The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, has shown his appreciation to a unique group of Edge Hill University Paramedic Practice students during a visit this week.
The students based at the University’s St James’ facility in Oxford Street, Manchester were just eight months into their studies and on placements with the North West Ambulance Service when the Manchester Arena attack occurred on May 22 2017.
Some of the students attended the scene, helping to treat the victims and save lives. Many others were directly involved in the transfer of the victims to appropriate health care facilities across the North West.
Mr Burnham gave a speech thanking the students for their services on that horrific night.
He said that he felt a connection to the students, as he had only been in post for two weeks when the tragedy occurred. He wanted to express his thanks to those who’d attended and supported those in need following the attack at Manchester Arena, and that his thanks were not just from him but were also on behalf of the people of Greater Manchester.
He stressed the importance of the NHS and how everyone rose to the challenges of that night, praising the students for devoting themselves to an “amazing profession” which “serves the public of the Greater Manchester area so well”.
Karen Simpson-Scott, Senior Lecturer in Paramedic Practice and Pre-Hospital Care, said: “The impact of the Manchester Arena attack is still having a massive effect on all of us and will never fade. These students are due to complete their two-year training in September so it was fantastic for them to be thanked personally by the Mayor as they go on to serve the community and continue to change lives. I am extremely proud of every single one of them.”
Following his address, Mr Burnham was given a tour of the cutting edge Paramedic Practice teaching facilities in the city centre, which includes a mock operating theatre, ambulance simulator and immersive technologies.