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Richard Nicholson

Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Health, Medicine and Social Care
School of Allied Health and Social Care
Areas of Expertise:
Paramedic science , Pre-hospital care

Richard was a Senior Paramedic (Practice Educator) and Hazardous Area Response Team Operative within the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust. He joined the team at ARU in October 2015.

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Having graduated from The University of Hull with a BA (Hons) in Politics, Richard joined the NHS Ambulance Service in 2009.

After qualifying as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) he gained experience crewing Double Staffed Ambulances and Rapid Response Vehicles, attending all nature of 999 calls. Through qualification as a Paramedic, he achieved a Certificate of Higher Education in Emergency Medical Care through the University of East Anglia.

During his career in the NHS Ambulance Service, Richard had a keen interest in Resilience and Specialist Operations. He expanded his experience in this field by training and becoming part of the Specialist Operations Response Team (SORT) and then moving onto the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) where he worked for the last two and a half years of his NHS career.

During his time on HART, Richard gained qualifications, experience, and expertise in CBRNe, HazMat, Major Incidents, Mass Casualty Incidents, Water Rescue, Confined Space Rescue, and Rescue at Height.

Richard moved into higher education initially as a Clinical Skills Tutor. While undertaking this role he had responsibility for delivering the full range of Paramedic assessments/interventions across Levels 4, 5 and 6.

Progressing on to become a Lecturer in 2017 and Senior Lecturer in 2019, he expanded his teaching responsibilities to include theory sessions, undergraduate major project supervision, module leadership and research.

Richard took over as Course Leader of the BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science degree in 2021 and teaches on other courses including Healthcare Science, Physician Associate and Nursing.  

Research interests
  • Paramedic practice education
  • Paramedic education development
  • CMI Level 7 Award in Strategic Management and Leadership Practice
  • Master of Arts in Education, Anglia Ruskin University
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Learning & Teaching (Higher Education), Anglia Ruskin University
  • Level 6 Preparation for Mentoring qualification, University Campus Suffolk
  • Registered Paramedic with the Health and Care Professions Council
  • Certificate of Higher Education in Emergency Medical Care, University of East Anglia
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Degree in Politics, The University of Hull
Memberships, editorial boards
  • Member of the College of Paramedics
  • Alternate Board Trustee for the East of England Region, College of Paramedics
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the East of England Clinical Senate
Selected recent publications

UK Contributor:
Fuchs, S., Klein, B. L., 2019. Paediatric Education for Prehospital Professionals, 3rd ed rev (Burlington: Jones & Barlett Learning).