Ambulance Service and University Deliver Paramedic Event

Future and practising paramedics have benefited from a collaboration between The University of Suffolk and the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust.

An event entitled ‘Learning from Incidents’ discussed serious incident procedures, and explored issues for those working on the ‘frontline’.

Rob Riches, Patient Safety Officer for EEAST and a Critical Care Paramedic, said: “The Learning from Incidents event was a fantastic day for all involved.

“It is about creating a forum where people can come and openly discuss cases, learn from it and introduce that learning into their clinical practice.”

He added: “We are grateful to the University of Suffolk for hosting the first of what we hope will be quarterly events, benefitting the student paramedics at the University too. The aim is to disseminate learning from a range of incidents in a format that is digestible to our frontline.”

The Trust regularly reviews cases in a variety of ways and has a robust serious incident procedure from which learning is always taken.

Paramedic students from the University’s BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science degree joined experienced Paramedic professionals for the event.

Lee Cunnell, Director of Emergency and Urgent Care and Course Leader for BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science, said: “It was so exciting and encouraging to see student paramedics and experienced practice staff discussing real cases and learning from the difficult nature of our profession.

“We are particularly proud that the presenters acknowledged the high level of clinical knowledge and understanding demonstrated from our students, some of whom are in their first year.

“This event allowed honest and open discussions and allows students to apply and develop further reflective theories. We have a fantastic partnership with EEAST and events such as these serve to strengthen that relationship further.”


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