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University students first to scene in multiple-vehicle road traffic accident simulation

We are serious about creating the most realistic training opportunities for our students to optimise their learning experience with us, and give them an edge in interviews for graduate positions.

Following our first Major Incident Simulation in 2014, we carried out another successful event in March 2015.

We worked with the West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) and emergency services simulation specialists taking roles as casualties, along with medical students from the University of Birmingham. The make-up was done by students from Sutton College, and staff from the university.

Our students took on various key roles as qualified professionals, experience sure to give them an edge in interviews for a graduate position.

The 'accident' was a collision between a motorbike, a car, and a minibus and involved several people, including a midwifery lecturer playing a pregnant woman. Paramedic students were first to the scene, working with WMFS, who used their specialist equipment to cut victims from the car wreckage, and student nurses, radiographers, scientists, operating department practitioners and medical students were also involved in dealing with the casualties. Our students were challenged to act together as a team to provide the best care and treatment as the events unfolded in real time.

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Media students filmed the event as though from a national news or documentary film crews, and their work will be used to generate educational resources that other students can learn from in the future.

Student feedback

"It took me out of my comfort zone and made me think about how I would react and the decisions I would make in practice." - Keelin, third year BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography student.

"The major simulation event was an incredible, invaluable experience, almost indescribable." - Laura, third year BSc (Hons) Nursing Child student.

"By taking part, you find your strengths and weaknesses so you can improve on your performance." - Jack, first year BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science student.

Read more from Jack on our blog