Student’s successful journey to becoming a paramedic
Former student Matondo Manzeninga studied the Health & Social Care BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at Leeds City College between September 2012 and June 2014. He is now a qualified paramedic and made an appearance on ITV’s A&E Live programme.
What made you choose health and social care?
“Since a young age I’ve wanted to work in healthcare and had a dream of becoming a paramedic. I’m a caring person who has always wanted to help others.
“I really enjoyed my time studying at Leeds City College, the staff members were amazing and were able to assist as well as motivate me with my studies. They were always easily accessible through email or one to one sessions.
“I have recently graduated from the University of Greenwich where I studied BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science. This was a three-year course that trains you to provide emergency care to patients.”
Tell us more about your role.
“As a paramedic, I’m trained to provide emergency treatment to patients who are seriously ill or in a life-threatening condition such as cardiac arrest, serious allergic reaction, having a stroke, difficulty breathing or choking and many more emergency cases.
“The job role has both emotional and psychological implications as we deal with extreme scenarios. When dispatched to certain locations, the smell, sight and surroundings can leave you feeling sad or remind you of painful experiences. On the other hand, you have to remind yourself that you are saving lives, which is very rewarding.
“I enjoy making a difference to patients’ health and a positive outcome is the ultimate goal. Having a patient who appreciates the care that I have provided is highly important.”
Tell us about your appearance on A&E Live.
“I was recently selected to be part of ITV’s A&E Live show. This was a good opportunity for the ambulance service to allow members of the public to get an insight into the quality of care that we provide. To meet Davina McCall was an exciting opportunity, allowing her to see how the frontline and A&E staff perform in their roles. It was a great chance for me to showcase my skills as a newly qualified paramedic.”
How did your college experience help you get to where you are now?
“Both my college and university experiences showed me how to treat and stabilise patients at the scene prior to transporting them to the hospital for further care. Placements with the London Ambulance Service (YAS) allowed me to apply university based learning to real life medical situations. During my placement, I was placed with a clinical practice educator who nurtured my clinical competences.”
What’s next for you?
“I will be continuing my role as a paramedic and learning at the same time. I am currently enrolled on a mentoring course at the University of Bradford, giving me the opportunity to mentor both students and other members of staff.
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