Students get hands on at annual paramedic conference

Paramedic students in training at the South Western Ambulance Service conference at the University of the West of England. Credit: ITV West Country

Hundreds of paramedic students have attended the annual conference held by South Western Ambulance Service.

Around 250 people from across the country attended to gathering at the University of the West of England - the third conference of its kind.

This is more practical, hands on so more realistic to what we've going to be doing in a few months.

Rebecca Mabbutt, Student

South West Ambulance Service (SWAS) Trust recruited 18 staff from Prague last year and this time has vacancies for about 20 paramedics.

The market for paramedics is opening up significantly, that's why many ambulances services find their attrition rates have gone up. So we have to make the package for them enticing and the support we give staff has to be the best it can be.

Ken Wenman, SWAS Chief Executive
Paramedic students in training at the South Western Ambulance Service conference at the University of the West of England Credit: ITV West Country

The SWAS is seen as one of the best of its kind in the country.

Only 58% of patients seen in emergencies have to go to hospital, such are the skill levels of the paramedics and the equipment they have on board their ambulances.

Our staff are very dedicated and they're there with one focus - patient outcomes and proving their clinical care to save as many lives as they can.

Nick Spence, Paramedic
Paramedic students in training at the South Western Ambulance Service conference at the University of the West of England Credit: ITV West Country