Mr Barry Matthews

Mr Barry Matthews MSc, PGCTHE, BSc (Hons), DipHE,

Quality Lead – Practice Based Learning

Barry Matthews joined the School of Health Sciences in 2022 as the Quality Lead for Practice Based Learning. Barry was a Paramedic with the North West Ambulance Service before moving into Higher Education as a Lecturer in Paramedic Practice with Edge Hill University in 2016. Then later taking on the role of Programme Lead for Paramedic Science at the University of Gloucestershire.

He completed his BSc (Hons) in Genetics and Biochemistry (University of Wales, Aberystwyth), then joining the Ambulance service as an Ambulance Technician and later completing a DipHE in Paramedic Science (LJMU) and registering with the HCPC. Due to an interest in conservation, sustainability and quantitative research he then completed an MSc in Conservation Biology (MMU) and later a PGCert in Teaching in Higher Education (Edge Hill University). More recently, Barry is completing his Professional Doctorate in Education with the working title of Digital Literacy in Health Academics.

As Quality Lead for Practice Based Learning Barry is responsible for oversight of practice placement concerns, quality assurance, evaluation and audit within the school. Barry works with the PSRB and programme leads, as well as education leads in practice, to ensure that PSRB and programme requirements are met.


Current External Examiner:

  • University of Bedfordshire, BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science


  • Member of the College of Paramedics (MCPara)
  • Liaison for the College of Paramedics
  • Advanced HE Fellow (FHEA)
  • HCPC Registered Paramedic


Professional affiliations/associations:

MCPara, FHEA, HCPC Paramedic

Research / Scholarly interests

Barry is interested in Digital Literacy within health education. His current scheme of research is concerning the digital literacy of health academics in England; both the current levels and ways to improve.