- SF27, Peninsula Allied Health Centre, College of St Mark & St John, Plymouth, Devon, PL6 8BH
Mr Gary Strong
Lecturer in Paramedic Practice
Recent Career History
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
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.
These programmes of study has introduced me to a wide range of methodologies and research areas of interest in clinical education. Paramedic practice has remained relatively untouched by contemporary approaches to clinical education, and there is much to be explored. Specific interests include simulation based education, with particular regard to the development of non-technical and interprofessional communication skills; and assessment of clinical performance.Postgraduate Certificate in Further Education (with merit), University of the West of England
BA (hons) Theology and Religious Studies (2:1), University of Manchester
Completed July 1983.
Predates my career as a paramedic. Provided a good background in critical thinking.
Other Qualifications and Courses
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.
Roles on external bodies
College of Paramedics Education Advisory Committee
Evidence based practice
Staff serving as external examiners
External Examiner, BSc Healthcare Leadership, University of Worcester
Simulation and non-technical skills
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). http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.1016/j.ienj.2014.07.004.
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.