The next generation of paramedics were given a taste of emergency frontline work during two highly successful events run by South Western Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) at the weekend.
Around 300 aspiring clinicians attended the ‘Be a Better Paramedic’ Student Conference and the ‘Become a Paramedic Taster Day for A Level students where they were shown how to respond to medical emergencies.
Paramedics face critical incidents every day to save lives and to protect our communities.
Those who attended the events in Bristol on Saturday were taught how to deal with various situations, ranging from a minor head injury to a major live incident.
SWASFT University Liaison Officer, Jennings Mitchell, who was the main organiser, said: “We wanted to give the students and young people a real flavour of what it’s like to be a SWASFT paramedic. We also wanted to showcase our clinical and educational excellence – and why we’re regarded as one of the best trusts in the country to work for.
“We are really pleased with how the events went, and the feedback has been very positive. There was a vibrant atmosphere and positive energy throughout, which is really encouraging for the future.”
The Critical Care Team led a masterclass demonstrating how they would treat a patient with a traumatic brain injury.
The Hazardous Area Response Team acted-out a scenario in which a vehicle had driven down a High Street and collided with pedestrians, causing serious and fatal injuries.
The students and young people had the opportunity to meet the professional paramedics, and to view a range of ambulance vehicles and specialist equipment.
Adrian South, SWASFT Clinical Director, said: “We wanted the events to be as interactive as possible, and to show the breath of paramedic practice. We had sessions on a variety of topics intended to improve the clinical abilities of future paramedics.”
Both events took place at the University of West of England (UWE). The Student Conference built on the success of previous events in 2016 and 2017 for those studying towards a Paramedic Science degree. Meanwhile the Taster Day was the first of its kind run by SWASFT.