Paramedic students at the University of Portsmouth have been teaching a group of teenagers how to save lives.
Second year paramedic student Emma House and third year paramedic student Darren Mcfarlane were asked to help train 12 youngsters on an Active Leaders programme. The pair taught basic life support, including CPR, how to use a defibrillator and when to call an ambulance over the two-hour session at John Pounds Centre on Wednesday.
Active Leaders is a nationwide programme that has run since 2016 to teach leadership skills to teenagers.
Senior lecturer on the university’s BSc Paramedic Science course Kenneth Street said: “Active Leaders is all about inspiring young individuals, helping them grow in confidence and enabling them to develop practical skills.
Part of this skill development includes completing basic first aid and I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to support this teaching with two of our undergraduate BSc paramedic students, Darren and Emma.
Getting involved demonstrates how committed our students are to not only their own subject area but also engaging with the wider community and our hope is that this collaboration with Active Leaders will continue to blossom in the future.”
Active Leader programmes run across the UK.
Penny Snowden, head of Active Leaders, said: “Working with university paramedic students has been immensely popular and successful. We have found past students to be excellent at engaging with the young people and helping them learn this essential skill. It is also highly topical given the discussions about making CPR part of the national curriculum from 2020.”
This week’s pilot was funded Portsmouth City Council, and supported by the University, John Pounds Centre, Portsmouth School Sports Partnership, Active Communities Network, Portsmouth Food Cycle, and the Society of St James.