Mr Gary Strong

Mr Gary Strong

Associate Lecturer

Peninsula Medical School (Faculty of Health)

Mr Gary Strong can be contacted through arrangement with our Press Office, to speak to the media on these areas of expertise.
  • Clinical education
  • Health services
  • Paramedic practice
  • Prehospital care
  • Mixed-methods
  • Qualitative research


Associate Lecturer - Acting Dissertation Module Lead


Recent Career History

National CPD Lead, College of Paramedics                                             2017-

Programme Lead, BSc Paramedic Practitioner, Plymouth University          2014-2016

Whitireia New Zealand: Programme Leader, BHSc Paramedic              2011-2013

Wellington Free Ambulance, NZ: Education and Training Manager          2009-2011

Great Western Ambulance Service: Paramedic Clinical Lead               2007-2009

Gloucesteshire Ambulance Service: Learning and Development Tutor       2002-2007

Academic Qualifications

Master of Clinical Education, Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry 

Competed April 2016

Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Education (with distinction), University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Completed June 2014. 

Postgraduate Certificate in Further Education (with merit), University of the West of England
Completed July 2005

BA (hons) Theology and Religious Studies (2:1), University of Manchester 

Completed July 1983.  

Other Qualifications and Courses

Resuscitation Academy

In 2010 I attended the Resuscitation Academy in Seattle, USA. This is essentially a change management development programme aimed at paramedics, doctors and administrators who are seeking to improve out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survival rates in their own local area. As a result of this experience I am convinced that educational interventions should be a priority area for research in paramedic practice, i.e. asking which interventions can be seen to impact positively upon patient outcomes.

Prince 2 Project Management

In 2008 I gained the award of Prince 2 Project Management Practitioner. This provided insight into the design, delivery and completion of project tasks. The principles of project management offer a framework to aid the completion of research and development projects which I have found helpful.

Professional membership

HCPC Paramedic number PA 04007

College of Paramedics

Paramedics Australasia

Roles on external bodies

College of Paramedics Education Advisory Committee

College of Paramedics Curriculum Review Group
Forum for Higher Education in Paramedic Science



Teaching interests

Evidence based practice

Interprofessional practice
Simulation based learning
Learning and teaching methodology

Staff serving as external examiners

External Examiner, BSc Healthcare Leadership, University of Worcester

External Advisor, Dip He Paramedic Practice, Liverpool John Moores University

External Advisor, BSc (hons) Paramedic Science, University of Wolverhampton

External Advisor, BSc (hons) Paramedic Science, Edge Hill University



Research interests

Simulation and non-technical skills

Use of online and blended learning in clinical educaiton
Assessment of clinical performance




Strong, G.. & Thompson, S. (2016). 'Student Enquiry: The power of student research to influence evidence-based practice'. Whitireia Nursing and Health Journal 23, pp. 3-5.

Williams, B., Fielder, C.,Strong, G., Acker, J. & Thompson, S. ‘Are paramedic students ready to be professional? An internationalcomparison study’. InternationalEmergency Nursing (2014).

Strong, G., Haggerty, C.& Drayton, C. Flexible LearningStream. Response Magazine – A Journalof Paramedics Australasia (2012). 39:3

Strong, G. ‘My time at the Resuscitation Academy’. EMS Magazine, USA, July 2010.



Reports & invited lectures

'Does the Paramedic Professional Have an Identity Crisis?'. Invited presentation, Paramedics Australasia International Conference, Auckland, November 2016.

'Is blended learning an effective design strategy for undergraduate paramedic education?' Poster presentation, Paramedics Australasia international Conference, Auckland, November 2016.

The journey of professionalism from novice to expert in paramedic practice’. Plymouth University Peninsula School of Medicine and Dentistry Assessment of Professionalism Conference. December2015.


Understanding the student experience of video debriefing following simulation: a case study in paramedic practice’. Plymouth University Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching and Learning Conference. June 2015. With Rebecca Vickerstaff.


Minor traumatic brain injury (mTBI) in adult patients, the risks of intracranial injury (ICI) and post-concussion syndrome(PCS): looking for guidance in prehospital care’. Poster presentation, College of Paramedics National Conference. October 2014, with Judi Strong.


Using Moodle for Teaching and Learning’. Plymouth University Vice-Chancellor’sTeaching and Learning Conference. June2014.


‘Paramedic Professionalism – an International Examination’. Paramedics Australasia International Conference. Canberra, October 2013.


‘Registration– be afraid!’ Panel discussion (chair), ParamedicsAustralasia International Conference. Canberra, October 2013.


‘EffectiveSimulation in a Multi-Professional Environment’. Network of Australasian Paramedic Academics. Canberra, October 2013.


‘EffectiveSimulation in a Multi-Professional Environment’. Laerdal Simulation User Network Conference. Wellington NZ, July 2013. With Philip Hawes.


‘Flexible Learning Stream’. Whitireia Faculty of Health Research Showcase. Wellington NZ, November 2012.


‘The development of a Flexible Learning Stream ofBHSc Paramedic for existing ambulance officers in New Zealand’. Poster presentation, Paramedics Australasia international Conference. Hobart, Tasmania, November 2012.


‘Extended and Community Care Paramedicine’. Panel discussion, ParamedicsAustralasia International Conference. Hobart, Tasmania, November 2012.


‘Evaluatingthe utility of a short multi choice questionnaire to assess the baselineknowledge of patient safety competencies amongst Wellington paramedics’WhitireiaFaculty of Health Research Showcase.  Wellington NZ, November 2011.    


‘Simulation in thePre-Hospital Setting’. LaerdalSimulation User Network Conference. Wellington NZ, June 2011. WithDouglas Gallagher.