Zach North

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • School of Paramedical PeriOperative and Advanced Practice


  • BSc (University of Hull)
  • MSc (University of Hull)


I started my studies at the University of Hull in 2006 as a student Operating Department Practitioner, since then I have held leadership positions within the NHS and practiced as a Peri-Operative Practitioner since 2008 within Urgent and Elective Surgery, specialising in Anaesthetics. Although I have experience of all surgical specialties that the Hull and East Yorkshire Trust offers my main interest lies in Shared Airway, Cardiothoracic, Trauma and Orthopaedics.

More recently I have completed my MSc in Advanced Practice and was one of the first Operating Department Practitioners in England to undertake training as an Advanced Clinical Practitioner where I was responsible for the pre and post surgical care of Trauma and Orthopaedic patients.

As a Lecturer for the University of Hull I teach and supervise the MSc Advanced Practice program that prepares clinicians in both Primary and Secondary care for clinical work at an advanced level. I am the module lead for an Advanced Decision making module which explores current cognitive theories, ethics, legalities and human factors including cognitive biases in medical decision making. This role not only involves curriculum design but also involves supervision, first and second marking duties and student supervision. As such I am well versed in providing guidance, critique but also constructive feedback for students to enable them to achieve their goals and academic potential.

I teach, supervise and mark on a Clinical Examination (Theory) and Clinical Examination (Practical) module which includes teaching anatomy and physiology as well as the principles of clinical examination. These modules explore the theory and practical aspects when examining the Cardio, Respiratory, Abdominal, Neurological and Musculoskeletal systems. Part of my teaching on this module also includes the interpretation of Hematological and Biochemical test results as well as the interpretation of Arterial and Venous Blood Gasses. My expertise also lies in history taking and the application of consultation models in the consultation process.

I am a module lead for the paramedical science dissertation research project. This role involves curriculum development, academic supervision, teaching and marking.

As well as my teaching commitments I also supervise MSc students for their Systematic Literature review which acts as a dissertation project in their third and final year. Finally, I am currently exploring research opportunities that include the use of Intravenous iron in the peri-operative setting as well as my other interests in the peri-operative care of patients and cognitive impairment in the older adult.

Clinical Examination

Advanced Decision Making

Clinical Examination for Paramedic Practice

Research Methods

Research Project (Paramedic Science)