European Prehospital Research Network (EPRN)

Partnership CaHRU is proud to be a parrtner in the European Pre-Hospital Research Network  (EPRN). In 2018 the European Pre-hospital Research Network (EPRN) was founded to link ambulance clinicians and academics from several countries wanting to improve ambulance care.
Total funding to date  
Team members
  • Kacper Sumera, East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust (Chair)
  • Morten Bakkerud, Oslo Metropolitan University
  • Dr Iwona Bielska, McMaster University
  • Carl Christiansen, Oslo Metropolitan University
  • Dr Michal Cwiertnia, Bielsko-Biala University
  • Jon Dearnley-Lane, Edge Hill University
  • Dr Mieczyslaw Dutka, Bielsko-Biala University
  • Jamie Hahn, Nottingham Trent University
  • Helen Henderson, Robert Gordon University
  • Dr Tomasz Ilczak, Bielsko-Biala University
  • Dr Andrzej Kopta, Jagiellonian University
  • Dr Andrew Makkink, University of Johannesburg
  • Jakub Mierzejewski, Poznan University of Medical Sciences
  • Prof John Sandars, Edge Hill University
  • Prof Niro Siriwardena, CaHRU, University of Lincoln
  • Agnieszka Sumera, University of Chester
  • Prof Tom Quinn, Kingston University & St George’s, University of London
  • Dr Carl Webster, Nottingham Trent University
Consortium members
  • East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust (Chair), UK
  • Bielsko-Biala University, Poland
  • CaHRU, University of Lincoln
  • Edge Hill University, UK
  • Jagiellonian University, Poland
  • Kingston University & St George’s, University of London, UK
  • McMaster University, Canada
  • Nottingham Trent University, UK
  • Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway
  • Poznan University of Medical Sciences
  • Robert Gordon University, Scotland, UK
  • University of Chester, UK
  • University of Johannesburg, South Africa
Overarching aim EPRN seeks to accelerate the knowledge generation, synthesis and translation of evidence to practice in the field of ambulance care.
Objectives 1. To facilitate the relationship development among clinicians and researchers from practice and academia to contribute to improvements in policy, practice, research capacity and evidence genesis in the field of ambulance care.
2. To promote the utilisation of simulation-based research methodology in the early stages of evidence genesis.
3. To collaborate on research projects, share workload and expertise and provide access to equipment, facilities and research participant.
Methods The Network use a wide range of methods, including simulation based methods, to answer research questions relevant to ambulance care.
Outcomes EPRN has been created as an open forum to offer inclusive, collaborative approaches for clinicians and academics to encourage original contributions to knowledge no matter how advanced their research skills are.
Outputs Publications

Sumera K, Ilczak T, Bakkerud M, Lane JD, Pallas J, Martorell SO, Sumera A, Webster CA, Quinn T, Sandars J, Siriwardena AN (2024). CPR Quality Officer role to improve CPR quality: A multi-centred international simulation randomised control trial. Resuscitation Plus 17: 100537.


Sumera K, Ilczak, Lane JD, Bakkerud M, Pallas J, Martorell SO, Quinn T, Sandards J, Siriwarena AN. Improving CPR quality by the innovative use of a CPR quality officer: a simulation randomised control trial. Emergency Medicine Journal 2022;39:e5.

Impact We aim to create impact by using the findings to inform future Emergency Medical Services provision and design.