Claire Griffin

Lecturer

School of Health, Science and Wellbeing

I am currently a paramedic lecturer at Staffordshire university. I have a background in the ambulance service within the East Midlands area starting in 2000. I have worked within the emergency operations centre as an ambulance dispatcher before moving to front line operations and becoming a paramedic. My interest had always been in education and my role developed to become a clinical tutor within the ambulance service. I started my HEI teaching at Wolverhampton university before moving to Staffordshire.

During my career I developed a particular area of interest within mental health and wellbeing. I wanted to be able to support not only my patients but also my colleagues who were working within such a stressful and often traumatic role. I developed my interest in this area by completing a masters degree and qualifying as an integrative counsellor and psychotherapist. This has enhanced my knowledge and skills and has informed my clinical practice as well as my teaching role.

I look towards building in self-care and resilience training to allied health careers to better prepare students going into these careers with more awareness and coping strategies.

Professional memberships and activities

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Registered with the HCPC as a Paramedic
  • Member of the College of Paramedics
  • Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

Academic qualifications

  • MSc Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy, Derby University
  • PGCE Higher Education and Professional Practice, Wolverhampton University
  • FdSc Professional Practice in Pre-hospital Care, Northampton University

Expertise

  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Research and service development in paramedic practice
  • Communication and Professionalism

Research interests

Stress and coping strategies amongst paramedics, an integrative perspective

Top 15 for Teaching Quality

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

6th for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022

Midlands University of the Year

Midlands Business Awards 2020