Mark Garratt

Job Title and Responsibilities

Senior Lecturer in Paramedic Science:

  • Award leader for BSc(Hons) Paramedic Science

  • Award leader for FdSc Paramedic Science (Professional Pathway) 

  • Member of the West Midlands Ambulance Service HEI Consortium and quarterly contract review group 

  • Provision of leadership for Paramedic Science curriculum including: recruitment; marketing; and Award development

About Me

I became a Senior Lecturer in Paramedic Sciences at Staffordshire University in June 2013. In this capacity my responsibilities include the delivery of all aspects of undergraduate and post graduate education, with specific focus on the development and delivery of Paramedic programmes. I liaise with senior learning and development representatives from West Midlands Ambulance Service, regularly attending HEI Consortium, Working Group, and Commissioning meetings. I am also a member of the Staffordshire University Faculty of Health Sciences centre of Excellence steering group. I have also co-written the WMAS Mentor Framework, which has been adopted as the blueprint for the provision of mentorship across the West Midlands region. 

As the only Senior Lecturer within our teaching team, my role incorporates the provision of support, mentorship and advice to other members of the paramedic teaching team.

Qualifications

  • Professional Doctorate in Education EdD (currently studying)

  • MSc E-learning (Digital Education): passed with distinction

  • PGCHE Post Graduate Certificate of Higher Education

  • BSc(Hons) Autonomous Emergency Care 2:1

     

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Health and Care Professions Council: Registered Paramedic

  • HEA academy member

Expertise

I am a qualified and registered paramedic with considerable emergency pre-hospital experience. I was also one of the very first Emergency Care Practitioners in the country and have experience of functioning at this level in both the pre-hospital and out-of-hours environment.
In 2007 I became the sole Paramedic Clinical Skills Instructor at Coventry University, before becoming a Senior Lecturer in Paramedic Science in 2009. In this capacity I contributed to the theoretical and practical education of paramedic, nursing and midwifery students across the full range of programmes.

Enterprise and Commercial Activities

Whilst at Staffordshire University I have overseen the purchasing, renovation and maintenance of our very own ambulance (including the creation of an appropriate business plan and the breakdown of the required on-going costs). This has included appropriate branding and publicity, which commenced with my arrangement of the paramedic teaching team’s very own promotional stand at the Ambulex exhibition at the Ricoh arena.

I am involved with the recruitment and promotional lectures at the ‘Higher Horizons’ events and at Stoke 6th Form College. I have also overhauled our own Paramedic Science recruitment and Open Day processes. This includes: the purchasing of our own promotional banner; clinical skills displays put on by our students for the public; a new presentation structure for our promotional talk; and the creation of a montage of images taken of our students whilst in class and whilst utilising their clinical skills. In addition, I have responsibility for what is included on our paramedic science webpages, and within the course brochures.

In 2016 I also oversaw our contribution to the Staffordshire Police Open Day, which enabled myself and a group of students to showcase our paramedic science programmes – culminating with a casualty extrication arena display.

Research Interests

As part of my professional doctorate, I intend to explore the following:

‘How are paramedic student notions of ‘self-identity’ formed/negotiated as part of the ‘enculturation’ process within professional clinical practice?’

This follows a personal interest which was sparked during my MSc Studies with the University of Edinburgh. It will potentially incorporate; an exploration of ‘communities of practice’, conceptions of ‘group-affiliation’, ‘community’ and ‘social identity’

Selected Publications

  • Garratt, M. (2014) Face-to-face versus remote synchronous instruction for the teaching of single-interrupted suturing to a group of undergraduate paramedic students: a randomised controlled trial. Innovative Practice in Higher Education. 2(1)

  • Garratt, M. (2012) Wound ballistics: exploring the reality of penetrating projectile injury. Journal of Paramedic Practice. 4(4) 201-206

  • Garratt, M. (2009) Bringing the Ambulance into the classroom. Journal of Paramedic Practice. 1(10) 411-412

  • Garratt, M. (2009) Traumatic amputation and limb preservation. Journal of Paramedic Practice. 1(10) 486-492

  • Garratt, M. (2009) Spotlight on Research. Journal of Paramedic Practice. 1(10)

Current Teaching

I am the Award Leader for both the BSc(Hons) Paramedic Science, and the FdSc Paramedic Science (professional pathway). I am also the module leader (and have significant teaching responsibilities) for the following modules:

  • PARA40011 Communication and Professional Issues for Paramedic Practice

  • PARA50051 Evidence Based Practice – Paramedic Science

  • PARA60020 Assessment and Management of Trauma in the Pre-Hospital Environment

Contact

Mark Garratt
Senior Lecturer - Paramedic Sciences
School of Social Work, Allied & Public Health
Faculty of Health Sciences
Staffordshire University
Blackheath Lane
Stafford
ST18 0AD
t: 01785 353472
e: Mark.garratt@staffs.ac.uk
twitter: @MarkJohnGarratt