A NEW television show will follow junior paramedics as they save the lives of people across South Derbyshire.
The series, which will be screened tomorrow from 9pm on BBC 3, will follow the group as they get their first taste of the medical profession while working for East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS).
Junior Paramedics follows nine paramedic science students documenting their relationships with their mentors as they embark on their first work placement for their foundation degree course and learn what life is really like on the front line.
Charlotte Lewis, paramedic mentor, said: “Being a mentor is really rewarding, you are able to share your knowledge and experiences with the student and watch as they grow and develop. It’s all about providing support and assisting the student as they learn what life is really like on the front line.”
Junior paramedic Bryn Griffiths said: “Getting your first call from ambulance control is really nerve wracking - you never know what situation you are going to be responding to. When faced with my first patient the pressure was on, as I had to put my skills from the classroom into practice on a real person.
“On the way to jobs Charlotte was really supportive and talked me through the situations we were about to face. My academic knowledge was always being tested with every new patient and new environment.”
In the first episode the students move away from their home comforts to the University of Northampton and after just eight weeks in the classroom, meet their mentors and start their placements.
The mentors, from EMAS, play a huge part in the student’s development, supporting them as they respond to emergency 999 calls, assessing their skills and competence to grade their performance.
Bob Willis, subject lead for paramedic science, said: “This is the first placement experience which, along with shared learning with other healthcare professionals, enhance the students’ experience and develops their skills.”