Paul Silverston

Visiting Professor in Clinical Assessment & Minor Illness Teaching

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education

Department:School of Nursing & Midwifery

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Nursing and midwifery , Health and wellbeing

Paul is a trained GP who has taught, and developed courses for, doctors, nurses and paramedics at several universities. His main area of interest is minor illness consulting. His main area of interest is in teaching safe consulting and minor illness consulting.


After leaving school, Paul was awarded a BA Jt (Hons) degree in European History, Thought & Literature at ARU, before moving to San Francisco and becoming a Mobile Intensive Care Paramedic. He then attended medical school in Bristol and GP training in Cambridge, before working as a GP and volunteer road accident rescue doctor in Newmarket. 

Paul has been a Recognised Clinical Teacher and GP Tutor at a number of different medical schools. He's a Visiting Professor at Anglia Ruskin University, a Principal Fellow of The Higher Education Academy – and still passionate about teaching after 35 years!


Paul teaches Advanced Clinical Assessment Skills and is the module leader for the Minor Illness module.


  • BA Jt Hons in European History, Thought & Literature, Anglia Ruskin University
  • Mobile Intensive Care Paramedic, San Francisco
  • MBChB, Bristol
  • JCGPT (UK)
  • PHTLS Instructor
  • Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for Services to Immediate Care

Selected recent publications

The BMJ:
1984: 288; 690-692. At the Roadside: Assessment of Activities of a General Practitioner Accident Service.
1989: 298; 711-713. Pulse Oximetry at the Roadside: A Study of Pulse Oximetry in Immediate Care.

The Student BMJ:
2012;20:e7791. Teaching Safe Consulting.
2014: 22; g1674  Diagnosis Uncertain.

BMJ Clinical Evidence:
2015: Head lice. Clinical Evidence 2015; 01:1703.

British Journal of Accident Surgery:
1979: 11.2; 90-96. Roadside Medical Care in Cambridgeshire.
1979: 11.2: 96-99. Roadside Care & Rescue American Style.
1979: 11.2; 99-101. Development of an EMS System: The Israeli example.
1983: 15.1; 13-17. A Decade at the Roadside.

Care of The Critically Ill:
1985: 1.4; 9-13. Doctors at the Roadside: The General Practitioner Accident Service.

The Physician:
1985: 461-463 & 500-502. The Role of the Doctor at the Roadside (Parts I&II).

American Journal of Emergency Medicine:
1985: 3.6; 561-564. Physicians at the Roadside: Pre-Hospital Emergency Care in the UK.

Emergency Medical Services Journal (USA):
1979: 12.3. EMS in Rural England.
1991. On the Road with Pulse Oximetry

The Red Shield Journal (Israeli):
1979. MDA’s Place in International Emergency Medicine.

The Nursing Mirror:
1980. Emergency Medical Care: A Decade on the Road.
1981. Cambridge Medical Answering Service: A Medical Communications System

Current Practice: 
1983. How Lives Can be Saved by Immediate Care.
1983. Car Equipment for Immediate Care
1983. Prognosis in Pre-Hospital Care Arrest.

Paramedic UK:
1983. 1.2. Motorcycle Trauma Part I
1984. 1.3. Motorcycle Trauma Part II
1984. 1.4. The Anti-Shock Suit: An Update.
1985. 1.7. Drugs Used in Cardiac Arrest.
1985. 1.8. The Role of the Paramedic at a Mass Casualty Incident

The Ambulance Journal:
1979. 7.2. Paramedics in the USA.
1980. 8.2. The Oesophageal Obturator: A Front-Line Airway?
1980. 8.7. The MAST Suit
1980. 8.9. San Francisco’s EMS
1981. 9.1. Traction Splinting
1982. 10.4. Training Manual for Oesophageal Obturating Airways
1982. 10.4. Motorcycle Accidents in Cambridgeshire: A Comparison

Ambulance UK:
2013. 28.1. Reducing risk, improving safety: The Safe Consultation
2013. 28.3. Reducing risk, improving safety: Safe Clinical Assessment
2014. 29.3  Reducing risk, improving safety: Safe Management Plans

The British Association for Immediate Care Journal:
1978. 1.3. Roadside Care in America
1979. 2.2. Israeli EMS
1980. 3.2. Conclusions from Paramedic Experience in the USA (paper delivered at 1979 International Congress on Immediate Care)
1981. 4.4. New Equipment in Emergency Medicine (Paper subsequently delivered at 1982 International Congress on Immediate Care)
1984. 7.2. Warming Cold IV Fluids at the Roadside.
1989. 12.2. Pulse Oximetry in Immediate Care.
1993. 16.1. Warming Cold IV Fluids at the Roadside: An Update.

Journal of Education for Primary Care:
2012; 23:6 Using a Model of Illness for Teaching in Primary Care.
2013; 24:2 Using a Model of Consultation for Teaching in Primary Care. 
2013; 24:3 Consultation Skills Teaching in Primary Care.

Nurse Education Today:
2013. April. The Safe Clinical Assessment: The Patient Safety Focused Approach to Clinical Assessment

Journal of Primary Health Care:
2014. January. The Importance of Teaching Risk Assessment and Safety-Netting Skills in Primary Care.

Nurse Prescribing:
2014. April.  The Relationship Between Clinical Assessment and Prescribing in Minor Illness
2014. July. Effective Safety-Netting in Prescribing Practice