In his current role Ash works part time as a Lecturer at the University and part time as an Experienced Paramedic with the local South East Coast Ambulance Service.
He has an extensive background in clinical healthcare and medical sciences. Ash graduated with a BSc (Hons) degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of the West of England in 2009. Following this degree, he pursued a more clinical role and joined the Physiotherapy team at Bristol Royal Infirmary. In the role of Physiotherapy Technical Instructor, he completed multiple clinical rotations throughout the hospital which included Respiratory Medicine, Cardiac Intensive Care, Elderly Care, Trauma and Orthopaedics, Chronic Pain Clinics, Musculoskeletal Outpatients, Amputee's and Neurology. After a planned change in career Ash returned to university in 2013 to study a BSc (Hons) in Paramedic Science at the University of Surrey. He graduated with a first-class honours degree in 2016 and has since been employed by South East Coast Ambulance Service.
Since qualifying Ash has continued to develop clinical excellence both in and outside of the ambulance service. He has worked as an Expedition Paramedic and twice travelled to the Amazon rainforest to provide medical support to one of the toughest ultra-marathons on the planet. In 2020 he successfully passed the Diploma in Immediate Medical Care from the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh; this is a post graduate qualification that tests all aspects of per hospital care to the highest levels. In his role at the University, he has completed a PGCert in Education for Health Professionals which ensures learners receive the very best learning environment.
Ash has been actively involved in the research culture at the university. In 2021 and 2022 he has sat on two research advisory groups for the studies ‘Care Under Pressure 2’ and the ‘SEE-IT’ trial. Both which focus on improvements to clinicians and patients within prehospital care.
In early 2023 he will be undertaking a secondment with the Kent Surrey Sussex Air Ambulance charity as a HEMS Paramedic.
The Diploma in Immediate Care of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh is increasingly recognised as a gold standard for immediate care practitioners, including doctors with a significant involvement in prehospital care, paramedics who wish to enhance their knowledge base or obtain the Diploma as an entry requirement for a post registration degree, and for nurses who have a recognised and developing role in the evolving emergency medical services.
Ash teaches across the health science programmes but has a main focus in the Paramedic Science programme. He has a clinical focus in critical care, ECGs, non technical skills relating to performance under pressure and cognitive biases within decision making. He also heads up a team responsible for developing undergraduate clinical anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology teaching at the school.
Outside of the University Ash holds both a Pre Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) and Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS) instructor post with NAEMT in conjunction with the College of Paramedics.