Mr Marc Thomas

Mr Marc Thomas

Senior Lecturer in Paramedic Science, Paramedic Science

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792

Email address

Welsh language proficiency

Basic Welsh Speaker

About

Marc Gildas Thomas is a Senior Lecturer within the Paramedic Science academic team and programme director for DipHE Paramedic Science for Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT). He is an Advanced Paramedic Practitioner (APP) holding an MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice with extensive experience working as part of multidisciplinary teams within emergency, pre-hospital, unscheduled and primary care environments as a paramedic, APP and a Non-Medical Independent Prescriber (NMIP). In 2019, Marc became one of the first UK paramedics to qualify as a NMIP being one of the first five APPs in Wales to achieve this. In addition to working for many years within the Emergency Medical Service as an EMT and paramedic, Marc has also worked within the Acute Clinical Team (ACT); a community-based multidisciplinary team providing holistic care to people within their own homes preventing unnecessary hospital admissions. Prior to commencing his role as Senior Lecturer in Swansea University, Marc worked full time within Primary Care, leading the way for other paramedics to enter into this challenging and rewarding area of healthcare. Marc has provided supervision and mentorship to paramedic, trainee APP, nursing, medical and physician associate students, including healthcare staff from multiple disciplines. Marc has developed a keen interest around the role of paramedics within primary care and is currently working towards a professional doctorate within Swansea University Medical School exploring the role and educational requirements of paramedics within primary care.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Paramedicine
  • Pre-hospital emergency and unscheduled care
  • Primary care
  • Paramedic non-medical prescribing

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

Innovation to develop practice

Synchronous and asynchronous teaching methods

Online delivery to support & enhance students learning and development

Interest in use of cognitive load theory as part of teaching strategy to maximise learning

Research

‘EXPLORING THE ROLE AND EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS OF PARAMEDICS WITHIN PRIMARY CARE: A QUALITATIVE APPROACH’

- Planned qualitative study to review the research evidence on the effectiveness of paramedics in primary care, establishing whether paramedics feel they are equipped with the right skills and knowledge and whether patients are happy to be treated by a paramedic within primary care. This study will also explore stakeholder perceptions of whether paramedics can be effective in primary care.

- Depending on the results of this study, recommendations for the development of a common curriculum for paramedics entering into primary care could be made, including guidance for further standardisation of the primary care paramedic role providing greater uniformity, establishing whether paramedics with appropriate training are able to successfully evolve to become an integral part of primary care multidisciplinary teams in the future, with the possibility of providing recommendations of how this could be achieved.