Ursula is the Principal Academic in Emergency Care, Deputy Head of Department of Midwifery and Health Sciences and the Academic Lead for Practice Simulation for Faculty of Health and Social Sciences. She has previous clinical and teaching experience within the NHS and the voluntary sector in the United Kingdom and South Africa. She has specialised in urgent and emergency care work across the lifespan and continues to practice clinically within the NHS as an advanced paramedic prescriber.

Ursula has a PhD from the University of Southampton and started her academic career with a BA (Hons) in Psychology and English as well as an MPhil degree in South Africa at Stellenbosch University before moving to the UK in 2009 to take up the position of Clinical Tutor and Training Officer in South West Ambulance Service Foundation Trust. Ursula was seconded as a lecturer practitioner to the FdSc Paramedic Science degree from 2009 to 2012. She then went on to complete her BSc (Hons) in Urgent and Emergency Care in 2012 at Bournemouth University, joined Bournemouth University in 2012 full time as a lecturer and programme lead of the Paramedic Science degree. She has also led and contributed to the development of an MSc in Trauma Sciences at another institution before returning to Bournemouth University to work within the Nursing and Clinical Sciences Department.

Ursula's research interests include mental health, paramedic practice, primary care, emergency care and inter-professional education.


PhD dissertation on How paramedics manage and respond to patients experiencing mental health issues



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