Mark Odam


Senior Lecturer, Paramedic Science

Department of Paramedic Science

Contact Details

tel: 01905 542729

I joined Gloucestershire Ambulance Service in 1994 as an Ambulance Technician, and completed my paramedic training in 2000. Since then I have worked as a HEMS Paramedic for just under 3 years, and was also part of the first cohort of Emergency Care Practitioners for the Trust. I completed my BSc as part of my training, and have worked in specialist/advanced practice ever since. Before joining the University of Worcester, I was the Specialist Paramedic Operations Manager for Gloucestershire, Avon and Wiltshire, and oversaw day-to-day matters including developing policy changes and new working practices. I also helped deliver training and clinical skills updates to my staff in these areas.


BSc Pre-hospital Emergency Care

Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research

I am really interested in advanced practice - the patient assessment and associated clinical decision-making. These skills can help paramedics conduct a holistic assessment of a patient and, where appropriate, manage the patient using alternative pathways:

  • direct referral to hospital specialities (medical, surgical, paediatrics, oncology etc)
  • providing the patient with the medication at the time of assessment vis PGDs or, in the near future, through prescribing

This will not only prevent patients waiting in Accident & Emergency unnecessarily, but also provide a better patient experience.

Professional Bodies

Health Care Professions Council
College of Paramedics

External Responsibilities

Bank Specialist Paramedic for South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
Commencing PGCert in Higher Education (September 2018)
Hoping to be an Honorary Examiner for the College of Paramedic Diploma in Urgent Care qualification