John Horton

Senior Lecturer

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care

School:Allied Health

Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Paramedic science

John has expertise in pre-hospital emergency care, with particular focus on vehicle extrication, human factors affecting performance and hostile environment control and management. At ARU he's a senior lecturer in paramedic science.


Originally trained as an Operating Department Practitioner (ODP), John became one of the first NHS Hospital Trust Resuscitation Training Officers, training all grades of hospital staff in resuscitation skills appropriate to their role. His interest in prehospital care then led him to develop his clinical skills to manage situations in urban and remote environments delivering care in as diverse settings as Qua Zulu Natal, South Africa, Shenandoah National Park, Washington State and Goa.

He has also provided basic first aid survival training for national and international media teams (BBC, NBC, Fox TV) and teaches for The British Association of Immediate Care (BASICS), delivering advanced clinical training to civilian and healthcare practitioners in the UK and abroad; John is a Senior Examiner for The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh for The Diploma of Immediate Medical Care (Dip.IMC)

Research interests

  • Pre-hospital care
  • Paramedic science



  • Masters Medical Education, University of Bedfordshire
  • Bachelors Post Compulsory Education, Anglia Ruskin University
  • Diploma Immediate Medical Care, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
  • Certificate Remote & Offshore Medicine, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
  • Certificate Paramedic Science, University of Hertfordshire

Memberships, editorial boards

Selected recent publications

Horton, J. Ch 16: Cardiac Emergencies in Trauma in O’Shea, R. 2005 Principles of Trauma Nursing Care. Elsevier

Horton, J. Medical Emergencies in Dentistry. British Dental Association Conference, NEC Birmingham. April 2013