Simon Downs

Teaching Fellow in Integrated Care (Paramedic Practice)
FdSc Paramedic Science, Specialist Paramedic (Urgent and Emergency Care), PGCert Education for Professional Practice
+44 (0)1483 684544
By Appointment. Mon-Thurs


Areas of specialism

Urgent and emergency care

University roles and responsibilities

  • Athena SWAN Action Group Member
  • Electives Tutor
  • Field Lead (Paramedic Science)

My qualifications

PGCert Education for Professional Practice
University of Surrey
Specialist Paramedic- Urgent and Emergency Care
College of Paramedics
FdSc Paramedic Science
St George's Medical School


Research interests

My teaching

My publications



This study aims to evaluate an established teaching tool for developing the Clinical Reasoning
skills of student Paramedics, ascertaining the feasibility of this as an ongoing method for enhancing
the teaching of clinical reasoning potentially alleviating the identified issues of transferring.


Utilising a qualitative approach to seek opinion and experience of the students undertaking the
learning activity to ascertain level of enjoyment, student relatability and awareness of the skills it
wished to develop. Data collected via an online survey tool was then analysed to draw theme and particular comment.


Student enjoyment and engagement was evident, the exercise permitted independence of thought
and working; promoting students to self-appraise the effectiveness of the working strategy.


The results of this case study indicate the exercise could be effective in its premise of developing
students? clinical reasoning skills. It compliments established teaching strategies, such as core
lectures, seminars and supervised practice.