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Student Paramedic Conference 2021 - Programme

Online Student Conference 2021

Welcome to the SWASFT 'Be a Better Paramedic' Student Conference 2021. This day is all about YOU.

SWASFT take great pride in the quality of our clinical expertise, and today is designed to give you a flavour of this and contribute to your ongoing professional development - we hope you find it useful, fun and educational!


Here's the running order for the day (exact times subject to confirmation) – you can click on the session leaders’ names to read more about them:  




Log on to Zoom, make sure you're ready for 09:30 start!  


Event kick-off

Jennings Mitchell, Student Liaison Officer, SWASFT


Welcome address

Will Warrender, Chief Executive, SWASFT



Keynote address

'It's OK to not be OK' - but do we really mean that?

Pete Reeve, Air Operations Officer, Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC)

We often use 'welfare' like a plaster – we put it on after we've been hurt. Instead we need to use wellbeing like our PPE – we put it on before the damage occurs to keep us safe. So what does that look like- and how do you do it when we're already getting 'welfare burnout'?


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Masterclass 1 – Toxidromes

John Ball and Chris Ward

Overdose and poisoning, whether deliberate or not, is a relatively common presentation for pre-hospital care providers. Differing substances can cause a vast variety of signs and symptoms, which can take some detective work to try to identify the ‘suspect’ and subsequent toxidrome it is causing.

Together, we will be ‘attending’ a number of patients suffering the effects of a variety of these substances, and discussing the toxicokinetics / toxicodynamics and management of each.


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Masterclass 2 – Stroke Mimics

Charlotte Ryan 

Join Charlotte on a magical tour of the inner workings of the brain and all its whims and complexity.

Acute neurological emergencies can be fraught with difficulty. Using an interactive approach, I hope to demystify neurological presentations and equip you to differentiate between the benign and the sinister.

Scenario, problem-based learning neatly dovetailed with the neurophysiology and pathology will enable you to forge a clear path through the minefield of uncertainty that poorly brains often present.

12:30 – 13:30

Screen break - lunch plus optional breakout rooms


Masterclass 3 – HAZMAT: Are you ready to respond? 

Steph Moreland and Jamie Tarling

Join our paramedic teams and HART (Hazardous Area Response Team) as they deploy to a multi-casualty chemical incident, with:

  • interactive learning points
  • Initial Operational Response (IOR) refresher
  • immersive HAZMAT scenario​


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Masterclass 4Critical Care

Lauren Dyson

This masterclass aims to give you a flavour of what it is like to be a part of a Critical Care and HEMS team, with details of how the operations work, how you can be involved, and a case study describing a critically unwell patient including a thoracotomy demonstration.


Final words and Raffle!!




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South Western Ambulance Charity

The South Western Ambulance Charity, founded in 1995, uses gifted monies to benefit those in our communities who use our service and to improve the welfare of the staff and volunteers of the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust. 

Our charitable support covers Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire including Bristol and Swindon.

If you would like to show your appreciation for the care that you or your loved one has received from us in the form of a charitable donation please visit our online giving website: Donate to South Western Ambulance Charity | Give as you Live Donate