Paramedic Sciences

About us

The Paramedic Science research theme focuses on developing and evaluating education approaches to enhance student paramedic preparation and development for professional practice. Activity is centred around the education experience of student paramedics, particularly aspects of their education which occur within university and practice-based learning settings.

Our approach is to develop strategic collaborations with partner organisations to evaluate the impact paramedic practice has on out-of-hospital care. As paramedics practice in various settings alongside healthcare professionals, we utilise a collaborative approach with the aspiration to provide outputs which impact upon service user experience and develop the profession.                  

Our core research focus lies within the following:

  • Education research which enhances student paramedic development and their practice-based learning experience.
  • Wellbeing research into the holistic support approaches and interventions which can be used to support and enhance paramedic practice.
  • Decision-making research into the strategies and behaviours utilised by paramedics during their practice encounters.  

Student paramedic


Matthew Catterall

Mr Matthew Catterall

Programme Lead and Principal Lecturer in Paramedic Science

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Andrew Freeman-May

Dr Andrew Freeman-May

Senior Lecturer in Paramedic Science

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Core research activities

Oxford Brookes student paramedics

As a dynamic team, we undertake various healthcare-related studies. Examples include:

  • Strength and condition interventions to enhance the preparation of student paramedics for practice.
  • Investigating the decision-making strategies utilised by newly-qualified paramedics when managing service users.
  • The experience of practice-based learning by student paramedics, including assessment of practice by supervising paramedics.
  • Contribution to an evaluation of service users, with dementia, experiences during MRI scans with external research partners.
  • Use of coaching as an education intervention to support and enhance student paramedic development when managing professional challenges.  

Key publications