Tenth student paramedic group begin life out on the road

The Trust’s tenth group of student paramedics finished their training last week and today (3rd November) are beginning life on the frontline.

The group has passed 11 intensive weeks of training, including learning clinical skills at the Trust’s Melbourn training centre in Cambridgeshire, and a three-week driving course at Barton Mills in Suffolk.

Student Peter Mattacks, 46, who will be based in King’s Lynn, said the course provided a great pathway into the profession: “It might be the only way a more mature person can get into it. There’s a lot of information squeezed into this course. I really liked the practical work and trying to find out what is wrong with the patient.”

Clinical Educator, Christina O’Sullivan, who tutored the student paramedics said: “The students all came with a good attitude which they have maintained throughout the course. I hope they will be confident and safe clinicians and that they all go to enjoy their careers.”

Chief Executive for EEAST Anthony Marsh added: “It’s a fantastic achievement for the group and a big step in our progress to benefit patients and staff over a long-term period. I’d like to congratulate them all and wish them the very best in their new careers.”

Published 3rd November 2014 

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