04th August 2015 Written by Ruby Lyon

Image: Onwards and Upwards as a Healthcare Cadet.As a Level 3 Healthcare Cadet with Skills for Health Academy Northwest and St. Helen’s College, Ruby Lyon has been able to gain a vast amount of experience that will help guide her to the next phase in her career. Currently on placement with the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS), Ruby reflects on her journey thus far and tells us how being a cadet has led to her being accepted to study Paramedic Practice at Liverpool John Moores University.

Ruby Reflects

Whilst being on placement with NWAS, I have worked with Patient transport crews (PTS) which involves taking patients to and from appointments and discharging patients from hospitals to take them home or to alterative care. I really enjoyed this as a placement as all of the crews who I worked with where very friendly and outgoing and I always felt welcomed and comfortable whilst on placement. The PTS gave me the opportunity to practice communication skills, as often I would speak to the patients whilst on the journey to or from hospitals and they would often tell me a little bit about themselves. Being on PTS eased me into life with NWAS and gave me more of an insight into what services NWAS provide.

After working with the PTS, I went on to urgent care. Urgent care crew’s deal with minor/intermediate incidents, however, they sometimes get called to emergencies to back up a paramedic on the rapid response. I have been to a range of incidents with urgent care from falls, patients with breathing difficulties, patients with hypo/hyperglycaemia, pneumonia, etc.

I have enjoyed every minute of my placement and really look forward to going to the ambulance station on Mondays and Tuesdays. Every member of the NWAS team who I have ever worked with has been friendly, welcoming and very supportive of my learning. The crews allow me to take patient observations and assist with the moving and handling of patients.

I am very excited to move upwards again on placements and start work with the rapid response and emergency crews as I will see a wider range of incidents, illnesses and conditions. I look forward to starting my degree in Paramedic Practice at Liverpool John Moores University in September.

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