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- bancrofta at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
- Senior Lecturer in Paramedic Science
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I am the Programme Lead and a Senior Lecturer of Paramedic Science, in the Department of Midwifery and Health Sciences within the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences (FHSS) at Bournemouth University (BU). I lead several units and teach across others through our busy undergraduate programme, alongside lecturing in other healthcare disciplines and Personal Tutor commitments.
My professional healthcare practice started in the London Ambulance Service in 2002. I was stationed to East London after my initial clinical training, transferring into Central London, working out of Waterloo Ambulance station until 2011, progressing from a Trainee Qualified Ambulance Technician to Paramedic, through the vocational CPD and IHCD programme. I transferred to South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) working across Southwest Hampshire, moving into the area with my young family.
My educational experience was founded in the LAS, working through their clinical mentorship programme, working with vocational and university students in clinical practice... This experience supported my promotion to Clinical Mentor shortly after transferring to SCAS. CPD Opportunities for this role, sparked an interest in Emergency Preparedness Resilience and Response. This became a catalyst to restart my own development with excellent trust support including colleagues and family, I enrolled and successfully completed a Diploma in Health Emergency Planning (DipHEP). This established a professional network of inspirational professionals, that influence me to this day. This foundation enabled an enrolment into an MSc in Emergency Planning & Management at Coventry University. Creating an opportunity for an academic career.
Which has flourished to date at BU from the experience of facilitating adhoc lectures to leading units and now the whole programme. I have innovated my own educational practice, appraising dynamic challenges with fresh ideas and new multifaceted collaborations. Through completing my excellent P.G. Cert in Educational practice (PGCE) at BU expanding my professional network, who I utilise to evaluate my educational practice, to maintain and develop our student experience, through the evolution of technology in educational practice.
As an Early Career Researcher (ECR) my current endeavours involve the design of machine learning tools to interpret bigdata sets to further situational awareness across the wider health economy. Productive research outputs with the team, collectively researching elements of our Fusion practice, preparing work for conferences.
My passion is the exploration of technologies to innovate healthcare education through evaluating how they complement and evolve our programme and other disciplines across the faculty. I project managed the creation of our ambulance simulation suite in our new faculty building and continue to explore the virtual space and opportunities in the metaverse. Collaborating with colleagues to facilitate and produce exceptional simulated practice and reusable resources to establish clinical praxis. I am excited to continue this journey exploring the Fusion of professional practice, education, and research (BU2025) influencing a proactive culture, whilst enriching collaboration and engagement of the professional communities here and overseas.
BU2025. Vision, Values and Strategic Plan [online] available from: https://www.bournemouth.ac.uk/about/bu2025-vision-values-strategic-plan/our-vision Our vision: Bournemouth University; Bournemouth,more
- Reich, T., Bancroft, A. and Budka, M., 2021. EP11 Using machine learning to recover unrecorded prehospital data. Emergency Medicine Journal, 38 (9), A5-A6.
- Bancroft, A. et al., 2022. Fusion Learning Colloquium 2022 - Proceedings. Poole, UK: Bournemouth University.
- Singleton, H., Holley, D., Moran, J., Collins, E. and Rolfe, U., 2023. Child and Adolescent Mental Health Simulations filmed in 360 presented at the AHSN Virtual Reality Seminar. In: AHSN Virtual Reality Seminar 17 March 2023 online.
- Pask, S., Staples, J., Singleton, H., Moran, J., Collins, E., Bancroft, A., Holley, D., Rolfe, U. and Snowden, J., 2022. Child and Adolescent Mass Casualty Simulations Filmed in 360- Healthcare Practitioners Working Together. In: Pier Wessex 17-18 October 2022 Winchester.
- Bancroft, A., Rolfe, U., Singleton, H., Holley, D. and Moran, J., 2022. Simulation: Creating and sharing reusable learning resources with our students. In: Fusion learning, Innovation and Excellence Colloquium (FLIE), Bournemouth University 28 June 2022 Bournemouth University.
- Bancroft, A., Holley, D., Moran, J. and Rolfe, U., 2021. Exercise Martian Attack!: Using VR feedback as a reflective tool for paramedic science students. In: Moneypenny, M., Weldon, S., Hamilton, C., Buttery, A. and Aliner, G., eds. ASPiH 2021 Conference - Moving Upstream: Using simulation to improve systems 8-10 November 2021 Paper 61. International Journal of Healthcare Simulation, Volume 1 (Supplement 1), A66 online: Adi Health + Wellness.
Profile of Teaching UG
- Team Working for Service Improvement (TWSI) (L6) Unit Lead working with student led multidisciplinary teams (MDT’s). Tasked to help facilitate the unit launch to enthuse innovation and engagement in the student lead project teams. Throughout the unit I provide team guidance and mentorship as they collectively work towards their project objectives and goals. Ensuring a constructive distribution of individual workloads across the team with any academic intervention, if required. The nature of the unit framework challenges the MDTs’ professional relationships with compromise, conflict and negotiation all common place throughout the unit. All of which are great skills and experiences to develop and learn from across all healthcare disciplines. With the grand finale of watching and marking the final presentations, from the various project teams, I look to develop how the teams think about what they have to do to ensure that collectively produce interesting and innovative solutions and products.
- Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology for Paramedics (L4) Shared Unit Leadership continues the development of this amalgamated unit to ensure that our new students have a sound introduction to our programme. The latest version is to be facilitated entirely online through the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) to include further formative assessments at each stage to instil and promote independent self-learning skills to our latest cohort. The team that we lead to produce this is work is embracing new technology to promote a positive student experience, with the challenges and short comings of remote delivery. I am working to evolve the summative unit assessment to support the recognition of our students learning across the systems of this fundamental theoretical unit that is scaffolded to future units across our spiral curriculum.
- Paramedic Practice Portfolio 1 (L4) Unit Lead runs throughout the year and represents preparation work to get the students into their first placement block with the confidence to learn from the time they have with their placement educators. The unit also incorporates the clinical skills sessions that complement the student’s ability to interact with their patients’ journey under mentorship. We have started to plan, write and produce instructional films to demonstrate all the skills and equipment that we use to become a valuable resource that all of our students can refer to throughout their time in our programme. This unit has also evolved key foundations of critical reflective writing to account for their time in placement, throughout the whole degree programme and into professional practice. These pro-forma journals culminate into their first written summative assessments, and recent remote delivery has provided opportunities in a reflective essay writing workshops and virtual journal clubs where peers review journals to develop their own critical evaluation skills.
- Emergency Care Fundamentals (L4) Unit Lead is now completely structured around the principles of Team Based Learning (TBL) restructuring the unit to involve formative individual and team formative assessment, to support student learning. This unit is structured through the contributions of external expertise and input from professional practice. Pre-hospital consultants, Critical Care Paramedics and even our own Chancellor committed their time to compliment this unit delivery facilitating clinical skills, critical thinking and team communication techniques. The preparation and planning continues to explore the development of comprehensive exercise assurance framework to promote the student experience and meet ILO’s in managing acutely unwell and traumatically injured patients in our pre-hospital environments.
- John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Publisher, Book Reviewer (2022-)
- Outreach Rescue Medical Services:, External Examiner (2021-2023), https://orms247.com/courses/programmes/hazardous-environment-medicine-paramedic-hemp/
- Robert Gordon University Aberdeen, External Examiner (2020-2024)
- University of Northampton: Faculty of Health and Society, External Academic Panel member (2019-)
- Programme Lead, Paramedic Science BSc (Hons) Degree programme
- Mentor, PG Cert Educational Practice programme
Public Engagement & Outreach Activities
- Outreach Activelty - UCAS Hampshire (07 Jul 2022)
- Careers Convenction 2018 (18 Oct 2018)
- Keynote Speaker & Staff Rep: Pre-Hospital & Emergency Care Conference (BUPECC) (09 Jun 2018)
- Staff Rep: Pre-Hospital & Emergency Care Conference (BUPECC) (03 Jun 2017)
- Major Incident Roles and Responsibilities and Duties in the UK NHS Ambulance Service (02 May 2017)
- Introduction to Healthcare - Paramedic Afternoon (12 Apr 2017)
- Bancroft., A, Holley, D and Moran, J (2022) Designing learning simulations for cognitive absorption presented at Assocation for Simulated Practice in Healthcare (ASPiH) All things being equitable: Diversity, Equity and Simulation conference Birmingham UK 6-8 November, Designing learning simulations for cognitive absorption, 06 Nov 2022, ASPIH 2022: Metropol Birmingham NEC, UK
- Pask S, Staples J, Singleton H, Moran J, Collins E, Snowdon J, Bancroft A, Holley D, Rolfe U. Child and Adolescent Mass Casualty Simulations Filmed in 360- Healthcare Practitioners Working Together Pier Wessex, Winchester, 17 Oct 2022 - 18 Oct 2022. 18 Oct 2022 (Conference Paper), Child and Adolescent Mass Casualty Simulations Filmed in 360, 17 Oct 2022, Winchester, UK
- Bancroft, A., Rolfe, U.; Singleton, H., Holley, D., and Moran, J. (2022) Simulation: Creating and sharing reusable learning resources with our students, presented at the Fusion learning, Innovation and Excellence Colloquium (FLIE), Bournemouth University (28.06.2022), Simulation: Creating and sharing reusable learning resources with our students, 28 Jun 2022, BU
- Bancroft, A. 2022. A journey from April Fool to Clinical Praxis: Connecting simulated environments across multidisciplinary healthcare education [online]. CALSIM 2022: Cedars-Sinai Annual Simulation Conference. 1st April 2022. Los Angeles, CA. Available from: https://cedars.cloud-cme.com/course/courseoverview?P=5&EID=18032 [Accessed 1 April 2022], A journey from April Fool to Clinical Praxis: Connecting simulated environments across multidisciplinary healthcare education, 01 Apr 2022, Virtual - Los Angeles, California, USA
- Bancroft, A., Holley, D., Moran., J., Singleton, H and Rolfe., U (2022) 'Martian Attack, the story so far' presented to the University of Kent Pedagogy and Practice when Teaching and Learning Online webinar series (16.02.2022), 'Martian Attack, the story so far' https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.slideshare.net%2Fdebbieholley1%2Fmartian-attackthe-story-so-far%2Fsecret%2Fn1waNDeHTf9Nll&data=, 16 Feb 2022, Online: Live Feedback - This is brilliant (Aviation Policing) That was awesome guys - well done! 15 presenters and 248 in the room
- Visiting Lecture to Plymouth College of Arts (17.11.2021), The Digital Conundrum: digital health and/or wellbeing, 17 Nov 2021, Lecture @ Plymouth University of Arts
- ASPiH: Moving Up Stream-Using Simulation to Improve Systems, Bancroft, A., Rolfe., U., Holley, D. and Moran, J. (2021) Exercise Martian Attack! Using VR feedback as a reflective tool for paramedic science students presented to the ASPiH 'Moving Upstream' Conf, 08 Nov 2021, Virtual Oral Presentation - Live Q&A
- 4th International Medical Education and Informatics Conference, Bancroft, A (2021) case study 'Martian Attack!' presented as part of Holley, D. (2021) keynote ‘Tech v Trust: scaling simulation for the 21st Century, 13 Jul 2021, Online
- Augmented Reality and Learning Innovation, Bancroft, A (2021) case study on 360 video simulation in paramedic sciences presented as part of Holley, D (2021) keynote Augmented Reality and Learning Innovation EdTech World Forum 2021 24.06.2021, 26 Jun 2021, Online
- The role of simulation for authentic learning: blending theory and practice, Bancroft, A (2021) case study 'Martian Attack!' presented as part of Holley, D. (2021) keynote The role of simulation for authentic learning: blending theory and practice Edtech World Forum 2021, 25 Jun 2021, Online
- The ‘Scale up challenge’: simulation for authentic learning workshop, Bancroft, A. (2021) case study 'Martian Attack!' presented as part of Holley, D and Singleton, H (2021) The ‘Scale up challenge’: simulation for authentic learning workshop for ALT –ELESIG (26.05.2021, 25 May 2021, Online
- LD@3 national symposium, Bancroft, A. (2021) case study 360 video for student co-creation as part of Holley, D and Singleton, H Using Google cardboard to engage students LD@3 national symposium 02.03.2021, 02 Mar 2021, Online
- International short course on Scientific Writing & Publishing: Organised by Geriatrics and Long Term Care Department, Rumailah Hospital, Qatar, 01 Sep 2020
- Questionnaire Design Masterclass; Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Bournemouth University, 23 Jan 2017, n/a
- PGCE in Educational Practice (Bournemouth University, 2019)
- MSc in Emergency Planning and Management (Coventry University, 2017)
- Dip HEP in Diploma Health Emergency Planning (Loughborough University, 2014)
- Advance HE, Senior Fellow (SFHEA) (2022-),
- College of Paramedics, Member (2015-), https://www.collegeofparamedics.co.uk/
- HCPC Health & Care Professions Council, Member (2009-), http://www.hcpc-uk.co.uk/