Garry Cockrill

Lecturer Practitioner

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Medicine and Social Care

Location: Chelmsford

Garry is a Senior Paramedic (Practice Educator) with the East of England Ambulance Service (EEAST) NHS Trust. He joined the team at ARU in January 2022.

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Garry made the decision to return to education in 2015 after having worked in several careers from domestic appliances, to IT and church work followed by twelve years in foster caring.  Garry was offered a place in Paramedic Science at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) in September 2015.

At fifty two, Garry was the oldest student on the course.  However, after three years of effort including Ambulance placement blocks from West to East London Garry graduated with first class honours in 2018.

Immediately after graduation Garry undertook an observer shift with Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Trust (EHAAT).  This included landing on the roof (Helipad) of the Royal London Hospital with a critically injured motorcyclist who ultimately survived.

Since graduation Garry has worked as a Paramedic with EEAST and continues front line service on a reduced hours contract of six shifts per month.

With a desire for lifelong learning Garry returned to ARU via distance learning January 2020 to study a master’s degree in Medical and Healthcare Education.  Having completed the first year, Garry had to withdraw from study for family reasons but did gain the Post Graduate Certificate (PG Cert) gaining a Distinction in all modules. Garry will now complete the MSc from January 2023.

After progressing to Band 6 Senior Paramedic Garry joined the teaching team at ARU in January 2022.  This followed a brief period as a Lecturer Practitioner at the University of Suffolk.

Research interests

  • Neurodiversity in Paramedic practice
  • Suicide prevention in Paramedic practice


Module Leader:

  • Cognitive Impairment and Mental Health MOD 007141
  • Undergraduate Major Project MOD 007727


  • BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science First class ARU.
  • Post Graduate Certificate Medical and Healthcare Education (PG Cert) ARU.
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Registered Paramedic (PA46254) with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Member of the College of Paramedics
  • Member of the College of Paramedics Diversity Steering Group (Disability strand)
  • EEAST Disability Network
  • Christian Ambulance Association