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Ms Ursula Ilse Rolfe MPhil, BSc Hons, BA Hons

Programme Lead MSc Trauma Sciences, Specialist Paramedic,PhD student

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Ursula Rolfe is the Programme Lead for the MSc Trauma Sciences in Health Sciences at the University of Southampton.

I am passionate about paramedic workforce education and research.


I am passionate about paramedicine, education and research.

My focus over the last six months, as the appointed academic and programme lead of the MSc in Trauma Sciences has been to help develop and launch this dynamic and innovative degree starting in September 2016. This unique and inter-professional Master’s level degree offers registered clinicians in the trauma arena an opportunity to follow the trauma patient’s journey from pre-hospital care to acute rehabilitation. It is being offered in collaboration with the University of Southampton and University Hospital Southampton Foundation Trust. The aim of the programme is to further improve the health and wellbeing outcomes for patients who sustain major trauma.

Before joining the University of Southampton, my focus was paramedic education and the profession’s development. During the past six years, I was heavily involved in the educating paramedics at Foundation and BSc degree level at Bournemouth University and led the degree programme there from since 2012. In addition, I still practice as a Specialist Paramedic Practitioner.

I originally came to the UK in 2009 after working in both private and government emergency services in Cape Town, South Africa.


On a national level, I sit on the Governing Council of the College of Paramedics and have a specific interest in developing master’s level paramedics and encouraging post-graduate paramedic-specific research.

Currently I am completing fieldwork for PhD, which is focused on how paramedics manage patients with mental health issues.

Qualifications: MPhil, BSc Hons (urgent and emergency care), BA Hons, Governing Council Member (South Central Region) for College of Paramedics, Mental Health Lead, College of Paramedics, external examiner BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science, Hertfordshire University





Research interests

Phd primary research about how paramedics manage patients with mental health issues: an ethnographic study

PhD supervisors: Prof Catherine Pope, Prof Robert Crouch, Associate Prof Chris Bailey

Research group

Health Work

  • Member on the NHS England Patient Safety Expert Groups – Mental Health
  • College of Paramedics Education Advisory Committee member
  • External Examiner for Paramedic Science (Hertfordshire University)
  • Governing Council Member, South Central Region (College of Paramedics)
  • Continuing with a PhD in Paramedic Practice (Year 3)
  • BSc Honours degree in Urgent and Emergency Care
  • Director and Chair of COPLE (part of the business arm of CoP and NAEMT)
  • Member of the national FHEPS group (Forum for Higher Education in Paramedic Science)
  • Contributing Author in Emergency Care in the Streets 7th Edition by Nancy Caroline
  • Medico-legal report writing
  • ACLS , PALS, MIMMS, ATACC and Clinical Supervisor qualifications
  • HCPC registered Paramedic


  • Programme lead MSc Trauma Sciences
  • Teaching on ITU course
  • External teaching on paramedic science degree programmes
  • Bank Learning & Development Officer, South Western Ambulance Service NHS Trust




Ms Ursula Ilse Rolfe
Faculty of Health Sciences Student Office University of Southampton Highfield Southampton SO17 1BJ

Room Number:45/2002

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