Paramedics Breathe Life in to Students’ Lesson


L-R: Students – Sybil Joseph John, Michael Ford, Krystel O’Brien (Paramedic), Lydia Harrison, Sian Arrowsmith (Paramedic)

Paramedics from the West Midlands Ambulance Service unit visited Walsall College to give Health and Social Care students an industry insight in to the career.

Paramedics and Education and Training Officers, Krystle O’Brien and Sian Arrowsmith gave Level 3 students an overview of some of the incidents they have responded to, different conditions that patients might have and how they assess patients to decide if they can be treated at home or need hospital treatment.

The presentation also covered the skills and qualities paramedics need, including driving techniques, team working, communication and personable skills.

Curriculum Manager for Health and Social Care at Walsall College, Wendy Byron, said: “There are a wide range of career pathways students can follow with a Health and Social Care qualification. So as part of the course, we aim to expand their knowledge of as many of the options open to them as possible. Hearing first hand from industry experts working in the sector, helps to give students a deeper insight into what different jobs entail so they can make more informed decisions.”

Health and Social Care student, Michael Ford, said: “I haven’t considered becoming a paramedic before but I found this lesson really inspiring; it’s opened up my eyes about the importance of the role and what it involves.”

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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