Paramedic Science Placement: Year 1

paramedic student examining lady laying on floor

Placement takes place within trimesters 2 and 3 and you'll be with your assigned station for 10 weeks. Your allocated Paramedic Educator (PEd) will undertake your summative assessments. This placement will be with either EEAST Ambulance Trust or London Ambulance 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 will 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:

  • How to undertake base line observations and understand what they mean in relation to the patient's symptoms: you will consider normal parameters including respiratory rate, pulse rate, blood pressure, blood sugar readings, response levels, temperature, pain score, pupil-response, capillary-refill, peak expiratory flow
  • The basics of the sound clinical decision making: early decisions will be made for time-critical patients including Heart Attack, Stroke, Transient Ischaemic Attack, Sepsis, Aneurism, Trauma, Neck of Femur Fractures and appropriate referral pathways or advice to avoid taking patient to A&E
  • The basic techniques in managing patient airway
  • The safe practice in the appropriate drug selection and administration for a range of medical emergencies
  • The accurate usage of intramuscular injections appropriate to the situation
  • How to prepare intravenous infusion appropriate to the situation
  • How to move and handle patients using a range of techniques, like assisted walking, transferring patients with specific equipment
  • How to remove patients from scene to the ambulance and/or hospital: this may include rescue equipment, patient positioning and alternative methods of transport
  • How to present an accurate clinical handover in a systematic manner: this includes other appropriate ambulance colleagues, medical staff and healthcare workers involved in physical patient handover
  • How to identify the correct destination of patients across a range of emergency and urgent situations: this might include heart attack, stroke and trauma centres or other alternative pathways
  • How to identify scenes that present with safety issues i.e. at road traffic collisions, structural incidents, chemical incidents
  • How to be aware of environmental factors that influence scene safety decisions including defusing and resolving conflict
  • How to recognise and address adverse circumstances that impact on a patient's health: this might include identifying potential trip or slip hazards in a patient's home or appropriate access to personal safety aids (walking frames or emergency alarms) and lifestyle guidance.