Dr Stephen Hughes

Senior Lecturer

Faculty:Faculty of Medical Science

Areas of Expertise: Health and social care

Courses taught: Paramedic Science, Healthcare Management, Healthcare Management, Physician Associate, Surgical Care Practice

Stephen qualified from St Mary’s Hospital Medical School then trained in surgery and emergency medicine before joining the Army as a consultant, deployed on various operations.


Stephen now works half time in the NHS as a consultant in Emergency Medicine and half time teaching at Anglia Ruskin University on a number of courses.

Much of his work currently involves teaching basic science and clinical skills to students of various professional groups at undergraduate and postgraduate level in support of NHS workforce transformation. He is developing his research interests at present.

Research interests

  • Organisational Culture in the NHS
  • Non-medical providers of medical care

The development of a respiratory rate monitor is the subject of research for Stephen’s MD (res) and is driven by a perceived need to fully automate the acquisition and recording of vital signs for integration into clinical scoring systems. Respiratory rate monitors are being constructed and evaluated.

An interest in organisational culture and how it affects patient care was ignited during his studies with the NHS Leadership Academy and has founded upon more than twenty five years’ experience of observing poor communications between professionals driven by all sorts of factors, some of which may seem quite alarming.

Teaching Nurse Practitioners, Surgical Care Practitioners and Physician Associates has led to questions being raised about how more established professional groups accept these new colleagues and how organisational culture can influence this process – or otherwise.


  • Enabling Leadership – MSc Healthcare Management and MBA Healthcare Management
  • Clinical Skills – MSc Surgical Care Practitioners, MSc Physician Associates, Nurse Practitioners (Level 7)
  • Anatomy and Physiology – BSc Paramedic Sciences

Stephen believes in encouraging student engagement with learning by using a variety of teaching methods and by paying careful heed to the human attention span.


  • BSc (Hons) Physiology and Clinical Pharmacology, St Mary’s Hospital Medical School, London (1987)
  • MBBS, St Mary’s Hospital Medical School, London (1990)
  • FRCSEd, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (1994)
  • FRCEM, Royal College of Emergency Medicine (2002)
  • MSc Healthcare Leadership (with Distinction) University of Birmingham and the NHS Leadership Academy (2015)
  • PG Cert, Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Anglia Ruskin University

Media experience

Stephen has given television and radio interviews regarding the work of the accident and emergency department and accident prevention.

He also had a radio show during his time in the army. This was on 107 Garrison FM, concerned accident prevention and was called “Don’t be a Casualty”