Nicola Hedges

Nicola Hedges

Lecturer in Paramedic Practice

School of Sport and Health Sciences

Greenbank Building, GR211

+44 (0) 1772 89 3642

Subject Areas: Health

Nicola began her career with North West Ambulance Service in 2008 as an emergency medical technician, before being seconded to UCLan in 2010 to complete her DipHE in Paramedic Practice. She became registered with the HCPC in 2011 and later trained as a clinical paramedic mentor, before joining the paramedic team at UCLan in March 2016. Although now a full-time lecturer in paramedic practice, Nicola still undertakes regular frontline emergency work with North West Ambulance Service.

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At eighteen, Nicola attended the University of Liverpool, achieving a first class honours degree in biochemistry, before joining North West Ambulance Service in 2008 as an emergency medical technician. In 2010, she was successful in gaining a place on the DipHE paramedic practice programme at UCLan, leaving with a distinction grading to register with the HCPC in September 2011. In 2012, she returned to UCLan to complete her clinical mentorship training. During her career, Nicola worked as a frontline paramedic and paramedic mentor across Fylde, South Lancashire and North Merseyside areas, before joining the urgent care team as a Specialist Paramedic Practitioner. She is now a full-time member of the paramedic lecturing team here at UCLan, with module leadership responsibilities.

Nicola holds ‘Qualified Teacher Status’, but is currently working towards a Postgraduate Certificate of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (PGCert LT in HE); the completion of which will result in her being appointed as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. In addition, Nicola is also working towards achieving an MSc in Enhanced Paramedic Practice, with an estimated completion date in 2018.


  • Certificate in Preparation of Mentors, University of Central Lancashire, 2012
  • DipHE Paramedic Practice - Distinction, University of Central Lancashire, 2011
  • BSc (Hons.) Biochemistry – 1st Class, University of Liverpool, 2008
Membership of Professional and Learned Bodies

  • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • College of Paramedics

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

Module Leader (2016-2017):

  • NU1023: Anatomy and Physiology Applied to Paramedic Practice
  • NU1024: Applying Skills to the Out-of-Hospital Setting
  • NU3075: Pathophysiology Applied to Practice


Scholes, S., & Hedges, N. (2009). COPD: An overview of pre-hospital care. Journal of Paramedic Practice, 1(15), 614-621.