University of Northampton paramedic students to star in BBC3 documentary

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Nine paramedic students at the University of Northampton are due to star in a series of the BBC3 show, Junior Paramedics: Your life in their hands.

Documentary makers have filmed the students in their first year at university while they study for their Foundation Degree Course.

In the first episode, due to be shown tonight at 9pm, the students move away from their home comforts to the University of Northampton and after only eight weeks in the classroom, they meet their mentors and start their placements.

The mentors, from East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS), play a huge part in the students’ development, supporting them as they respond to emergency 999 calls, assessing their skills and competence to grade their performance.

Junior paramedic, Bryn Griffiths said: “Getting your first call from ambulance control is really nerve wracking.

“When faced with my first patient the pressure was on, as I had to put my skills from the classroom into practice.”

A paramedic mentor said it was “really rewarding” to share knowledge and experiences with the University of Northampton students and to watch them grow and develop.

Charlotte Lewis, who works for EMAS, said: “It’s all about providing support and assisting the students as they learn what life is really like on the front line.”