Students involved within the NEAS First Responder team respond to 999 calls across the Tyneside area and work at a vaccination hub in North Shields, successfully rolling out over 30,000 vaccinations.
Their hard work and dedication during this turbulent time has been hugely appreciated, with the Head of Newcastle University’s School of Medical Education, Professor Steve Jones saying: “From the very start we in the School of Medical Education have been hugely impressed by the dedication and professionalism of the First Responders. They have done an amazing job in the most difficult of circumstances.”
Philippa Wright, who is a medical student and member of the First Responder team, has spoken about the impact the scheme has had upon the local community and also what she, personally, has gained: “Being a First Responder has undoubtedly played a huge role in the development of my confidence and skills in a demanding situation. It is a real privilege to be able to help our local community and everyone has been really supportive of our learning.”
Following the success of the scheme and looking forwards to the future, students have begun fundraising in order to secure a dedicated service vehicle. This would enable a greater number of 999 calls to be attended and more students would be able to be recruited.