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Bryan Lightowler

Associate Professor/Professional Lead

Faculty/Dept/School School of Allied Health Professions and Midwifery
(Faculty of Health Studies)
Telephone +441274 236741


Bryan joined West Yorkshire Metropolitan Ambulance Service (now Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) NHS Trust) in January 2001, having completed his initial Emergency Medical Technician training with Mersey Ambulance Service (now North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust). His early career was spent working at stations throughout Leeds, and by 2003 he had qualified as a Paramedic. Within two years, Bryan had secured a position as a Clinical Team Educator and soon after qualified as a Clinical Tutor and spent time at the Trust’s Training and Education Centre (Elm Bank). As part of a subsequent Trust reorganisation, Bryan secured a position as a Clinical Supervisor and spent 3 years of his career working in the Kirklees and Calderdale division. During this period, he completed a BSc Paramedic Sciences degree and also attained an MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice, which allowed him to secure a position as an Urgent Care Practitioner with Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) NHS Trust. Bryan then went on to work with Airedale Hospital NHS Foundation Trust as an Advanced Clinical Practitioner, working within the Acute Medical and Ambulatory Care Units. Bryan retains a bank contract with Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) NHS Trust and has now worked at the University of Bradford since June 2017 and is an Assistant Professor on the Paramedic Sciences programme.


Prehospital point-of-care diagnostic tests



Teaching interests

Prehospital care


Advanced Clinical Practice

Teaching highlights

Awarded Vice-Chancellors Outstanding Achievement Commendation for Teaching Excellence 2019 

Professional activities

  • 01-JAN-19: Vice-Chancellor's Outstanding Achievement Commendation for Teaching Excellence

  • Professional Lead for Paramedic Sciences
  • Line Manager

  • Academic Leadership: Professional Lead for Paramedic Sciences
  • Module Leader: Physical Assessment and Clinical Decision-Making Skills
  • Research Group Leadership: Research Lead Paramedic Science and Practice


TitleVenous blood point-of-care testing (POCT) for paramedics in urgent and emergency care: protocol for a single-site feasibility study (POCTPara) (2023)
AuthorsLightowler, B., Hodge, A., Pilbery, R., Bell, F., Best, P., Hird, K., Walker, A. and Snaith, B.
JournalBritish Paramedic Journal
PublisherThe College of Paramedics
TitleThe ambulance service advanced practitioner's role in supporting care homes: a qualitative study of care staff experiences (2021)
AuthorsHarvey, C., Froggatt, S., Lightowler, B. and Hodge, A.
JournalBritish Journal of Health Care Management
PublisherMark Allen Group
TitlePoint-of-care lactate measurement for suspected sepsis in the prehospital environment: are we missing the point at the sharp end? (2020)
AuthorsBryan Lightowler
JournalBritish Journal of Health Care Management
PublisherMark Allen Group
TitleDog bite injuries: can the old dog be taught new tricks? (2017)
AuthorsLightowler, Bryan; Pape, Hilary
JournalBritish Journal of Health Care Management
PublisherMark Allen Group

TitleJournal of Paramedic Practice (2022)
AuthorsJones, C and Lightowler, B
JournalJournal of Paramedic Practice
PublisherMA Healthcare Limited
TitleCan handheld POC capillary lactate measurement be used with arterial and venous laboratory testing methods in the identification of sepsis? (2016)
AuthorsLightowler B. and Hoswell A.
JournalJournal of Paramedic Practice
PublisherMark Allen Group

Publication NameAHE Conference (2022)
AuthorsGemma Quinn, John Baxter, Gladson Chikwa, Helen Cook, Bryan Lightowler, Sandra Martin, Sarah Partington, Patricia Peebles, Tom Robshaw,Claire Sutton and Simon Tweddell