A blog from a member of #TeamJigsaw who we helped on their journey to becoming a Paramedic…
I first heard about Jigsaw Medical through my head of year at Tarporley Sixth Form because Chris Percival was an ex pupil….
Following this it was arranged for Chris to come in and speak to me about the application process for gaining entry to the highly competitive course, Paramedic Emergency Care. Chris gave me lots of advice on what to include in my personal statement to ensure that I would stand out, he also offered me the opportunity to observe some of the events Jigsaw crews covered. These observation shifts made me able to watch the teams work and effectively treat patients, even as an observer it increased my confidence when communicating with members of the public.
The team at Jigsaw House then arranged for me to be put on one of their first aid courses where I became a qualified first aider, this also enabled me to volunteer with Jigsaw on some of the largest events in the UK. The course was brilliantly run by Alan and Dave who give you lots of confidence in the skills that you acquire. I learnt a range of skills from basic life support to using a defibrillator and oxygen. After completing the first aid course I then went on to volunteer at events for Jigsaw where I worked with a range of different health care professionals, this was beneficial because it gave me a greater understanding of how health care professionals work together to provide the best care for the patient.
Through Jigsaw I was able to go to The Big Reunion to help provide medical cover, this was based in Skegness and it is a 3 day festival over 2 weekends for people aged 18-30 who have been on holidays to areas like Ibiza, Magaluf, Zante and much more. I was allocated the night shift, this was beneficial as it helped with preparing me for my night shifts on placement at university. Additionally, it allowed me to see an extensive range of patients with many different medical conditions, such as the results of extensive intoxication and substance abuse.
When I look back at this event I realise how it has helped me at the start of my university course, due to being able to assist the paramedics in Skegness by performing observations, watching them perform skilled procedures such as cannulation and airway management. I have gone on to help cover a wide range of events with Jigsaw that have all been varied and presented lots of different patients with different injuries and illnesses!
The work that Jigsaw enabled me to do, did not only improve my personal statement but it also gave me a better understanding of the role of paramedics and other health care professionals, it also massively increased my communication skills with patients. I’m very grateful for all the help that Jigsaw have given me especially Chris. I am now studying Paramedic Emergency Care at Oxford Brooke’s University and am thoroughly enjoying the course, and developing on all the skills I have learnt at my time at Jigsaw.