An innovation in mental health specialty placements

Eleanor Jack
January 2018

The current article describes how an innovative approach to mental health training for student paramedics can prepare the future workforce with the skills and knowledge needed to provide high-quality care. Action research methodology is used to describe the delivery and evaluation of the placement, identifying its key and sustainable learning impacts for all involved. Key to its success was the co-production of the placement from beginning to end, including service users and qualified paramedics. The outcome of the placement enabled students to develop the confidence and ability to provide compassionate person-centred care as well as the skills to cultivate self-care and resilience.

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