You need a cool head and the ability to work under pressure in emergency healthcare; it's challenging, rewarding and fast-paced.
This course provides the training you need to be eligible to apply to register as a paramedic when you graduate.
Over the three years of the Paramedic Science course you'll be offered a placement with either the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust or the London Ambulance Service NHS Trust in Cambridgeshire, Essex or London. Your placement over three years will consist of 30 weeks in an ambulance trust and 5 weeks in out of ambulance placements (Maternity Services, Mental Health Services, Emergency Departments, Assessment Units and Critical Care Facilities).
You'll be responsible for funding your travel to all of your placements. This could involve large geographic areas as illustrated by the maps of East of England Ambulance Service Trust and London Ambulance Service Trust below, depending on who you're placed with and where you live during your course. For 10 weeks of ambulance placement per year this can be expensive and time consuming if you intend on relying on public transport.
You'll be assigned to a hub and from here will be allocated to an ambulance station. The allocation of the station will be undertaken by the relevant staff and will be dependent on Paramedic Educator (PEd) numbers to ensure 1:1 supervision of you as a paramedic science student. You'll be allocated a named PEd and will also find yourself working with associate PEds to ensure all your clinical experience and placement is under the direct supervision of a qualified paramedic.
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In the first year placement takes place within trimester 3 to give you enough time to consolidate your learning undertaken earlier in the year and feel ready to get the most out of your placement experience. Your allocated Paramedic Educator will support, mentor and coach you, as well as undertaking your formal assessments during this time. This placement will be with either East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust or London Ambulance Service NHS Trust.
As a student Paramedic you need to understand your role as part of the wider multidisciplinary team. You'll work with Paramedics, emergency medical technicians, emergency care assistants, emergency care practitioners, doctors, nurses, carers, social workers and specialists in their field. You’ll gain an understanding of individual scopes of practice and work collaboratively in the best interest of patient care.
You'll have the chance to experience a significant variety of patient scenarios. You can be involved in exciting and challenging situations to learn and practice:
During your second year you’ll undertake a further ten weeks of placement with the Ambulance Service during which you’ll develop and enhance your clinical practice in line with your learning at university in order to complete the module Clinical Practice in Paramedic Science 2.
In addition you’ll undertake two weeks of placements with our out-of-ambulance partners. These will include emergency department and mental health placements. These are provided to ensure that you, as a developing health care professional, are able to perform autonomous clinical practice aware of the wider health industry.
In your third year you’ll undertake a further ten weeks of placement with the Ambulance Service, achieving the standards required for autonomous practice as a paramedic and completing the module Clinical Practice in Paramedic Science 3.
In addition you’ll be placed for a further two weeks with out-of-ambulance provider, these will include maternity services and critical care areas. These placements will enhance your clinical practice, enabling exposure to key clinical interventions that are often required within emergency medicine.