Natalie Farquharson, Robert Dudley, Sharon Hardwick, Jennifer Zandbeek
Journal of Paramedic Practice, Vol. 9, Iss. 1, 06 Jan 2017, pp 19 - 25

Purpose: To gain an understanding of how Black and Minority Ethnic (BME)
groups respond to information about paramedic courses, their experience of the
enrolment processes and their experience of paramedic training.

Methodology: Telephone interviews were conducted with qualified paramedics
and student paramedics from BME groups.

Findings: Interviews revealed issues in relation to the accessibility and
understanding of information on paramedic education and a lack of information
in preparation for paramedic courses, causing unrealistic expectations. A lack of
diversity in the student population, incidences of racial offence (unconscious or
conscious), and a lack of visibility of BME staff in the ambulance service as well
as in the wider community were identified.

Practical implications: The results produced from this evaluation may contribute
towards a series of recommendations in order to better inform practice to
increase the diversity of students entering into paramedic science and in order to
avoid issues such as student attrition

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