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.

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