Earlier this month, some of the Trust’s staff attended the Student Paramedic Conference 2015, an event designed specifically for student paramedics. Area Clinical Lead Ash Richardson attended as a Gold Sponsor and in this blog, relays how the day went.
It was an early start for Team EEAST as we ventured out to Birmingham to take part in the conference, with six of us attending to entice healthy discussion on our stand, share the direction of travel for EEAST, and most importantly meet student paramedics as they start to consider their future careers.
There were some very insightful students who took the time to speak with us and explore what EEAST and the profession could offer – it is clear that the paramedic profession looks bright in the future; people want to push the envelope of professional development.
The UKSPC had a full programme of activity including great lectures and workshops ranging from human factors to learning from mistakes, and it was great to spend time with Gill Cash who has worked closely with us at EEAST and nationally raising awareness of Addisons Disease, following the tragic loss of her son Adam. It is with remarkable people like Gill working alongside EEAST that we can do special things, like create the Rare Conditions Handbook, available to all staff.
Throughout the day we not only spoke with student paramedics, but took time to network with other UK ambulance trusts – contacts were shared which in turn opens up opportunities to explore other ideas to help us develop as an organisation.
Big thanks go to Team EEAST, Denise Steadman, Karl Edwards, Carl Smith, Marie Ashby and Ben Jacobs, a group with a wealth of experience from within EEAST including the senior management team, Human Resources and experience of specialist paramedic practice.