sarah joined the NHS ambulance service in 1996 and qualified as a paramedic in 1999. In addition to her paramedic registration she holds a first class honours degree in Pre-Hospital Care, Royal College of Surgeons Medicine in Remote Areas and Travel and Tropical Health qualifications, PHTLS, ITLS, PGC LTHE and Master’s degree in Education. Whilst in the ambulance service she acted as Practice Educator for student paramedics. She worked in the private sector for a number of years including working on a technical rescue team. Sarah joined Sheffield Hallam University in September 2011 as a Lecturer in Paramedic Practice progressing shortly after to Senior Lecturer. In 2017 she joined the University of Lincoln to develop and lead the BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science degree programme. She is a member of the College of Paramedics and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Sarah enjoys writing for publish and has had in excess of 20 publishes to date.

Lindsay Hart

Lindsay Hart is a paramedic and Clinical Education Facilitator at the University of Greenwich. Having initially started her career with Kent Ambulance in 2001 as an ambulance technician, Lindsay qualified as a paramedic in 2011 whilst at South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) and went on to successfully complete a BSc (Hons) in Professional Practice Health and Social Care (Pre-Hospital Care) in 2015. In 2019, Lindsay achieved her MA Education (Higher Education) and commenced her PhD studies in 2019. Her particular areas of interest are end of life care and the mental health and well-being of both student and qualified paramedics.

Jon Dearnley-Lane

Jon has been a registered Paramedic since 2013. He joined the North West Ambulance Service in 2003 working originally within patient transport. He progressed to becoming a Student Paramedic, undertaking his DipHE in Paramedic Practice in 2012. Once registered as a Paramedic, Jon began his BSc in Clinical and Professional Practice in 2013, obtaining a first-class degree in 2016. In addition to his ambulance-based work, Jon has held roles as Capacity Coordinator at a local Emergency Department, a Triage Paramedic and IV clinician for an out-of-hours GP service and is a vocational writer for Pearson UK. Currently, Jon is a seconded lecturer at Edge Hill University, where he teaches students undertaking their DipHE and undergraduate BSc programmes. Whilst doing this, Jon is undertaking a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education.

Katie Duncan

Katie Duncan is a Paramedic and Teaching Fellow in Paramedic Science at the University of Greenwich. She joined the University in February 2020 and previously worked at South East Coast Ambulance Service as an operational Paramedic in Kent. She commenced her Paramedic Science BSc (Hons) degree in April 2011 at Canterbury Christchurch University, Medway campus and completed her degree in April 2014 from which point, she began employment at South East Coast Ambulance Service. Katie has a keen interest in education, simulation and trauma, and works as a bank Paramedic at Lydden Hill Race Circuit alongside critical care paramedics and doctors.

Nick Groom

Nick has been a paramedic since January 2017. He worked in various roles within healthcare for the four years prior to gaining his Foundation Degree. Since qualifying, he has worked in a number of roles such as front-line operations, research and development, and sports and events medicine. Currently, Nick is studying for an MSc in Public Health and planning to start a Specialist Practitioner programme. When not at work Nick can usually be found anywhere near reptiles!

John Grimwood

John is a specialist paramedic practitioner in primary care for a group of medical practices in South Cambridgeshire. He qualified as a paramedic in 2014 and spent some time in a pilot project for admission avoidance for over 65s. After this project became mainstream it got moved under a different community team and John moved back to mainstay ambulance work. He joined the locality training and mentorship team and moved into management soon after. He has always had an interest in non-clinical skills including human factors, communication and particularly in the specialist groups of cognitive impairment i.e. learning disabilities and dementias. Much of this stems from having a daughter with Autism Spectrum Disorder but also from his work in the specialist team. This led to taking on the role of locality dementia strategy lead before eventually moving on to work in primary care. Alongside his clinical career John took a part time role as associate lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University and teaches on both the DipEd and BSc courses. This helps him to keep up his emergency skills while also teaching the next generation of paramedics.

Samantha Sweet

Samantha is a paramedic working with London Ambulance Service. She qualified as a paramedic through the University of Hertfordshire in 2015 and has since been working in the capital. She works on both the ambulances and Fast Response cars in North West London. Samantha is currently doing her MSc in Advanced Paramedic Practice and is completing her final project for her masters. Other parts of her master’s study have included cardiology and advanced 12 leads. Samantha is also an associate lecturer with Anglia Ruskin University and enjoys helping others to achieve their goal in becoming a paramedic. Samantha aspires to work as an advanced clinician in the future and is currently working towards this.

Samantha McCabe-Hogan

Samantha is a senior lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University, lecturing in practical and theoretical subjects such as research, professional leadership and intermediate life/trauma support. Samantha has also contributed to several paramedic books such as Law and Ethics for Paramedics: An Essential Guide. Before joining the ambulance service, she was in the Royal Air Force and worked at her local hospital as a nursing assistant. She joined the Lincolnshire Ambulance Service in 2001 in Health Transport and moved into Emergency Operations in 2003, qualifying as a paramedic in 2006. As well as working on the front line, she worked in both the education and research departments at the East Midlands Ambulance Service. Her undergraduate degree is in Health Studies (2003) and her Master’s is in Clinical Research (2009).

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