Mr Andrew Webber
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Mr Andrew Webber

Lecturer in Paramedic Science (Education)

School of Health Professions (Faculty of Health)

Biography

Biography

As a lecturer within Plymouth's paramedic science team, Andrew is primarily responsible for promoting high standards of learning for pre-registrant paramedic students. His role includes developing students' practical skills (eg. physical exam techniques, resuscitation), alongside fostering other important skills (eg. clinical decision making, critiquing and utilising evidence to improve practice). He is also responsible for developing registrant paramedics who choose to undertake post-registration study at Plymouth. 

Before joining the university in 2013, Andrew worked with the local NHS ambulance service. He began as an ambulance care assistant in 1999, qualified as an ambulance technician in 2002 and then as a paramedic in 2005. Whilst working in the NHS, Andrew completed a BSc(Hons) in emergency care, before undertaking an MSc in health & social care research. In 2018 Andrew adopted a part-time role with the university, which has enabled him to practise with a GP network in Plymouth for two days each week. He practises as an independent prescriber in that role (for more on paramedic independent prescribing, visit the College of Paramedics' site).  When able, Andrew continues to practise in the NHS ambulance service as a paramedic. He also practises within the private sector, working on festival sites, horse events and motorsports events.

As recognised in Hampton's (2003) 'Guidelines - for the obedience of fools and the guidance of wise men' piece, not all patients 'fit' into guidelines. Andrew has a keen interest in using evidence, pragmatism and patient choice to support individual patient's unique situations.

Andrew’s clinical interests include: older people's care; palliative care; substance misuse & harm reduction. He also has interests in clinical education; and, supporting colleagues to learn from their HCPC fitness to practise cases.

Summary of job roles

2018 - Paramedic (primary & urgent care), Pathfields Medical Group (current 0.4 FTE)
2013 - Lecturer in paramedic science, University of Plymouth (current 0.6 FTE)
2012 - Specialist paramedic (urgent & emergency care) by secondary assignment, South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
2010 - Event paramedic, Alliance Pioneer Group (current ZHC)
2005 - Paramedic, South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (current ZHC)
2002 - Ambulance technician, Westcountry Ambulance Services NHS Trust
1999 - Ambulance care assistant, Westcountry Ambulance Services NHS Trust

Qualifications

Summary of academic qualifications/achievements

2021 - PgDip Advanced Professional Practice (Clinical Practitioner), University of Plymouth
2014 - PgCert Academic Practice, Plymouth University
2013 - MSc Health & Social Care Research, University of Sheffield - Distinction
2010 - BSc(Hons) Emergency Care, University of Plymouth - First class
2001 - CertHSC (Health & Social Care), Open University

Summary of relevant professional/vocational qualifications/achievements

2020 - Independent prescribing, University of West England
2012 - Off-road driver training, British Off-Road Driving Association
2008 - Mentorship (HEAB370), University of Plymouth
2005 - Ambulance paramedic, IHCD
2002 - Ambulance aid & emergency driving, IHCD
1999 - Ambulance care assistant & non-emergency driving, IHCD

CPD summary for 2021

11/2021 - Substantive professional project, University of Plymouth, undertaking
08/2021 - Train the Healthcare Trainer, Health Education England

CPD summary for 2020

11/2020 - Mandatory update, SWAST
10/2020 - British Horseracing Authority annual update for healthcare staff
09/2020 - APP711 Managing clinical complexity, University of Plymouth
08/2020 - Statutory mandatory education update (online delivery), SWAST
03/2020 - Safeguarding adults (level 3 intercollegiate framework)
02/2020 - APP701 Advancing practice in context, University of Plymouth

CPD summary for 2019

11/2019 - Learning development review / clinical supervision day (25 Nov), SWAST
10/2019 - APP710 Advanced assessment for clinical practice, University of Plymouth
09/2019 - APP736 Leadership and innovation, University of Plymouth
09/2019 - UZTRTU Non-Medical Prescribing, University of West England
09/2019 - Care-home medicine, Livewell southwest
07/2019 - Ear care update, Devon CEPN
06/2019 - Safeguarding children (level 3 intercollegiate framework)
06/2019 - Mental Health First Aid course, MHFA England
04/2019 - Dermatology Masterclass, Devon CEPN
02/2019 - Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations (IR(ME)R) training
01/2019 - Learning development review / clinical supervision day (16 Jan), SWAST
01/2019 - Mandatory update, SWAST

Clinical practice

Andrew continues to practise as an ambulance paramedic, undertaking an average of ~400 hours annually in this role (last practised October 2021). As well as practising as an ambulance paramedic, Andrew undertakes ~1,000 hours of clinical practice in his primary care each year.

Professional membership

Andrew is a member of a number of professional bodies, including:

Roles on external bodies

Andrew is one of the three admission tutors for the BSc(Hons) Paramedic Science programme.
He is also a member of the School of Health Professions' Professional Issues Committee, who assess applicants' suitability to enter healthcare programmes.
As well as being responsibilities within the University of Plymouth, Andrew has undertaken the following:
  • External-examiner for the University of East Anglia's (UEA) BSc(Hons) & DipHE Paramedic programmes from 2013-2017.
  • During 2015-16, worked with the College of Paramedics' Postgraduate Curriculum Development Group to develop curriculum guidance for UK paramedics.
  • Reviewer for Health and Care Research Wales (formally the National Institute for Social Care and Health Research: NISCHR).
  • External adviser for the major review of the Public Services portfolio at University of Wales Trinity Saint David during 2016.
  • External adviser for the PgCert Simulation in Health and Social Care at the University of Salford in 2017.
  • Andrew continues to consult for non-NHS UK ambulance services to improve their governance measures, with a particular interest in medicines governance.

Teaching

Teaching

Teaching interests

Andrew's teaching interests include developing paramedic students' core knowledge (particularly of pathophysiology and pharmacotherapies), clinical examination skills (eg. assessment of core body systems using the traditional medical models) and cognitive skills (eg. clinical decision making, analysis of ECGs).  He is keen to support traditional lecture teaching with alternative learning approaches, including:

  • workbooks to promote active learning (eg. directing learners to academic papers of interest, encouraging learners to seek answers to clinical scenarios, etc)
  • technology assisted interactive sessions (eg. using Turning Point audience response system)
  • video-sessions (eg. theory sessions or practical skills demonstrations)
  • outdoor learning (whether scenario-based, or just learning/discussing out of the class-room setting)
  • problem-based learning, with learners working together to identify barriers/drivers to real-world clinical-challenges
Andrew also has a keen interest in providing formative feedback to support development. Alongside formative feedback offered during practical teaching sessions, Andrew's theory sessions involve a range of activities to promote formative assessment and feedback.

For the 2021-22 deliveries, he will lead/co-lead on the following year-two and year-three undergraduate modules:

  • PARA503 - Medical Conditions and Pathophysiology (1) 
  • PARA601 - Clinical Skills and Application to Practice (3)
  • PARA603 - Medical Conditions and Pathophysiology (2)


Research

Research

Research interests

Andrew's postgraduate research examined the use of naloxone for opioid overdose within one UK ambulance service. He remains interested in the areas of substance misuse and harm-reduction. His more recent areas of research interest include older people's care and palliative care.

Andrew acts as a research supervisor for students at Plymouth.  He has supervised several undergraduate projects, including:

  • survey of students' preparedness to practise
  • observational study comparing handling techniques to limit hip movement
  • observational study examining inter-rater reliability of the FLACC pain score between student paramedics and student paediatric nurses
  • cross-over trial comparing the efficacy of commercial and ad hoc tourniquets to arrest low limb circulation
  • cross-over trial comparing the effect of patient gender on AED pad placement by untrained responders
  • systematic review examining the efficacy of prehospital clopidogrel administration
  • observational study examining test-retest reliability of tympanic thermometers
  • focus group examining student paramedics preparedness for practice
  • survey of students' responses to medication errors

He also supervises students planning and undertaking research in partial fulfilment of postgraduate awards at Plymouth. Research titles include:

  • Helicopter versus ambulance transport of patients with an ST-elevation myocardial infarction: A retrospective comparison of call-to-balloon times
  • How often do paramedics miss flail chests? An audit of one NHS ambulance service
  • Can prehospital clinicians accurately identify patients with pelvic fractures? A retrospective analysis of clinical records within one HEMS group

For more on the School of Health Professions' postgraduate programmes for paramedics, visit:

For more on the other University of Plymouth postgraduate programmes for advanced practice, visit: