Student paramedic conference recreates medical emergencies

Issue date: 14 March 2017

Student paramedics from across the country will get hands-on specialist training alongside professionals at The Better Paramedic conference at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) on Saturday (18 March).

This is the second student paramedic conference run by South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) and sees more than 200 students thrown into real life emergency situations recreated with mass casualties. The students are expected to take part in the emergency scenarios using a range of state-of-the-art ambulance vehicles and equipment. Staff running the life-saving master classes will tell students of new techniques and give an accurate account of what life is really like on the busy frontline.

Keynote speaker Professor Jonathan Benger, National Clinical Director for Urgent Care for NHS England, will talk to students at UWE Bristol's Exhibition and Conference Centre about the future of the paramedic profession. The conference delegates also include a patient who survived two major heart attacks while on a bike ride who will reveal how quick thinking paramedics saved his life.

The journey from student to registered paramedic can be a challenging one but SWASFT wants to support students to become not just paramedics, but better paramedics.

SWASFT's University Liaison Officer, Jennings Mitchell, said: “The role of the paramedic is a tremendously rewarding one. The students attending this conference are the paramedics of the future and we are passionate about accompanying them on this journey. SWASFT is proudly leading the country in many areas of pre-hospital care and we want to share this expertise to ensure that tomorrow's paramedics are the best they can be. Our master classes are delivered by subject experts and are very relevant to everyday front-line situations.”

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