The students, who range between 19 and 40, are in the middle of completing a four-year paramedic degree course in Ireland with one of those years including a placement with us for 12 months.
Danny Cox is one of those students. He shares his first diary edition capturing his time with us in the North West so far.
“Hi my name is Danny and as part of year two on my course, I, along with the rest of my peers on my course hopped across the pond to the UK to work with NWAS.
“I am based in Sharston in South Manchester along with six of my peers from university and as and EMT1s, we work alongside a paramedic assisting with clinical interventions, driving, patient reports and hospital handovers.
“So far I have settled into living in the UK fantastically, I think this is because I knew people coming over with me, as well as some of the guys from my university that were here the year before. It is taking me a little while to get used to the lingo over here such as calling tea a “brew”, calling a sandwich a “butty” or a “bam” (still don’t know the difference) and the obsession with pies!
“The UK is far busier than where I come from back in Ireland. I think in my county there is one set of traffic lights and the road markings are the grass growing up from the middle of it once you leave the towns. A far cry from three-lane roundabouts and busy motorways! This was something that definitely challenged me during the early days of my driver training.
“My last couple of weeks of being out on the job have been very enjoyable. I am finding it really rewarding to work in such a busy place like Manchester and meet people with such different backgrounds and diversities. I’m really enjoying being kept on my toes and that every day is a learning day. The call volumes we are receiving mean I am seeing a lot more variety of cases from cardiac and respiratory issues, to mental health, to safeguarding, to paediatrics, to active labour, to trauma and many more just to keep me occupied.
“My colleagues from my university are definitely helping me to settle in so fast, they’ll tell you the same thing too. It has made moving to such a big place like Manchester so much easier. At work all the crews have been more than welcoming to us and are always so happy to take time to explain things; this is something I’m very much grateful for.
“I can’t wait to keep ye updated with the next year in NWAS and hopefully I can have some exciting stories for next time.”