Richard Nicholson

Lecturer in Paramedic Science, Site Lead (Cambridge) - BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science

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

School:Allied Health

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Paramedic science

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


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) Richard gained experience crewing Double Staffed Ambulances and Rapid Response Vehicles attending all nature of 999 calls. Through qualification as a Paramedic Richard 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 & Specialist Operations. Richard 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. Richard became a Lecturer in 2017, expanding his teaching responsibilities to include theory sessions, undergraduate major project supervision, module leadership and research. Richard is the site lead for the BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science degree and also teaches on other courses including healthcare science, physician associate and nursing.

Research interests

  • Paramedic Practice Education
  • Paramedic Development



  • Master of Arts in Education, Anglia Ruskin University
  • Postgraduate 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
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Selected recent publications

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