The first cohort of Paramedic Science students at the University of Suffolk have graduated.
The BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science degree was introduced in 2015 in response to a national need for paramedics. The East of England Ambulance Service Trust (EEAST) collaborated with the University on its development.
Lee Cunnell is the Director of Emergency and Urgent Care at the University and said, “We are very proud to see our first cohort of paramedic students graduating from the University Of Suffolk. The students have worked extremely hard and have demonstrated a high level of commitment and professionalism throughout the programme. We are also very grateful to our practice partners for the incredible mentorship and support throughout. We wish our graduates every success in their future careers.”
Dad of two Lee Marshall from Great Yarmouth changed careers from a Social Worker to become a Paramedic. He said of his time at the university “Today marks the end of an era and the start of a new one. It is a great course, with great leadership within the course. I am very proud to be one of the first students to complete the degree. There has been a range of experiences from attending on the front line as part of an emergency ambulance to being in different setting in hospitals, theatres- it is difficult to pick one highlight. The whole three years have been thoroughly enjoyable.”
“Now I am working with the East of England Ambulance Service on the front line as a graduate paramedic. We have gone through our blue light training, our blue light driving and our clinical induction. Unfortunately there isn’t enough paramedics out there and in Suffolk and Norfolk there has been a shortage so this course has helped to boost the number out on the front line. We are very proud to represent the University of Suffolk.”
Fellow Paramedic graduate Matt Crickmore said, “Today is finally here, so it’s very exciting. Coming into university knowing that we, on the course, have such a tight knit, close friendship is a highlight for me.”
Making lifelong friends has also been a highlight for fellow graduate, Megan Cocksedge, “I have made some solid friendships for the rest of my life now, we are all in the same ‘paramedic-boat’ and I will keep in touch with them forever.”
Chris Bollinger has been based from West Suffolk Hospital with the East of England Ambulance Service since he finished the degree. He said, “My whole experience has been amazing. I feel honoured to be in this position, graduating today in the first cohort, it’s a massive achievement.”
“At the beginning of my second year I had the blessing of becoming a dad to twins so it was through hard work and diligence, perseverance and being dedicated to the course that I have been able to achieve this accomplishment. It has been a rollersecoaster of a ride but now I have graduated with friends for life. It has been great.”
The East of England Ambulance Service (EEAST) said, “We want to take this opportunity to congratulate all the Paramedics graduating. Our primary focus is to increase our workforce across the region, helping to treat more patients with even better care, so we welcome all graduates wishing to work at EEAST. We’re excited to continue collaboration with the University and our other university partners to bring new paramedics to our region.”
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