Celebrating success of university paramedic programme
Date: 01 August 2017
The number of paramedics working in Norfolk and Suffolk has been boosted by almost 100 after the first cohort of Paramedic Science BSc students and DipHE students graduated from the University of East Anglia (UEA).
The degree course, run in conjunction with the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST), was designed to address the shortfall in recruitment and ensure that the ambulance service can continue to meet the needs of patients across the region.
“Offering the degree in tandem with our Diploma in Paramedic Practice means we appeal to a diverse group of students, as they can choose to study full-time or work while they learn,” said Rosie Doy, Reader in Health Sciences at UEA.
“We’re extremely proud of all our graduating students, who have proved their resilience, motivation and compassion, having already encountered may challenging and distressing situations. Every shift brings difficult assessments and decisions.
"Being a paramedic isn’t just about responding to an emergency and getting a patient safely to hospital, it’s also about preventing avoidable admissions by getting people access to the support services they need, whether that’s social care or, increasingly, support for mental health issues and dementia.”
Because of the wide range of situations they encounter all paramedics learn a wide range of skills, from midwifery to trauma, delivered in partnership across all the Trusts in the East of England.
Marcus Bailey, Consultant Paramedic for EEAST, said: “I’m delighted to see so many fully-fledged paramedics completing their studies and graduating who are already providing a high level of patient care in their communities. It takes three years of hard work and dedication to become a paramedic and I’d like to congratulate everyone who has qualified and pay tribute to their commitment and the support of their families.
“Every year, demand on the ambulance service increases and the number of life-threatening calls goes up, which is why we have hired more than 800 student paramedics over the last three years and continue to support those studying to become the next generation of paramedics.”
For more information, see a guest blog from one of our new paramedics http://www.eastamb.nhs.uk/blogs/guest-blog-definitely-the-job-for-me/1755?article=1755
Almost 100 have joined the front-line after completing course