Video Produced by the Department of Health and Social Care Encourages Eligible People to Come Forward for Monkeypox Vaccination

05/08/2022


The Department of Health and Social Care has produced a new video to encourage eligible people to come forward for monkeypox vaccination. 
 
In the video, Dr Rachael Jones, a sexual health consultant at Chelsea and Westminster hospital explains who will be offered the vaccine, how people will be contacted and why it’s important to get vaccinated.

 




The College of Paramedics Would Like to Introduce Its New Trustee for Professional Standards and Latest Appointment to the Paramedic Council

27/07/2022



Today, the College of Paramedics would like to extend a warm welcome to our new Trustee for Professional Standards, Fauziya Lakhi, and new Eastern member representative, Helen Hardy.

Six candidates stood for the Professional Standards Trustee position while three candidates put themselves forward for the Eastern member representative role.

Fauziya said: “I’m delighted to join the College as a Trustee (Professional Standards). The College has already done some brilliant work on professional development and I’m excited to build upon this, particularly working on leadership development and paramedic wellbeing to ensure a supportive environment for all members.

“I decided to stand for election as a Trustee as I couldn’t see myself represented in the organisation’s governance – and I’m so glad I did! I hope this encourages other under-represented members to get involved as well.”

Helen admitted it was a real privilege to have been chosen to represent members from across the Eastern region on the Paramedic Council.

She said: “I'm hoping to work with the outgoing member representative, Graham Clark, over the next few weeks during the handover period and I would like to take this opportunity to thank him for his commitment to the College and members whilst he's been in this role.”

Helen added: “I'll be networking across the area and invite you to contact me to say hello and suggest ways that the College can support you. 
“I'll be listening and speaking on your behalf.  Thank you once again for your confidence in me as your new representative and I look forward to serving you in the East and contributing to the development of our exciting profession.”

In addition to the Professional Standards Trustee position, full members also had the opportunity to stand as Trustees for Research, Membership and Communication, Education and Honorary Treasurer.
In the cases of Research and Membership and Communication, the election was uncontested so the incumbents, Georgette Eaton (Research) and Richard Webber (Membership and Communication) continue in their respective roles for a second and final term until 2024.

Vince Clarke, the existing Trustee for Education won the vote and will also continue in the role until 2024.

Unfortunately, there were no candidates for the position of Honorary Treasurer, but we hope this will change when we go out for candidates again this week. 
Full members of the College of Paramedics are eligible to stand as a candidate to be a Trustee when a position becomes available. Trustee candidates are voted on by Congress members, meaning both the Board of Trustees and the Paramedic Council.

As the governing body of the College of Paramedics, the Board of Trustee is legally responsible for the College as a charity, they have an oversight role and seek assurance from the Chief Executive that the organisation is legally and financially sound and complying with its charitable purpose, outlined in the College charitable objects. Individual Trustees also have portfolio responsibilities of providing constructive and supportive critical observation of specified College workstreams.

The Paramedic Council is the collective voice for the members and the communities they represent, ensuring that the members’ voice is ever-present in shaping the strategic direction and vision of the College. The Council, which has representatives from across the UK, also plays a leading role in helping to build on the College’s existing work and future of the profession. 


 
 

Announcing the Recipients of our 2022 Honours & Awards

25/07/2022


The College of Paramedics is today delighted to announce the recipients of this year’s Honours and Competitive Awards and we extend our heartfelt congratulations to them all.

In the category of Fellowship, the award goes to Richard Lee. To be recognised as a Fellow of the College of Paramedics, recipients need to have made an outstanding contribution to the achievement of the College and the paramedic profession. And Richard is a perfect example of this.

Currently, the Chief Operating Officer for St John Ambulance, Richard, has been a paramedic for the last 27 years and admits he couldn’t be prouder about being awarded a fellowship. 

He said: “Ever since I qualified as a paramedic in 1995 I have been lucky enough to meet people, visit places, see things and have experiences that I never imagined I would have. This Fellowship Award is a real honour for me but I hope my crewmates, colleagues, mentors, fellow medical professionals and patients will all accept a part of it. Thank you to the College of Paramedics and here is to the future of our great profession. These are difficult times but I am very proud to be a small part in the world of paramedicine.”

There are two awards in the Companionship category, with both individuals, Carl Smith and Jacqueline O’Neill, each having made a distinctive contribution to the paramedic profession. For this award the recipient’s professional achievements may not be exclusively in paramedicine. 

Carl is an Advanced Paramedic in Critical Care with East of England Ambulance Service and also an on-call firefighter with over 25 years experience and an associate tutor at the University of East Anglia.

He said: “It was such a surprise when the College contacted me, informing me that I had won this award in recognition of my joint work as a paramedic and a firefighter. It has been a privilege to have worked for the Fire and Rescue Service and Ambulance Service for 25 years and it has given me a unique understanding of the strengths and benefits both services have to offer, bringing them together to deliver care to the public we serve. I am extremely proud to accept this award on behalf of the colleagues who have supported me.”

Jacqueline, a paramedic and Community Resuscitation Development Officer with Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, is equally delighted with her award.

“I am honoured to be named as Companion of the College of Paramedics, in recognition of my work as a paramedic and an educator,” she says.

“I am both delighted and humbled to be acknowledged in this way by my peers, and in receiving this recognition, I wish to acknowledge all my ambulance service colleagues and Community First Responder volunteers here in Northern Ireland who work every day to save lives and help those most in need of our care.”

She added: “As a paramedic and Community Resuscitation Development Officer I am passionate about continuing to develop access to educational opportunities for everyone, in a bid to increase survival rates of those who suffer an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, as well as supporting the further advancement of the paramedic profession.”

The Student of the Year Award this year goes to Chloe Keeping. This award is given in recognition of outstanding effort made by a pre-registration paramedic student in their final year of study, nominated by their course lecturers. 

Chloe, who has just finished her Paramedic Science course at the University of Lincoln, always wanted to work as a healthcare professional but because she enjoys working in different environments and meeting new people, she knew the ambulance service and being a paramedic would be the perfect fit for her.

On winning her award, she said: “This has come as a massive surprise to me. The feedback I have had from the committee means a great deal to me ahead of qualifying. I would also like to send massive thanks to the University of Lincoln Paramedic programme team, especially the programme lead Sarah Christopher, for their ongoing support over the last three years and well done to all other nominees." 

The Roland Furber Award this year is awarded to Ed Griffiths, an Advanced Search and Rescue Paramedic with Bristow Helicopters Ltd on behalf of HM Coastguard. With his role involving aviation, rescue and clinical elements, Ed admits the thing he loves most about his job is the diversity.

He said: “It could be a maritime, coastal, mountain or an inland rescue. We often work alone in austere environments with critically ill or injured patients – undertaking clinical care within aviation and rescue considerations. This involves making decisions on compromise to achieve the best overall outcome.”

The recipients of the Roland Furber Award are qualified paramedics who have submitted an outstanding clinical case study of an incident they attended. 

While Ed admitted that his win was ‘unexpected’ he said it was a ‘real honour’ and that he was ‘totally thrilled’ to be recognised by the College. His clinical study was about a trauma incident involving a kitesurfer.

The judges on the Honours and Competitive Awards Committee were equally impressed with the standard of entries for the Carol Furber Award, whereby recipients have to be pre-registration paramedic students who submit an outstanding reflective case study of an incident they attended.

This year’s recipient, Orfhlaith McNulty, who is currently studying for her MSc in Paramedic Science at the University of Huddersfield said: “I am truly honoured to receive this award from the College of Paramedics for my reflective piece which was about an incident of central chest pain. I would like to say a huge thank you to Sakina Waller, my personal academic tutor, for supporting me with my entry and to Suzanne Lait who has been a wonderful mentor and friend during my time on placement.”

The final award this year is the Dr John Hinds Scholarship Award which goes to Barry Costello. The recipients of this award are pre-hospital responders in Ireland who have submitted an outstanding clinical case study of an incident they attended. Barry’s clinical study was about an incident of gunshot wounds to the lower extremities.

“To be a recipient of the Dr John Hinds Scholarship Award is a great honour, and one I will be forever thankful for,” says Barry, who qualified as a paramedic in 2020 and now works for Northern Ireland Ambulance Service.

“I started out in St. John ambulance west Belfast division in 2016 doing First Aid at the motorbike racing where the Motorcycle Union of Ireland’s medical team (the team John was a part of) would operate, and it was there I first learned what a great person he was, the impact he had on others, and the passion he brought to his craft, and care of patients. Whilst I never met him, I was inspired by Dr John Hinds’ example, and passion for prehospital care, and partly why I pushed on to become a paramedic. 

“I am particularly interested in critical care, and as such I am very excited to be undertaking the Anaesthesia Trauma and Critical Care (ATACC) course later this year. I am also looking forward to having my case study published in the College of Paramedics’ Insight magazine for others to read.”

Speaking about all the nominations for this year’s awards, Chair of the Honours and Awards Committee, Bob Fellows, said: “Being Chair is a significant privilege and the whole committee loves to read the accolades from those who nominate their friends and colleagues for an ‘Honour.’ The applications this year were of a particularly high standard and the committee most definitely had their work cut out making their selections.”  

A special celebratory afternoon tea will take place on September 29 at the International Convention Centre Wales ICC which will be attended by all the recipients and those who nominated them.

To find out more about the Honours & Awards click here
 
 

College of Paramedics to host Emergency Services Mental Health Symposium event for 2022

25/07/2022



In November 2021, senior leaders from the Emergency Service came together at the inaugural symposium hosted by the Royal Foundation to make a landmark commitment to adopt a uniform approach to supporting the mental health of their emergency responder workforce.

This year, the College of Paramedics, in collaboration with other emergency service organisations will be hosting the ‘one year on’ event. The 2022 symposium will be held on the 23rd and 24th of November at Silverstone Race Circuit. The event promises to be the highlight of the year in terms of supporting all of our 999 responders' mental health and wellbeing, and a unique opportunity to come together to showcase the progress that has been made since last November and the signing of the Mental Health at Work Commitment by all.

If you have any suggestions or experience of any wellbeing support work that you feel would be important to consider for inclusion in the programme for this symposium then please email all details to wellbeingsymposium@collegeofparamedics.co.uk. Similarly, if you would like to be the first to receive updates on this event you can also send an email to the same address.

The Success of International Paramedics Day 2022

25/07/2022



International Paramedics Day: What a day of celebration for paramedics, first responders and anyone working in pre-hospital care around the globe! We came together as one and told the world why we’re proud to be paramedics.

As well as celebrating the vital role that paramedics play in supporting people's mental and physical wellbeing, often in the most challenging of circumstances, the day itself was a chance to promote and raise awareness about the many different settings paramedics now work in including primary and secondary care, GP surgeries, research, education, military, offshore, helicopter emergency medical services and telephone triage systems.

With the help of our 40 partners, across 18 countries, International Paramedics Day became a buzzword on social media on July 8 as student paramedics, paramedics, first responders, ambulance trusts, higher education institutions and affiliated organisations from around the world joined forces to make the day a huge global success on social media.

There were celebrity endorsements from the likes of Love Island’s Dr Alex George, former Strictly star AJ Pritchard and new Health Secretary Steve Barclay, not to mention global media coverage from CNN, BBC, ITV, Sun Live New Zealand, Buzz Radio Texas, Star Weekly Australia and CBS.

The level of engagement we saw @ParamedicsUK on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter was unprecedented for the College and at one point #ProudToBeAParamedic and #InternationalParamedicsDay were both trending respectively in third and fourth position on Twitter.

And who can forget the blooper video from Luton paramedics, Dave Tamarro and Joe Cartwright as they tried to explain what it was like to do their jobs but were overcome with uncontrollable laughter. It was number one on the BBC and ITV video news pages.

None of this would have been possible, however, without your support and participation so THANK YOU. Our aim was always to make International Paramedics Day a real moment of pride and joy for the profession and hopefully, you’ll agree, we achieved that.

If you haven’t had a chance to look at all the amazing videos and images sent in from paramedics here in the UK and abroad then why not head to www.internationalparamedicsday.com and check them out while you still have time.

Cancellation of ‘The Future is Bright’ Future Workforce Mental Health Project Conference and the First Contact Practitioner Portfolio Support Event

18/07/2022


   
Tuesday 19th July 2022, Birmingham

The College understands that CPD remains one of the main reasons for becoming a member of the College of Paramedics and we aim to continue growing our CPD offering in the months to come. However, the forecast of record-breaking temperatures for today and tomorrow, and the critical infrastructure impact has become so great that we feel, with regret, that we have no alternative but to cancel some of our face-to-face events that were due to take place in Birmingham tomorrow (Tuesday 19th July), with Birmingham seemingly at the epicentre of the warning.

We apologise for the late notice as we would ideally have liked to make this decision last week, but we were unsure of the plans of the major travel providers, and it appears that they have cancelled or intend to cancel all major routes in the area affected by the red weather warning. Friday was also consumed by press requests asking the College Comms team to comment in the media about the unacceptable hospital handover delays, so we apologise that this decision has been made later than we would have liked.

We would still be delighted to see you at our virtual CPD and AGM despite this postponement, so please do register for this on-line event using the link here

I am sorry we have had to take this decision, but your health and welfare is always so important, and it is highly likely that any travel to this event may have led to attendees being stranded or stuck in the inevitable road problems that we are already seeing today.

Tracy Nicholls
Chief Executive

NASMeD Clinical Guidance: Extreme Heat Emergency

18/07/2022


The National Ambulance Service Medical Directors (NASMeD) has produced this guidance on Heat Related Illness. Click here to read.



2021 Annual Report and Accounts

15/07/2022


   
The College of Paramedics 2021 Annual Report and Accounts will be presented to the members at the Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 19th July 2022.

They are available to read here.

You can also read the highlights of 2021 in our Impact Report.  

This short and bright booklet highlights all the main achievements of the College of Paramedics during 2021. It is our aim and hope that this report will provide a very interesting, yet concise, outline of the work that the College does on behalf of its members, on a yearly basis.



All Over-50s to be Offered COVID-19 Booster and Flu Jab this Autumn

15/07/2022


   
Everyone aged 50 and over will be among those offered a COVID-19 booster and a flu jab this autumn under plans to increase protection against respiratory viruses ahead of winter.

On COVID-19 boosters, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has now published its final recommendations for this autumn’s programme.

Under the advice, those eligible for a further dose will be:
- Residents in a care home for older adults and staff working in care homes for older adults
- Frontline health and social care workers*
- All adults aged 50 and over
- Those aged 5 to 49 years in a clinical risk group**, including pregnant women
- Those aged 5 to 49 years who are household contacts of people with immunosuppression
- Those aged 16 to 49 years who are carers***

The final eligible groups are broader than those announced in the JCVI’s interim advice in May. The committee considered the recent epidemiology of the BA.4 and BA.5 waves, as well as the benefits of aligning the COVID-19 programme with the flu vaccine rollout, concluding that expanding the offer would provide necessary protection to those at higher risk of severe illness and keep greater numbers of people out of hospital.

All eligible groups are encouraged to take up the vaccine when it is offered, even if they have had a spring booster, to give themselves the best possible protection against COVID-19 this winter.

In addition, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) will once again be offering the free flu vaccine to additional groups. These groups will only be eligible once the most vulnerable, including previously announced pre-school and primary school children, those aged 65 years and over and those in clinical risk groups, have been offered the jab.

The additional groups set to be offered the free flu vaccine in England will be:
- All adults aged 50 to 64 years
- Secondary school children in years 7, 8 and 9, who will be offered the vaccine in order of school year (starting with the youngest first)

The NHS will announce in due course when and how eligible groups will be able to book an appointment for their COVID-19 autumn booster, and when people aged 50 to 64 years old who are not in a clinical risk group will be able to get their free flu jab.

People in these groups are asked not to come forward until further information is announced.

Commenting on the autumn COVID-19 booster programme, Professor Anthony Harnden, Deputy Chair of the JCVI, said: “We have provided our final recommendations for the autumn programme to ensure the NHS and wider health system has time to plan a vaccine rollout well ahead of the winter season.

“The COVID-19 boosters are highly effective at increasing immunity and, by offering a further dose to those at higher risk of severe illness this autumn, we hope to significantly reduce the risk of hospitalisations and deaths over the winter.”

Dr Mary Ramsay, Head of Immunisation at UKHSA, said: “Widening the eligibility for the flu vaccine will help reduce the number of people getting seriously ill and ease pressures on the NHS, particularly during the busy winter period.

“It is also important that everyone eligible for the COVID-19 booster gets the jab when invited, including pregnant women, who are among those at higher risk. Having COVID-19 during pregnancy can lead to complications. Getting the vaccine, including a booster, offers the best possible protection for you and your baby.”


Stroke - GIRFT Programme National Specialty Report

13/07/2022


   
Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) is an NHS England programme designed to improve treatment and care by reviewing health services, and in April 2022 a GIRFT report was published on Stroke services (full report can be read here ). The College welcomes this detailed report and is particularly pleased to see highlighted the importance of effective and efficient management of stroke in the pre-hospital phase. Within the report, the College has been given three recommendations relating to training and CPD opportunities around stroke management (page 16) – a plan on achieving these is currently being drafted. The report signposts to the website www.stroke-awareness.com which offers free pre-hospital stroke training developed in collaboration with Joe Dent, Lead for Stroke at the College of Paramedics.

Join us in celebrating International Paramedics Day on Friday, 8th July

7/07/2022

International Paramedics Day Update July 2022

In less than 24 hours we will be celebrating our first International Paramedics Day. And what a day it will be!

Check out the International Paramedics Day website at www.internationalparamedicsday.com and look at the photographs and video clips submitted by over 40 paramedics organisations and individuals from around the world

More than 40 paramedic associations, higher education institutions and affiliated organisations from around the world will come together to recognise and celebrate the care and dedication of paramedics, student paramedics, first responders and all those who work in pre-hospital care. From the UK to America, Africa to Australia, tomorrow is our chance to salute everyone who is proud to be a paramedic and remember the personal sacrifices and life-saving efforts they have made during the Covid-19 pandemic. And that’s exactly what one of our partners, the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives (AACE) plans to do.

Anna Parry, Deputy Managing Director of AACE said: “AACE is extremely pleased to be one of the key global partners supporting the inaugural International Paramedics Day.

“Paramedics – alongside other frontline clinical staff and volunteers – play a crucial role in the ambulance workforce, showing endless commitment and dedication to saving lives and caring for patients every day.

“At a time when the UK ambulance sector is under intense pressure, the wellbeing of our staff is of paramount importance, and publicly recognising and acknowledging the vital role paramedics play within the NHS workforce is an important way of saying thank you to them all.

“The theme of this year’s event may well be ‘proud to be a paramedic’ but we are indeed extremely proud to have paramedics as a vital part of our ambulance workforce and we join our international colleagues in celebrating the profession’s achievements.”

Watch our CEO Tracy Nicholls talking about the significance of this event in this short video.




So many of you have already shared why you are proud to be a paramedic on our amazing video showreel which you can watch @ParamedicsDay on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and share from Friday, 8th July. You will also find it on our International Paramedics Day website. 

And for those of you who haven’t yet engaged with the event, now is the time to let the world know why you love being a paramedic, supporting paramedics or training to be a paramedic. This is your moment to sing the praises of your colleagues, share your experiences and celebrate with your peers across the globe.

Simply spread the word on social media by getting involved with two key platforms:

International Paramedics Day: @ParamedicsDay on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

College of Paramedics: @ParamedicsUK on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube

Here are a few examples of how you can show your support on 8th July:

 

  • Watch our International Paramedics Day video showreel and share it
  • Listen to a podcast of Tracy Nicholls, CEO at the College of Paramedics, talking about International Paramedics Day and comment on it
  • Share your stories: Which job has been your most rewarding and why?
  • Talk about your experiences: What was your most memorable job and why?
  • Discuss your training: What has been your biggest milestone so far?
  • Upload your photographs of life as a paramedic
  • Use your phone to make a short video of yourself or colleagues – for example, chatting about why being a paramedic or a first responder is such a great career choice
  • Publish a few words that might inspire students or younger people considering a career as a paramedic or one of the other vital support roles
  • Share content created by your employer – or ask your employer to get involved
  • Interact with content posted by fellow paramedics, first responders, support staff and students from around the world
  • Check out the International Paramedics Day website at www.internationalparamedicsday.com and look at the photographs and video clips submitted by over 40 paramedics organisations and individuals from around the world
  • Visit the College of Paramedics - the professional body for UK paramedics – and find out how you can benefit from becoming a member: www.collegeofparamedics.co.uk


Don’t forget to use the hashtags: 


#ProudToBeAParamedic
#InternationalParamedicsDay
#IPD2022

 
 

 

House of Commons Westminster Hall Debate on Hospital Handover Delays

01/07/2022


   
The College has been pleased to partner with the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) on a number of aspects relating to the unacceptable hospital handover delays and the subsequent overcrowding of Emergency Departments. It is clear that this situation continues to cause harm to many who use our services so we are pleased to inform you that there is now a Westminster Hall debate on the 6th July. Westminster Hall debates give MPs an opportunity to raise local or national issues and receive a response from a government minister, and any MP can take part. This is a good way to get political influence. However, the next steps will be important and we call on you for your help if this matters or affects you.

If you feel able to take up the opportunity to write to your MP, we have designed a template for you to use (see below). Click here to find the MP for your constituency. The more MPs that support and/or attend this debate, the more coverage this topic will get.   
 
EXAMPLE LETTER

Dear (insert MP name here),
 
I am writing to you as a constituent and a member of the College of Paramedics. I work as a (Paramedic/EMT/insert title) at XXX.
 
On Wednesday 6th July at 09.30, there will be a Westminster Hall debate on Waiting Times for Ambulance and Emergency Care.
 
As your constituent, I am very concerned about the current level of pressure and strain on both the NHS and the entire urgent and emergency care pathway. Ambulance handover delays are unacceptable and Emergency Departments are dangerously crowded. Almost every day, my colleagues and I see patients, often frail and vulnerable, endure agonisingly long waits in ambulances and on trolleys. Add some local information about your Trust/ED to personalise this email. 
 
I am writing to ask if you could raise this important matter during the debate next week in Parliament. It is important to raise awareness of the pressures facing the NHS now so appropriate action can be taken ahead of next winter. Long waits harm our patients and we would like to see greater transparency about the true scale of handover delays and crowding in our Emergency Departments.

Yours sincerely

(Your name)
(Your contact details, including your address)


Download a Word document template of the letter here