Miss Katie Pavoni


I am a registered Paramedic, senior lecturer and course director for the BSc in Paramedic Science, one of the largest undergraduate programmes at St George's, University of London. I also lead two modules; mental health at level 5, and admission avoidance at level 6 and am a senior fellow of the higher education academy (SFHEA). 

I am also the pastoral care lead for the department of paramedics and am committed to ensuring our future clinicians' emotional resilience and preparedness for practice. In this role I provide tailored support to students, and launched the first ‘Student Paramedic Blue Light Champion' scheme in the country which sees the provision of peer support within the paramedic programme. I am now a national emergency services wellbeing lead for Mind and a member of St George's welfare group.  

My special areas of interest include; mental health, student wellbeing, end of life care, dementia and safeguarding. I have an MSc Advanced Practice (Mental Health), and am undertaking my PhD in Health & Social Care Research: Mental Health

I am passionate about challenging stigma and improving mental health support to patients and practitioners, and in particular for student paramedics.

In my clinical work I am a Paramedic Mental Health Practitioner for South East Coast Ambulance Service.

I am the co-academic lead for the College of Paramedics (CoP) Future Workforce Mental Health Project, and co-wellbeing lead for HEE's Paramedic Foundation Preceptorship Programme. I am also a member of the CoP Mental Health & Wellbeing Steering Group.

I also work with the British Red Cross and have designed national and international education and have previously managed a national team of paramedics. I have also been the National Lead Safeguarding Officer for Samaritans leading a national multidisciplinary team of practitioners across the UK. 

Academic responsibilities

Course Director / Senior Lecturer in Pre-Hospital Care / Pastoral Lead


  • MSc Advanced Practice (Mental Health)
  • Paramedic Science (FdSc)
  • Drama, Applied Theatre & Education (BA Hons)
  • HCPC Paramedic
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
  • PhD Health & Social Care Research: Mental Health (in progress)

Teaching and learning

As the course director for the largest undergraduate programme within the Centre for Allied Health I lead the continual development and evolution of our paramedic science curriculum which reflects the external evidence-based landscape alongside statutory and regulatory frameworks. I am extremely passionate about delivering teaching excellence for students undertaking our programme and ensuring the confidence, compassion and skills of our healthcare professionals of the future. Throughout COVID-19 I have been responsible for the leadership and adaptation of the BSc Paramedic Science for online delivery and have ensured an innovative and creative approach to pedagogical methodology. 

I believe that in creating a culture of compassion between students and staff at programme and university level enhances the quality of care that service users receive and the longevity and psychological safety of practice of our clinicians of the future. I am one of the only designated pastoral leads for paramedic students in the UK. 

I currently teach across pre and post graduate programmes within the faculty and am the module lead for: 

  • Assessment & Management of Mental Health in the Out of Hospital Setting (30 credits, Level 5) 
  • Paramedic Approach & Management of Admissions Avoidance (30 credits, Level 6) 

I am also passionate about the spheres of inter-professional working and service user involvement to enhance our educational offer and community resilience. 

I have initiated the first 'student paramedic blue light champion' scheme which looks to promote a culture of peer support and mental health advocacy amongst our student paramedics, along with promoting resilience and preparedness for practice.

Qualifications and expertise

  • BA Drama, Applied Theatre & Education
  • Mental Health & Wellbeing
  • End of Life Care
  • Dementia
  • Safeguarding
  • Admission Avoidance
  • Paramedic education

Postgraduate courses taught


  • Editorial Board Member of the International Journal of First Aid Education
  • Member of the SGUL & KU Psychological Cognitive Research Group
  • Member of the Joint Faculty Dementia Steering group
  • Associate member of the International Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council
  • PhD Health and Social Care Research University of Lincoln (in progress)

Qualifications and expertise

  • Editorial Board Member of the International Journal of First Aid Education

Areas of specialism

  • Mental Health & Wellbeing
  • Student Wellbeing
  • Simulated learning

Scholarly affiliations

  • Editorial board member of the 'International Journal of First Aid Education'
  • Member of the SGUL & KU Psychological Cognitive Research Group
  • Member of the SGUL/KU Dementia Steering Group


Number of items: 8.


Pavoni, Katie, Bayley, Matt and Strapelli, Nadia (2019) 'Fostering compassionate communities' : St George's student paramedic Blue Light champion scheme. Paramedic Insight, 5(3), p. 11.

Harper, L., Pavoni, K., Garvey, J., Ehigiamusoe, S., Egels, S. and Bowman, E. (2019) Reflections on an inter-professional simulation event for paramedic science and learning disability nursing students. Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice, 15, pp. 5-8. ISSN (print) 2405-4526

Conference or Workshop Item

Neveu, Caroline and Pavoni, Katie (2019) ‘Mind the gap’ : avoiding ‘training scars’ in paramedic undergraduate education to promote preparedness for and resilience in clinical practice. In: ASPiH 2019 : 10th Annual ASPiH Conference; 04-06 Nov 2019, Belfast, U.K..

Pavoni, Katie, Harper, Lynette and Neveu, Caroline (2018) Working together to learn together : a high fidelity interprofessional simulation between student paramedics and student learning disability nurses. In: Association For Simulated Practice In Healthcare : 9th Annual Conference : Maximising impact; 13-15 Nov 2018, Southport, U.K..

Neveu, Caroline and Pavoni, Katie (2018) The use of tiered fidelity in paramedic education. In: Association for Simulated Practice In Healthcare : 9th Annual Conference : Maximising Impact; 13-15 Nov 2018, Southport, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Harper, Lynette, Pavoni, Katie, Ehigiamusoe, Semi, Garvey, James, Bowman, Eilish and Egels, Sylvia (2018) Reflections on design and impact of an inter-professional simulation event for paramedic science and learning disability nursing students. In: Festival of Learning (KUFoL18) : Supporting Student Success through Excellence in Learning and Teaching; 27 Jun 2018, Kingston, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Pavoni, Katie and Story, Diane (2018) No health without mental health : using high fidelity simulation and virtual reality to promote emotional resilience and emotional intelligence in student paramedics. In: International First Aid Education Conference 2018; 22-25 Apr 2018, Niagara Falls, Canada. (Unpublished)

Pavoni, Katie and Williamson, Andrew (2017) Simulation for mental health (actors). In: ASPiH Conference : Do We Need Standards for Paramedic Simulation?; 06 Nov 2017, Telford, U.K.. (Unpublished)

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Business, knowledge transfer and international

  • Co-authorship International First Aid, Resuscitation and Education Guidelines (IFRC 2020) – participation in global pre-hospital education and clinical steering groups. 
  • Editorial Board Member of the International Journal of First Aid Education  

Qualifications and PROFESSIONAL expertise

  • MSc Advanced Practice (Mental Health)
  • Mental Health Practitioner
  • HCPC Paramedic
  • PhD Health & Social Care Research: Mental Health (in progress)

Areas of interest

  • Mental Health & Wellbeing
  • Safeguarding
  • Dementia
  • End of Life Care
  • Paramedic Education

Industry links

  • Member of the British Red Cross
  • Wellbeing Lead for Mind Charity

Professional practice, knowledge exchange and impact

I hold an MSc in Advanced Practice (Mental Health) and will soon be working towards doctoral level study in this domain. Furthermore, I work clinically as a Mental Health (Paramedic) Practitioner for South East Coast Ambulance Service and am one of the only paramedics in the UK to be working clinically in a mental health specialist practice role. 

With this experience I am able to ensure that the quality and currency of our education for pre and post-registrant paramedics. Furthermore, the quality of education is able to influence graduate opportunity and diversity practice employment opportunities. 

I am also leading the standardisation of pastoral care and peer support models for undergraduate students and have shared this knowledge both to other HEIs and across our own faculties at KU/SGUL. My knowledge and expertise in mental health and wellbeing has resulted in me playing a substantial role within the support initiatives offered within our university communities both at departmental and a wider institutional level. 

Having been the national lead safeguarding officer for Samaritans I have also undertaken regular continual professional development and interagency knowledge transfer. 

I work closely with NGO organisations at national and international level and have formed partnerships which include MIND, Samaritans, Alzheimer's UK and the Metropolitan Police and have enhanced efficacy of our knowledge exchange and KU/SGUL positioning. 

As a national paramedic for the British Red Cross I have also attended regular training and governance groups. I have also travelled internationally to Montreal and Toronto to collaborate with the Scientific Advisory Group, an international panel of clinicians who set the evidence-based guidelines for international pre-hospital care within the movement of the Red Cross. I have also co-authored the International Psychological First Aid Guidelines on behalf of the International Federation of the Red Cross which will be used by first responders/emergency personnel and the training of public audiences across the globe. 

Qualifications and expertise

  • Advanced Practice MSc (Mental Health)
  • Mental Health Practitioner. This is a unique role working amongst predominantly mental health nurses.

Professional and scholarly affiliations

  • Member of the College of Paramedics Mental Health & Wellbeing Steering Group
  • HCPC Paramedic
  • Academic Lead for 'Future Workforce Mental Health Project' - College of Paramedics
  • Mental Health & Wellbeing Lead Advisor for 'National Mental Health Education Transformation Project' - Health Education England
  • Expert editor and co-author: MindEd: (Consortium - Royal College of Psychiatrists/ Heath Education England)

Leadership and management

  • Course director BSc Paramedic Science
  • Pastoral Lead for Department of Paramedics 
  • Member of St George's University Welfare Group 

University responsibilities

  • Course Director - BSc Paramedic Science
  • Department of Paramedics Pastoral Lead
  • Mental Health Module Lead
  • Paramedic Approach & Management of Hospital Avoidance Lead

Public and CIVIC roles

  • Member of the College of Paramedics Mental Health & Wellbeing Steering Group
  • Wellbeing lead for Mind Charity
  • National Lead Safeguarding Officer for Samaritans (2017-2020)
  • Healthcare Professionals Manager (British Red Cross)
  • Academic Lead - College of Paramedics/Health Education England

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