Scheme: ARC PhD, Gold postdoc, NIHR ICA CL
Dr Gregory Whitley is a Paramedic Research Fellow for the East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust and a Lecturer in Paramedic Science at the University of Lincoln. Greg’s research interests include all areas of prehospital emergency care, with a specific interest in prehospital pain management in children and young people. After completing his National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) – East Midlands funded PhD in 2020, he undertook a postdoctoral bridging award funded by Health Education England (HEE) and the NIHR ARC East Midlands. This bridging award helped him secure a prestigious HEE/NIHR ICA Advanced Clinical and Practitioner Academic Fellowship (ACAF), making Greg the first paramedic in England to receive this award. The ACAF will fund a programme of research titled “improving Pain mAnagement for childreN and young people attendeD by Ambulance (PANDA): A realist informed intervention development and feasibility study.” The aim of this PANDA study is to explore the experiences of children and young people who have been attended by ambulance for a painful condition, along with their parents/carers and ambulance clinicians and to develop and test a new method to improve pain management. The ACAF award is planned to run from Sept 2023 to May 2027.