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The Death of the Author by Jerome M. Posted in: Blog Posts in Health Education The gods have spoken – there will be no more posts on this blog. Thanks to all readers – it's been emotional. Read on »
Life Sucks by Jerome M. Posted in: Blog Posts in Health Education I was at the library with some class mates the other day – you should know that student paramedics these days spend as much time cooking the books as they do practising th ... Read on »
Giving birth: like shitting a concrete bollard by Jerome M. Posted in: Blog Posts in Health Education Anyone who can remember twenty-two names off the bat is superhuman, and Cristi had something of the Superwoman about her. There was no nonsense with name tags or name game ... Read on »
Major Incident Management by Jerome M. Posted in: Blog Posts in Health Education After some practical sessions practicing for our Objective Structured Practical Examinations (OSPEs) that were approaching at an alarming rate of knots, we rounded off the ... Read on »
Happy 50th post! by Jerome M. Posted in: Blog Posts in Health Education This blog's lasted approximately 49 posts longer then I thought it would. Here's to another happy 50. And for those interested, the programme Klippity’s drug prep ... Read on »
Hypo, hypo, my sugar level's low... by Jerome M. Posted in: Blog Posts in Health Education ‘Should we stand? Yes, let’s stand. Dr Strangelove to the front, and you can put these on’ Klippity said, handing him some standard issue safety goggles. ‘Let’s all whistl ... Read on »
Carol Furber case study – win! by Jerome M. Posted in: Blog Posts in Health Education A few months ago I entered the Carol Furber case study competition hosted by the College of Paramedics, the professional body of the UK ambulance service in the UK. It's a ... Read on »
Abuse at Winterbourne View by Jerome M. Posted in: Blog Posts in Health Education It was the first Monday back after three weeks of driving. The mood was boisterous, mainly because  university was a welcome relief. We were tired of Bethleham and tired o ... Read on »
My first blue light run... by Jerome M. Posted in: Blog Posts in Health Education …lasted a gripping three seconds. We went all of about fifteen yards, maybe twenty. In the middle of the driving course, our DTU was summoned to Greygobble university to s ... Read on »
Emergency driving course: the final appraisal by Jerome M. Posted in: Blog Posts in Health Education It was the third time we were driving round the block. The reason? I had failed to park in the way Klippity wanted to me to park. I drove around sheepishly, conscious of t ... Read on »
Emergency driving course: feeling the pressure by Jerome M. Posted in: Blog Posts in Health Education At the beginning of each day we get issued a route plan, no more than a sheet of paper with a list of place and road names. Before the first drive of the day we plot it on ... Read on »
Emergency driving course: when things go wrong by Jerome M. Posted in: Blog Posts in Health Education Yesterday hadn’t gone so well. I’d suffered from the chronic condition with acute episodes known as boredom. Boredom lead to lack of concentration, which lead to stupid er ... Read on »
Emergency driving course: night drive (II) by Jerome M. Posted in: Blog Posts in Health Education It was dark, but the moon had been waning for just one day and was full. The sky was clear and shadows were cast by the haunting brightness. There was a strangeness to the ... Read on »
Emergency driving course: night drive (I) by Jerome M. Posted in: Blog Posts in Health Education Despite it being late in the day, cohort 09/11 was wired. There were enthusiastic greetings all round, as if the extra ten hours spent apart had been ten weeks. We ... Read on »
Emergency driving course: the skid pan by Jerome M. Posted in: Blog Posts in Health Education The city is an uncanny place before the sun has risen in the morning. I cycle the same streets to get to Bethleham, the cohort’s promised land of paramedic knowle ... Read on »
Emergency driving course: week 1 by Jerome M. Posted in: Blog Posts in Health Education Brake brake brake BRAKE BRAKE BRAKE! We were hurtling down the wonderful writhing country lanes found in this part of the country on an overcast Friday afternoon. The clos ... Read on »
Emergency driving course: day 1 by Jerome M. Posted in: Blog Posts in Health Education It was upon us. That all important part of becoming a paramedic, the driving, was to be programmed into us. We had very little idea of what it involved other than the few ... Read on »
The Medical Gaze by Jerome M. Posted in: Blog Posts in Health Education I see what they’re doing now. The powers that be that is, who decide what we get taught, how, in what depth and so on. It’s taken a while to understand, and we’ve discusse ... Read on »
A visit to the Mortuary (IV) by Jerome M. Posted in: Blog Posts in Health Education Lesley lead us into the identification room. It had the look and feel of a dusty Victorian museum. Sickly green brown curtains smothered the walls. Spot lights illuminated ... Read on »
A visit to the mortuary (III) by Jerome M. Posted in: Blog Posts in Health Education Lesley, that’s his name now. I’ve decided to change his name – Larry was always too thuggish a title for this softly spoken gentleman. Lesley pushed the trolley laden with ... Read on »