Ruth Thomas

Paramedic Practice, DipHE 2014

What did you enjoy the most on your course?

I enjoyed learning the theory and the reasoning behind why certain drugs or treatments are appropriate in different situations. It helped me move from knowing what treatment to administer, to knowing why that treatment was appropriate, and being able to bring the theory and practice together, allowing me to feel confident in my role and my actions in practice. This also enhanced my overall clinical decision making. I also enjoyed working closely with my tutors and peers and learning from each of them. The tutors are such a huge support and are always there to help.

What skills did you gain from your course?

By completing the paramedic course you learn skills that are essential for employment as a paramedic. The course allowed me to learn and practice treatments such as intubation and cannulation until I was confident enough to perform them in real life situations. It also reinforced some basic, yet fundamental skills such as communication, history taking and patient assessment and introduced me to new subjects such as law and ethics.

Why should people study Paramedic Practice?

It is essential to have a passion and enthusiasm for helping others, as well as a great deal of patience and flexibility. Being a paramedic is demanding and can be tough, but it’s also extremely rewarding and I am fortunate enough to have qualified as a paramedic through sheer hard work and determination as well as academic and mentor support.

What challenges does your job entail?

Not knowing what to expect from each emergency call is a constant challenge. Things can change so quickly and you can never assume a situation is going a certain way. You need to make rapid decisions and think on your feet in order to respond to patient deterioration and I feel that UCLan and support in practice has given me the knowledge and confidence to do this.