Mr Matthew Griggs

Mr Matthew Griggs

Lecturer in Paramedic Science (Education)

School of Health Professions (Faculty of Health)



After an initially varied career path, Matt Griggs started to take an interest in healthcare provision and joined ‘Sussex Ambulance Service’ (currently ‘South East Coast Ambulance Service’) in 2004. Starting in a non-emergency role, he quickly progressed to become an Ambulance Technician working on front-line vehicles. In 2008 Matt moved on to join the last cohort of IHCD (Institute of Healthcare and Development)  trained paramedics within the trust, which also required studying on a fledgling university based paramedic programme at St Georges University in London. Since qualifying Matt has maintained his paramedic registration by working on ambulances and rapid response vehicles, and this is something that he continues to do on a weekly basis.

As well as his clinical role, Matt also became a Practice Placement Educator (PPEd) in 2010, successfully mentoring several students, and contributed to teaching on the Paramedic Practice BSc programme at Brighton University as a Visiting Lecturer. More recently Matt furthered his interest in major-incident management by completing a Disaster Management MSc. This lead Matt to become a member of UK-Med, where he is on the register to respond, as part of an emergency response team, to international sudden onset disasters. 

Working in all these different areas have consolidated his interests in both emergency medicine and teaching, and lead him to his current position at Plymouth University.


2016 Post-graduate Certificate in Academic Practice, Plymouth University (Ongoing )

2013 MSc Hazards and Disaster Management                               

2010 Mentorship (PPEd) Preparation Module

2010  FD ParamedicSciences, St Georges University ofLondon

2008 IHCD Paramedic Certificate

2005 IHCD Ambulance Technician Certificate  

2004 IHCDAmbulance Care Assistant Certificate

1998  PGDip  Photojournalism, University of Wales, Cardiff

1994  BSc Geology , Durham University

Professional membership

Health and Care Professions Council (Reg no.PA32098)

College of Paramedics

UK-Med Registered Paramedic

Roles on external bodies

Peer Reviewer for Elsevier Editorial System(EES) – Journal of International Emergency Nursing



Teaching interests

All things to do with paramedicine, with particular interests in: major incident management, decision making, cardiology and mental health. 



Research interests

Currently supervising research projects on both the BSc Paramedic Practitioner programme and MSc Pre-hospital Critical Care programme