Frequently Asked Questions
Below you’ll find a collection of some of the most frequently asked questions about this and other events. If you have additional questions that aren’t on the list, please contact us—we’re here to help.
WHAT ARE THE PARAMEDIC GAMES?
The games are a competition for student paramedics to compete in teams against one another utilising their skills learned whilst at university and on placement. There will be several scenarios that students will attend and be assessed on the outcome across a number of criteria. The games are designed to be a fun and friendly competition outside of the university. Regardless of where you finish or how you perform on the day, this will have no impact on your degree.
WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY HIGH FIDELITY SIMULATION?
This means we make it as real as possible. Our aim is to employ actors to play various roles, such as patients and bystanders, with the use of make-up and props. Catastrophic haemorrhage? You will see what a catastrophic haemorrhage looks like.
CAN ANYONE SIGN UP?
Unfortunately not. As the games are in the proof of concept phase, only students on an LJMU Paramedic Science course can sign up. However, we hope to change this and expand in the near future.
IM NOT FROM LJMU, CAN I JOIN?
Unfortunately, the games are still in the development phase but don't be too disheartened. In the near future, we hope to expand the games to involve all paramedic students from all over the country.
HOW DO THE GAMES WORK?
The games will take place on the campus of LJMU over two days. Throughout the building, we will have various scenarios set up, ten in total. Teams will be issued a timetable with a place to be at the start time of their scenario. The timetable will also include any required information for the scenario, such as the skill level involved, so you can decide who will be attending. We would like to see each member of the team take the lead as and when appropriate. At the end of the day, when all teams have run through all of the scenario stations, there will be a chance to get changed for the awards and after-party.
HOW ARE WE PUT INTO TEAMS AND WHAT WILL THEY CONSIST OF?
The teams will aim to consist of four students. Two Paramedics (Second and/or Third years) and Two Emergency Medical Technicians (First years).
If you have already signed up and stated whom you wish to be partnered with, this will be considered when placing students into suitable teams.
A team will aim to consist of at least two first years and the remaining spaces can be filled as follows (Y2/Y2, Y2/Y3, Y3/Y3)
CAN I SIGN UP WITH A FRIEND?
Yes, you can!
When you sign up, please state if you already have a preference or a team organised following the group requirements answered above.
Note: We will do our best to ensure you are partnered with your preferred team, however depending on levels of attendance and skill mix, this may be changed but will be agreed upon prior to the event start date.
WILL THERE BE PRIZES?
We hope to have several categories in which students can win. These will be announced closer to the time. Prizes are still in the development phase but we hope to have several trophies to hand out.
WHAT IS IT LIKE ON THE DAY?
As it stands we do not know. Our proof of concept games will change this. Essentially, students who sign up will be placed in teams and attend various scenarios throughout the day where our judging staff will evaluate your performance. At the end of the day, we will meet up for awards to be presented and a well-deserved drink.
WHEN IS THE LAST DAY I CAN REGISTER?
The last day to sign up will be Friday 20th May at 16:00. After the deadline, teams will be assigned based on skill-set and preferences. We will give you your teams in advance so you know who you will be working with on the day.
CAN I JOIN THE GAMES COMMITTEE?
We are always looking for people to get involved behind the scenes. Think of a new idea? Feel like you can improve how the games are run? Or just want to chip in and make the games the best they can be? please get in contact through the Get Involved tab.
FUTURE PLANS FOR THE GAMES
The game committee aims to make the games as big as they can be. In our proof of concept phase, we aim to show the games can function and students want to get involved.
In phase 2, we hope to expand into the city of Liverpool. Have a scenario set in a pub? We will set it up as real as we can make it in a city pub. Same for streets, train stations, and many other venues.
Phase 3, we will be extending the invite to other universities around the region, and maybe other courses too, such as nursing.
Phase 4, we aim to extend the invite to all universities, making a truly national competition. There is even the possibility to set up other competitions around the country, where teams can compete locally then compete in a national final.