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Fellow of the College of Paramedics.

Adjunct Professor in Clinical Science, Queensland University of Technology.

Chair of the College of Paramedics' Research and Development Advisory Committee.

Member of the :

  • 999 EMS Research Forum;
  • National Ambulance Research Steering Group;
  • Professoriate on the Council for Allied Health Professions Research network
  • National Ambulance Research Steering Group


Julia is a Professor and Research Lead for Paramedic Science and an Associate Dean of School (Research) in the School of Health and Social Work at the University of Hertfordshire.

She has extensive experience of undertaking research in a variety of healthcare settings as well as being involved in the development and delivery of Higher Education courses both for already qualified paramedics and, also, for students on pre-registration paramedic science programmes. She holds a PhD from King's College, London which was based on her research with people who were street homeless, looking at their experiences of health and healthcare while living on the streets.


Research interests

Paramedic research

Out-of-hospital unsecheduled urgent care

Street homelessness and health

Education for the allied health professions.

Research studies include:

  • evaluation of pre-hospital mechanical chest compression in patients who are deemed as 'unlikely to survive'; 
  • improvement of stroke recognition within ambulance services; 
  • evaluation to determine whether music improves the performance of chest compressions by lay persons
  • examination of the impact of CBRN suits on the delivery of simulated pre-hospital care; 
  • investigation into the impact of partnership working between paramedics and community nurses on category C emergency calls;
  • evaluation of the influences of Foundation Degree programmes on paramedic practice and professional development;
  • exploration of the nutritional advice and information given to patients by allied health professionals
  • exploration of the impact of street homelessness on health, illness and access to healthcare provision.


Teaching specialisms

Research in out-of-hospital unscheduled urgent care; research methods and philosophies; qualitative research in health care settings; research project supervision and teaching; sociology as applied to health care; homelessness and health; evidence based practice and clinical evaluation.

I am currently supervising two PhD students; one DHRes students; three MSc students .


External positions

Head of Clinical Evidence, NHS - South East Coast Ambulance Service


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