We are delighted to announce that Amy Hobbs will be the new Chair of the Student Council

20/10/2021


The College of Paramedics is delighted to announce that Amy Hobbs will take over from Ben Vickers as the Chair of the Student Council from January 1, 2022.

Amy, who is a third-year paramedic student at the University of Hertfordshire has been the Eastern representative of the Student Council for the last 12 months.

In that time, as well as engaging, supporting and representing paramedic students in her region, Amy has been involved in organising the UK Student Paramedic Conference, volunteering at the College’s annual National Conference and sitting on the College’s Royal Charter task and finish group.  In 2021-21, she also co-chaired the EEAST learner reference group which she says provided her with ‘an invaluable understanding of how to effectively chair official meetings’.

Amy said:

Amy said:  “I am delighted to have been elected as the new Chair of the Student  Council. Over the last year, I have had the privilege to represent and amplify the voices of student paramedics in the East of England on the first year of the Student Council. I am very excited to drive forward discussions and initiatives that maximise the student paramedic experience as Chair in 2022. Alongside the student representatives, as well as the wider College of Paramedics and external organisations, I endeavour to build upon the fantastic foundations laid by Ben Vickars and Stella Branthonne-Foster; introducing new strategies to develop the opportunities of student paramedics across the UK.”

As Chair, Amy will be responsible for the leadership, co-ordination and representation of the Student Council within the College of Paramedics, and where appropriate, with external stakeholders. She will also be a voting member of the Paramedic Council.
 

 

 

e-Learning for Healthcare Paramedics Project

20/10/2021


e-Learning for Healthcare Paramedics Project

Have you just started or returned to university studying Paramedic Science?  Are you starting work as a paramedic for the first time, or an experienced paramedic looking to refresh and update your knowledge?  The College of Paramedics – e-Learning for Healthcare sessions aim to support individuals applying theory into practice, wherever you work.
 
Gary Strong, National CPD Lead, College of Paramedics commented,
"Quick and easy to access and produced by paramedics for paramedics, these sessions are invaluable for refreshing knowledge and applying learning in practice. They can be used by students to support their studies, newly qualified paramedics to reinforce their learning, or experienced paramedics for revision, and all who work alongside paramedics to develop applied clinical knowledge".   
 
What's included in the elearning programme? 
 
The programme now includes 13 modules, with sessions written by paramedics and subject matter experts on a wide range of topics.  
 
Clinical Decision Making for Paramedics 
End of Life and Palliative Care as Associated with Paramedic Practice 
Law and Ethics for Paramedics 
Long Term Conditions for Paramedics 
Mental Health for Paramedics 
Paediatrics for Paramedics 
Pain Management for Paramedics 
Public Health for Paramedics 
Management of Burns for Paramedics 
Maternity Care for Paramedics  
Supporting Paramedic Practice During COVID-19 
Urgent Care for Paramedics – Illness 
Urgent Care for Paramedics – Injuries 

The modules in this programme include interactive, CPD (Continuing Professional Development), 20 minute elearning sessions, designed to be accessed on a variety of mobile devices, including iPads and mobile phones.  Note that access to the programme is available throughout the United Kingdom.
 
How can I access the Paramedics elearning programme? 
For more information and to register for the elearning  programme, please see https://collegeofparamedics.co.uk/COP/Professional_development/E-Learning/COP/ProfessionalDevelopment/E-Learning.aspx?hkey=65933c90-15d9-4d09-83b6-5e3c82915e4c 
 
Wound Care e-Learning
 
Paramedics may also be interested in the Essentials of Wound Care Education for the Health and Care Workforce. This elearning programme aims to develop the knowledge and skills required to enable appropriate wound care to people in any setting. For more details, visit the elearning. 


 
 

 

WATCH: How Trained First Responders are Supporting NHS Ambulance Services to Deliver Lifesaving CPR

18/10/2021


WATCH: How trained first responders are supporting NHS ambulance services to deliver lifesaving CPR

A new film from NHS England and NHS Improvement and GoodSAM is highlighting the stories of people who survived a cardiac arrest thanks to the quick-thinking actions of those nearby.

It is currently estimated that the survival rate for out of hospital cardiac arrest is less than 9%. Two of the most important factors influencing survival are the early use of effective CPR and early defibrillation. GoodSAM works with ambulance services across England and the UK, alerting people trained in CPR to nearby cardiac arrests whilst an ambulance is on the way.

Professor Stephen Powis, NHS Medical Director says, “These stories of cardiac arrest survivors serve as a powerful reminder of impact of fast and effective use of CPR and defibrillation

“We know that the more people who learn CPR and feel confident in their skills the more lives we can save. By harnessing the technology of the GoodSAM app, NHS ambulance services can notify trained professionals who can potentially provide lifesaving help, whilst an ambulance is on its way.”  

If you’re a healthcare professional or first aider and you’d like to support, you can sign-up as a trained first responder and help to increase the chances of survival from cardiac arrest, visit the GoodSAM App to find out more:

www.goodsamapp.org/cardiac 
 

 

Discounted Ticket Price for ACP International Conference 2021

15/10/2021


Discounted Ticket Price for ACP International Conference 2021

The Australasian College of Paramedicine is pleased to offer members of the UK College of Paramedics a discounted ticket price to attend the online component of this year’s ACP International Conference. 

The conference theme is “What will you decide?”, providing attendees with a range of presentations to challenge thinking, explore changes in practice, and showcase the latest in pre-hospital research. 
ACP International is an in-depth comprehensive paramedic conference that focuses on providing the education and research that paramedics need. 
 
The format will include a mixture of online and in-person presentations, all of which will be streamed for attendees to view live or view recorded sessions at a convenient time. 
See full details here. 
 


William and Kate meet paramedic students at Ulster University

01/10/2021


William and Kate meet paramedic students at Ulster University

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Ulster University’s Magee Campus in Derry-Londonderry on Wednesday 29th September to speak to paramedic students about how their studies are progressing. 


- Prince William speaking to Chris McFaul and Alicia Campbell, student paramedics, Ulster University


- as above, with Paul Corns, Lecturer in Paramedic Science in the picture


- Kate Middleton with Alicia Campbell, student paramedic, Ulster University



College of Paramedics 20th Anniversary

23/09/2021


College of Paramedics 20th Anniversary
We want to hear from you
 

We are delighted to announce that the College of Paramedics will be celebrating its 20th anniversary later this year and as part of the celebrations we are planning a commemorative issue of the December issue of Paramedic INSIGHT. We would love it for members to contribute to this very special issue so we are calling on you to submit your memories of that time. Do you have any photographs you would be happy to share? How old were you at the time of your story? Where were you based? What was a typical shift like back then? Can you recall a professional highlight from 2001? Is there one particular anecdote from 20 years ago that you still remember fondly? Do you remember how much you were paid? What was your uniform like? If you would like to share a memory or experience from that time please email events@collegeofparamedics.co.uk with your pictures and no more than 300 words by Friday 1st October.

Please note we will try to include as many of the submissions as we can although we cannot guarantee all will be included in this special anniversary issue.
 

Opportunities to join AHP Social Prescribing Champion Scheme for student champions or AHP mentors 

22/09/2021


The Social Prescribing Student Champion Scheme is welcoming AHP students to its champion programme for the first time after a highly successful four years with medical students. We are now inviting AHP students to get involved with promoting Social Prescribing in universities and across our AHP communities nationwide. 
Through the scheme, you’ll have access to a library of resources for promoting Social Prescribing and your part in it, support and mentoring from practising healthcare professionals, and the opportunity for multi-disciplinary work with students from across all healthcare professions. Want to learn essential skills, make connections in healthcare and have something incredible to put on your CV?

Find out more and apply here:
https://www.spforall.org/ 
Applications are now open, and close on the 8th November 2021.

We are also looking for qualified AHPs with an active interest in social prescribing to get involved in mentoring our champions. This isn’t a significant time commitment, and is an excellent opportunity for CPD. 

Contact us: ahpspchamps@gmail.com
 

 

“Sharing our Vision” Roadshow - Northern Ireland

21/09/2021


“Sharing our Vision” Roadshow - Northern Ireland
Sunday 3rd October 2021


Both heads of Clinical Development, Helen Beaumont-Waters MCPara (Primary and Urgent Care) and Tony Stone MCPara (Emergency and Critical Care) are excited to announce that Northern Ireland will be the first destination in their UK wide “Sharing our Vision” Engagement Roadshow. This will be a networking event where you, our valued members, can meet us face to face and let us know what is important to you. We want you to share your ideas and let us know how we can support clinical development in Northern Ireland and shape our future vision and work-stream priorities.

We would be delighted if you could join us at one of our scheduled sessions which will be held on Sunday 3rd October. Morning sessions will be at the Holiday Inn at Derry/Londonderry and the afternoon sessions at the Premier Inn at Lisburn. We would love to hear how you feel we can support and develop you and your colleagues whether that be in a primary, emergency or critical care setting and also, share any ideas which you feel could impact the wider Northern Ireland paramedic workforce.

To ensure we are able to listen to individuals, and also to keep in line with venue COVID restrictions, places will need to be pre-booked via this Microsoft Forms link.

We are really looking forward to hearing your ideas, and we can’t wait to meet you.

HELEN BEAUMONT-WATERS MCPara
Head of Clinical Development for Primary and Urgent Care

TONY STONE MCPara
Head of Clinical Development for Emergency and Critical Care
 

Be Part of the Royal British Legion’s 2022 Remembrance Campaign

17/09/2021


In 2022, The Royal British Legion's theme for Remembrance is around the concept of 'service', and they would like to invite members of the College of Paramedics to take part.

As part of the Legion’s Remembrance remit, they remember both the armed forces and the emergency services, and as such are looking to feature stories of service through different prisms – military and civilian, different types of service, and the various backgrounds of those who serve. They would particularly like to capture the notion of service through the lens of paramedics – whether that’s working through the early days of the pandemic, supporting your local community or going above and beyond for your patients. The focus of this article is very much on the individual, their personal experience and providing an essential service. It is not a historical narrative of the event.

They are looking to include 2 or 3 testimonials from the College of Paramedics and you must be happy to include a picture of yourself. 

The article will appear on The Royal British Legion’s website as part of their educational and community engagement resources.
For more information about taking part in this initiative please contact Elizabeth Shipton on elisabethshipton@gmail.com by Tuesday 28 September.
 

Making Vaccination a Condition of Deployment in the Health and Social Care Sector Consultation

16/09/2021


Making vaccination a condition of deployment in the health and social care sector consultation. 

On the 9th September the Department of Health and Social Care launched the ‘Making vaccination a condition of deployment in the health and wider social care sector’ consultation. The consultation proposes that, if introduced, requirements would apply to frontline health and care workers, those with face-to face contact with patients through the delivery of services as part of a CQC regulated activity. It would mean that only those workers that are vaccinated could be deployed (or those with a legitimate medical exemption) to deliver those services.

The College of Paramedics has emailed all of its members encouraging them to take part in the consultation, and also to offer the opportunity to share their opinions with the College via completion of a survey by 23:45 on the 4th October 2021. The survey responses received will contribute towards the College of Paramedics consultation submission on behalf of members and the paramedic profession. If any member has not received this email, please go to the Member Login page of our website, log in and check that we have the correct contact details for you. 

More information on the consultation and how to submit your own personal response can be found here…
https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/making-vaccination-a-condition-of-deployment-in-the-health-and-wider-social-care-sector 
 


Four New Appointments Made To The Paramedic Council

15/09/2021


The College of Paramedics would like to announce four new appointments made to the Paramedic Council.

The College of Paramedics would today like to welcome the following four member representatives to the Paramedic Council. They are: 

Scott Howie – Military and Overseas


Jon Price – North West


Darran Griffiths – Wales


David Huckin – East Midlands


Each representative put themselves forward for the role and was nominated by four members from their region. The Military and Overseas position was the only role determined by an election as there was more than one candidate standing.

As the new member representative for Military and Overseas, Scott Howie says: “I hope to bring together opportunities for both the military and civilian sectors so that they may learn from each other, sharing best practice and experience’.
Within the RAF, Scott has held down a number of roles including being the only paramedic within the RAF Mountain Rescue Service, deploying healthcare in Afghanistan and Romania and overseeing the RAF Paramedic Clinical Hub within London Ambulance Service. 

For Jon Price, being the member representative for the North West won’t exactly be a new experience given that he’s been the interim representative for this region for the last five months.
Back in March, Jon acknowledged that representation in the North West was traditionally very poor and said he wanted to change that.
Now, as he continues into a full term as North West’s representative, he admits he’s delighted to have the opportunity to build on the progress he’s made. 
“The support I have received to date has been fabulous,” he says. “And I am looking forward to further engaging and interacting with paramedics from across the region to ensure that they are kept informed of the College’s work and that their voices are heard by the Paramedic Council and the wider College team.”

Darran Griffiths is equally passionate about ensuring the views of paramedics in Wales are heard by the College so put himself forward to be their member representative. 
A paramedic and College member since 2005, Darran believes his experience in building good relationships with external partners and stakeholders throughout his career will help him represent our Welsh members. “I feel that with my experience in clinical management I am very good at organising my workloads which would be an advantage in terms of the time I can commit to meetings and tasks given by the College,” he said.

Thanks to 15 years spent working in the education sector as a teacher and then a consultant getting schools out of special measures, followed by the last seven years in health care, where he is currently working as a paramedic for East Midlands Ambulance Service, David Huckin says he is no stranger to governance and believes he possesses ‘the transferable skills to be able to sit on the Paramedic Council and represent my esteemed colleagues who I have the privilege to work with.’
As the member representative for East Midlands, David says: “I am passionate about developing the role of paramedic in the UK and am always excited to see how the profession is beginning to branch out into other areas such as GP surgeries and the criminal justice system.”

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 the future of the profession.
The College will be holding bi-elections in the Autumn and is looking for member representative candidates for Scotland, Northern Ireland, the North East and West Midlands. Further details can be found here 
 


Your Paramedic Scope of Practice Updated

14/09/2021


The College of Paramedics Education Advisory Group have updated our Scope of Practice document (September 2021) to provide members with clear and definitive information to outline the fundamental principles, standards and guidelines underpinning scope of practice. It replaces all previous versions. Scope of practice is defined as the limit of knowledge, skills and experience which individuals possess in relation to their professional role, and the enactment of these lawfully, safely and effectively (HCPC, 2020).

Paramedics will be able to identify and reflect upon their level of competence and understand the limits of their practice. Based on a self-evaluation of their abilities against the accepted professional scope of practice, the Paramedic is then able to identify and prioritise their own learning needs and where they should aim to improve their skills and competency. This guidance does not define a list of clinical procedures a paramedic may perform. Instead, it outlines the boundaries within Paramedic practice that maintains the profession’s continuity over time, whilst still accommodating developments that occur in practice. A range of theoretical and practical orientations inform the scope necessary to practise as a paramedic in a particular setting (such as a set of employer-specified clinical procedural skills), this scope of practice is intended to be generic and applicable to Paramedics working across all settings, and all domains of practice.


 


The Gratitude Games, Launches to Support the Mental Health of Emergency Service and NHS Workers

09/09/2021


The Gratitude Games, Launches to Support the Mental Health of Emergency Service and NHS Workers


The Gratitude Games, a new sporting event to support the mental health of emergency service and NHS workers is calling on the British public and businesses to donate to their fundraising appeal.

1 in 4 (27%) emergency service workers have considered ending their lives due to stress and other factors , and this has only been amplified by the pandemic, with 69%  reporting that their mental health has worsened since the start of Covid-19. 

The first Gratitude Games will be hosted by the Cities of Manchester and Salford from 27th April – 29th May 2022 at leading venues, including the iconic Etihad campus. The Games will unite over 20,000 Emergency Responders and their families, across 20 different sports. From the whole of the NHS and the Fire and Rescue Service, to RNLI and Cave Rescue, workers from 17 different Emergency Services will be able to take part. The event will be open to all sporting abilities, and the triathlon and road running events (including a 5k and 10k), will also be open to the public. 

The funds raised will be deployed through four existing specialist organisations – Police Care UK, The Fire Fighters Charity, The Ambulance Staff Charity and Duty to Care (NHS) - who collectively support all emergency responders to improve their mental health. Duty to Care, for example, provides NHS workers with free one to one online consultations. This is followed by wellbeing support including coaching, yoga and other holistic interventions. 

The Gratitude Games is the brainchild of serving Buckinghamshire fire fighter Mike Downard and sports industry veteran Simon Rider, who founded the charity UK Emergency Services Giving (UKESG) to help ensure every Emergency Responder has access to the tailored mental health support they need.

To find out more and register your interest visit: www.gratitudegames.uk 
 


RPS Competency Framework for All Prescribers Updated

07/09/2021


The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has updated its Competency Framework for all Prescribers, which sets out what good prescribing looks like across all health professions.
 
The framework is for all regulators, professional bodies, education providers, prescribing professions and patients/carers to use. It can be used by any prescriber at any point in their career, regardless of their professional background or setting and applies equally to independent prescribers, community practitioner nurse prescribers and supplementary prescribers. The framework can be used as a self-assessment tool, to inform standards and education of health professionals and by prescribing trainees to evidence they are delivering the competencies required of their role.
 
After a six week public consultation, the scope of the framework has been expanded, 12 new supporting statements have been included and new information sections added. An online version of the framework is also now available along with a Welsh version, examples in practice, a presentation, help on how to evidence your competency and further supporting resources.
 
RPS lead for the Competency Framework Regina Ahmed said: 
“A common set of competencies should underpin prescribing, regardless of professional background, to enable all prescribers to practise safely and effectively.  It applies equally to independent prescribers, community practitioner nurse prescribers and supplementary prescribers.
 
Multi professional input has been essential to manage the update of the framework on behalf of all the prescribing professions in the UK and I’d like to thank those who have worked with is to produce this new version.”
 
Read the RPS Competency Framework for all Prescribers.
 
Come to our webinar explaining the updated framework  on Thursday, 23 September 7.30pm - 8.30pm

 


Increased Ambulance Handover Delays Threatening Patient Safety, RCEM and College of Paramedics Warn

07/09/2021

PRESS STATEMENT – 6 SEPTEMBER 2021
Increased ambulance handover delays threatening patient safety, RCEM and College of Paramedics warn




A new snapshot survey by the Royal College of Emergency Medicine has found that in August 2021 half of respondents stated that their Emergency Department had been forced to hold patients outside in ambulances every day, compared to just over a quarter in October 2020 and less than one-fifth in March 2020.

The survey, sent out to Emergency Department Clinical Leads across the UK, also found that half of respondents described how their Emergency Department had been forced to provide care for patients in corridors every day, while nearly three-quarters said their department was unable to maintain social distancing every day.

One-third said that the longest patient stay they had had in their Emergency Department was between 24 and 48 hours, with seven per cent reporting the longest stay to be more than 48 hours. 

Dr Ian Higginson, Vice President of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, said:

“It is shocking to see the extent of the challenges faced by Emergency Departments across the UK. Holding ambulances, corridor care, long stays – these are all unconscionable practices that cause
harm to patients. But the scale of the pressures right now leaves doctors and nurses no options. We are doing all we can to maintain flow, maximise infection prevention control measures, and maintain social distancing. Our priority is to keep patients  safe, and ensure we deliver effective care quickly and efficiently, but it is extremely difficult right now.

“The data is stark, and this is August. Our members are really worried about what may come in autumn and winter. We have a duty to our patients and staff. Currently there is extremely high demand - for a number of reasons  - but demand is not the whole picture. Demand presents a challenge because of the limitations of hospital space, workforce shortages, difficulties arranging quick ambulance handovers, smooth care and safe discharge of patients from wards, and a lack of services and alternatives to admission, particularly in the evenings and at weekends.
“The health service entered the pandemic short of staff, with less beds, and underprepared. Throughout the pandemic these shortages have been felt, but with demand higher than ever before, and with a workforce that is burned out, these shortages are felt more acutely than ever.”

Commenting on the increase in ambulance handover delays, Tracy Nicholls, Chief Executive of the College of Paramedics, said:

“The College of Paramedics’ members also speak passionately about the potential for harm to those patients who, as a consequence of these lengthy ambulance handover delays, can wait an unacceptably long time for help. It is deeply concerning.
“Like the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, we recognise that all partners are working exceptionally hard to manage this situation and current demand. The reality is, however, that unless effective actions are taken now to ease the system pressures, more and more patients will face these delays as we head into another difficult winter, and both paramedics and ambulance clinicians across the UK will face the brunt of any further increase in demand.
“We urge NHS leadership to take action now to mitigate this risk wherever possible and protect both patients and our collective workforce from the inevitable pressure that we face if nothing is done.”

The survey also found that over 80% of respondents had little or no confidence in their organisation’s ability to safely and effectively manage the current or predicted combination of pressures as we head into winter.

Dr Higginson continued:


“The final response that found an overwhelming lack of confidence signals something deeply troubling. The College has consistently warned of the upcoming winter and ongoing pressures. It is time we saw leadership and an equivalent response. There must be a comprehensive plan for the current demand and upcoming winter that include short- and long-term solutions to tackle these serious challenges. If ambulance services and Emergency Departments cannot cope with ongoing pressures, then it is patients and the workforce looking after them who will suffer. The winter could lead the health service into a serious crisis. Patients and staff must have assurance that they, their Emergency Department and their hospital will get what they need to manage.”


About the Royal College of Emergency Medicine 

The Royal College of Emergency Medicine is the single authoritative body for Emergency Medicine in the UK. Emergency Medicine is the medical specialty which provides doctors and consultants to A&E departments in the NHS in the UK and other healthcare systems across the world. 

The Royal College works to ensure high quality care by setting and monitoring standards of care and providing expert guidance and advice on policy to relevant bodies on matters relating to Emergency Medicine.

The Royal College has over 10,000 fellows and members, who are doctors and consultants in Emergency Departments working in the health services in England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland, and across the world.
 

About the College of Paramedics

The College of Paramedics is the recognised professional body for all paramedics in the UK, whose role is to promote and develop the paramedic profession across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
The College was established in 2001, is a membership organisation with over 21,000 members, and a Charity, registered with the Charities Commission, since 2015. 

The College represents its members in all matters affecting their clinical practice, supporting them to achieve the highest possible standards of patient care through a broad membership of a variety of national stakeholder working groups, advisory committees and ongoing research projects. 

The College of Paramedics provides advice to members and student members alike and is a source of information and guidance for those who are considering becoming a paramedic. The College of Paramedics supports the paramedic profession through publication of a wide range of documents that underpin the profession.
 


Joint Editorial on Climate and Health from Health Journals Around the World

06/09/2021


Call for emergency action to limit global temperature increases, restore biodiversity, and protect health
Wealthy nations must do much more, much faster

Lukoye Atwoli, Editor in Chief, East African Medical Journal; Abdullah H. Baqui, Editor in Chief, Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition; Thomas Benfield, Editor in Chief, Danish Medical Journal; Raffaella Bosurgi, Editor in Chief, PLOS Medicine; Fiona Godlee, Editor in Chief, The BMJ; Stephen Hancocks, Editor in Chief, British Dental Journal; Richard Horton, Editor in Chief, The Lancet; * Laurie Laybourn-Langton, Senior Adviser, UK Health Alliance on Climate Change; Carlos Augusto Monteiro, Editor in Chief, Revista de Saúde Pública; Ian Norman, Editor in Chief, International Journal of Nursing Studies; Kirsten Patrick, Interim Editor in Chief, CMAJ; Nigel Praities, Executive Editor, The Pharmaceutical Journal; Marcel GM Olde Rikkert, Editor in Chief, Dutch Journal of Medicine; Eric J. Rubin, Editor in Chief, The New England Journal of Medicine; Peush Sahni, Editor in Chief, National Medical Journal of India; Richard Smith, Chair, UK Health Alliance on Climate Change; Nicholas J. Talley, Editor in Chief, Medical Journal of Australia; Sue Turale, Editor in Chief, International Nursing Review; Damián Vázquez, Editor in Chief, Pan American Journal of Public Health.

The UN General Assembly in September 2021 will bring countries together at a critical time for marshalling collective action to tackle the global environmental crisis. They will meet again at the biodiversity summit in Kunming, China, and the climate conference (COP26) in Glasgow, UK. Ahead of these pivotal meetings, we—the editors of health journals worldwide—call for urgent action to keep average global temperature increases below 1.5°C, halt the destruction of nature, and protect health.

Health is already being harmed by global temperature increases and the destruction of the natural world, a state of affairs health professionals have been bringing attention to for decades.1 The science is unequivocal; a global increase of 1.5°C above the pre-industrial average and the continued loss of biodiversity risk catastrophic harm to health that will be impossible to reverse.2,3 Despite the world’s necessary preoccupation with covid-19, we cannot wait for the pandemic to pass to rapidly reduce emissions.

Reflecting the severity of the moment, this editorial appears in health journals across the world. We are united in recognising that only fundamental and equitable changes to societies will reverse our current trajectory. The risks to health of increases above 1.5°C are now well established.2 Indeed, no temperature rise is “safe.” In the past 20 years, heat related mortality among people aged over 65 has increased by more than 50%.4 Higher temperatures have brought increased dehydration and renal function loss, dermatological malignancies, tropical infections, adverse mental health outcomes, pregnancy complications, allergies, and cardiovascular and pulmonary morbidity and mortality.5,6 Harms disproportionately affect the most vulnerable, including children, older populations, ethnic minorities, poorer communities, and those with underlying health problems.2,4

Global heating is also contributing to the decline in global yield potential for major crops, falling by 1.8-5.6% since 1981; this, together with the effects of extreme weather and soil depletion, is hampering efforts to reduce undernutrition.4 Thriving ecosystems are essential to human health, and the widespread destruction of nature, including habitats and species, is eroding water and food security and increasing the chance of pandemics.3,7,8

The consequences of the environmental crisis fall disproportionately on those countries and communities that have contributed least to the problem and are least able to mitigate the harms. Yet no country, no matter how wealthy, can shield itself from these impacts. Allowing the consequences to fall disproportionately on the most vulnerable will breed more conflict, food insecurity, forced displacement, and zoonotic disease—with severe implications for all countries and communities. As with the covid-19 pandemic, we are globally as strong as our weakest member.

Rises above 1.5°C increase the chance of reaching tipping points in natural systems that could lock the world into an acutely unstable state. This would critically impair our ability to mitigate harms and to prevent catastrophic, runaway environmental change.9,10

Global targets are not enough
Encouragingly, many governments, financial institutions, and businesses are setting targets to reach net-zero emissions, including targets for 2030. The cost of renewable energy is dropping rapidly. Many countries are aiming to protect at least 30% of the world’s land and oceans by 2030.11

These promises are not enough. Targets are easy to set and hard to achieve. They are yet to be matched with credible short- and longer-term plans to accelerate cleaner technologies and transform societies. Emissions reduction plans do not adequately incorporate health considerations.12 Concern is growing that temperature rises above 1.5°C are beginning to be seen as inevitable, or even acceptable, to powerful members of the global community.13 Relatedly, current strategies for reducing emissions to net zero by the middle of the century implausibly assume that the world will acquire great capabilities to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.14,15

This insufficient action means that temperature increases are likely to be well in excess of 2°C,16 a catastrophic outcome for health and environmental stability. Crucially, the destruction of nature does not have parity of esteem with the climate element of the crisis, and every single global target to restore biodiversity loss by 2020 was missed.17 This is an overall environmental crisis.18

Health professionals are united with environmental scientists, businesses, and many others in rejecting that this outcome is inevitable. More can and must be done now—in Glasgow and Kunming—and in the immediate years that follow. We join health professionals worldwide who have already supported calls for rapid action.1,19

Equity must be at the centre of the global response. Contributing a fair share to the global effort means that reduction commitments must account for the cumulative, historical contribution each country has made to emissions, as well as its current emissions and capacity to respond. Wealthier countries will have to cut emissions more quickly, making reductions by 2030 beyond those currently proposed 20,21 and reaching net-zero emissions before 2050. Similar targets and emergency action are needed for biodiversity loss and the wider destruction of the natural world.

To achieve these targets, governments must make fundamental changes to how our societies and economies are organised and how we live. The current strategy of encouraging markets to swap dirty for cleaner technologies is not enough. Governments must intervene to support the redesign of transport systems, cities, production and distribution of food, markets for financial investments, health systems, and much more. Global coordination is needed to ensure that the rush for cleaner technologies does not come at the cost of more environmental destruction and human exploitation.

Many governments met the threat of the covid-19 pandemic with unprecedented funding. The environmental crisis demands a similar emergency response. Huge investment will be needed, beyond what is being considered or delivered anywhere in the world. But such investments will produce huge positive health and economic outcomes. These include high quality jobs, reduced air pollution, increased physical activity, and improved housing and diet. Better air quality alone would realise health benefits that easily offset the global costs of emissions reductions.22

These measures will also improve the social and economic determinants of health, the poor state of which may have made populations more vulnerable to the covid-19 pandemic. 23 But the changes cannot be achieved through a return to damaging austerity policies or the continuation of the large inequalities of wealth and power within and between countries.

Cooperation hinges on wealthy nations doing more
In particular, countries that have disproportionately created the environmental crisis must do more to support low- and middle-income countries to build cleaner, healthier, and more resilient societies. High income countries must meet and go beyond their outstanding commitment to provide US$100 billion a year, making up for any shortfall in 2020 and increasing contributions to and beyond 2025. Funding must be equally split between mitigation and adaptation, including improving the resilience of health systems.

Financing should be through grants rather than loans, building local capabilities and truly empowering communities, and should come alongside forgiving large debts, which constrain the agency of so many low-income countries. Additional funding must be marshalled to compensate for inevitable loss and damage caused by the consequences of the environmental crisis.

As health professionals, we must do all we can to aid the transition to a sustainable, fairer, resilient, and healthier world. Alongside acting to reduce the harm from the environmental crisis, we should proactively contribute to global prevention of further damage and action on the root causes of the crisis. We must hold global leaders to account and continue to educate others about the health risks of the crisis. We must join in the work to achieve environmentally sustainable health systems before 2040, recognising that this will mean changing clinical practice. Health institutions have already divested more than US$42 billion of assets from fossil fuels; others should join them.4

The greatest threat to global public health is the continued failure of world leaders to keep the global temperature rise below 1.5°C and to restore nature. Urgent, society-wide changes must be made and will lead to a fairer and healthier world. We, as editors of health journals, call for governments and other leaders to act, marking 2021 as the year that the world finally changes course.

Competing interests. All authors have completed the ICMJE disclosure form. FG serves on the executive committee for the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change and is a Trustee of the Eden Project. RS is the chair of Patients Know Best, has stock in UnitedHealth Group, has done consultancy work for Oxford Pharmagenesis, and is chair of the Lancet Commission of the Value of Death. The other authors declare no competing interests.

Provenance and peer review: Commissioned; not externally peer reviewed.

Note:
This editorial is being published simultaneously in many international journals. Please see the full list here: https://www.bmj.com/content/full-list-authors-and-signatories-climate-emergency-
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JCVI Issues Advice on Third Dose COVID-19 Vaccination for Severely Immunosuppressed

02/09/2021


The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) is advising that people with severely weakened immune systems should have a third vaccine dose as part of their primary COVID-19 vaccination schedule.

This third dose should be offered to people over 12 who were severely immunosuppressed at the time of their first or second dose, including those with leukaemia, advanced HIV and recent organ transplants. These people may not mount a full response to vaccination and therefore may be less protected than the wider population.

This offer is separate to any potential booster programme. The JCVI is still deliberating the potential benefits of booster vaccines for the rest of the population and is awaiting further evidence to inform this decision.

Immunosuppression varies widely in severity and duration. Many people who are immunosuppressed have lower levels of antibodies after COVID-19 vaccination, as some studies have shown.

Preliminary data from the OCTAVE trial showed that almost everyone who was immunosuppressed mounted an immune response after 2 doses, as indicated by either antibodies or T cells. However, in around 40% of people, the levels of antibodies were low. It is not clear how much this may affect protection against COVID-19 as antibodies represent only part of a person’s immune response.

People with severe immunosuppression are more likely to be severely ill if they do catch COVID-19.

Studies are ongoing to see how effective a third dose is for immunosuppressed people, but it is very unlikely to cause any harm. Therefore, on balance, the JCVI’s view is that a third dose can be safely offered as it may increase their protection.

Professor Wei Shen Lim, Chair of COVID-19 Immunisation for the JCVI, said:

“We want people with severely suppressed immune systems to have the best chance of gaining protection from COVID-19 via vaccination. Therefore, we are advising they have a third vaccine dose on top of their initial 2 doses, as we hope this will reduce their risk of severe outcomes such as hospitalisation and death.”

The JCVI advises that for adults aged 18 and older, either the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines be administered for the third dose, as a number of studies have reported an increased immune response in some immunosuppressed people after a third dose of an mRNA vaccine. For those aged 12 to 17, the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is preferred.

The decision on the timing of the third dose should be made by their specialist. As a general guide, the third dose should usually be at least 8 weeks after the second dose but with flexibility to adjust the timing so that, where possible, immunosuppression is at a minimum when the vaccine dose is given.

This will enable a better immune response to be generated. For example, it is preferable to give a vaccine dose before someone undergoes chemotherapy, rather than during their treatment.

Those with less serious immunosuppression are not included in this advice but are likely to become eligible for another dose as part of a potential booster programme, pending further advice from the JCVI.

In the event of a booster programme, it is expected that severely immunosuppressed people will also be offered a booster dose, at a suitable interval after their third dose.

A third primary dose is an extra ‘top-up’ dose for those who may not have generated a full immune response to the first 2 doses. In contrast, a booster dose is a later dose to extend the duration of protection from the primary course of vaccinations.

Paramedic Educators: New Simulation and Immersive Technologies Resources Now Available

31/08/2021



Health Education England’s (HEE) Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) team has published 2 new resources to support colleagues working in simulation and immersive technologies.

How to Develop a Virtual Reality (VR) 360 Degree Film - Part One has been written by Nick Peres, Immersive Technologies Advisor, and gives detailed instructions to learners focusing on technique, camera positioning, sound and directing a scene. The second part of this simulation toolkit, which focuses on post-production, will be available soon.

The Faculty Development Guidance is part of HEE TEL’s national toolkit to support the use of simulation in health and care. The comprehensive guide, which was developed with support from Simulation Reference Task and Finish group members, offers recommendations for organisations to run an effective and credible simulation faculty to ensure faculty members are trained and supported to deliver high quality simulation-based education. For more information about simulation and immersive technologies within HEE TEL please visit: https://www.hee.nhs.uk/our-work/technology-enhanced-learning/simulation-immersive-technologies.

Chair of the Student Council, Ben Vickars goes on the HCPC Register

31/08/2021


Congratulations to the Chair of the College of Paramedics Student Council, Ben Vickars, as he goes on the HCPC register. Ben, who successfully studied a BSc in Paramedic Science at St George’s, University of London, agreed that while his course was tough, it was made much more difficult because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
He said: “The last 18 months have not been easy, that’s for sure, but I’m so grateful for all the support that we’ve received, and for the work that everyone has put in to allow the course to continue. It’s a great feeling to finally be registered with the HCPC.” Ben will now be joining London Ambulance Service, working in South London, where he hopes to continue his interest in emergency preparedness and resilience.
As the Chair of the Student Council, Ben works with regional representatives to respond to student enquiries and concerns, provides a student voice to various organisations and College teams, and additionally engages team members in developing the pre-registration student paramedic pathway.

The BBC, Mental Health and You

26/08/2021


The BBC is currently looking for individuals to take part in a new documentary series about mental health, and would love a paramedic to take part. Could this be you?

The series which will be aired on BBC One early next year will feature the work of the charity, The Woodland Warrior Programme, which is run by a former Royal Marine and provides therapeutic weekends in the outdoors for emergency workers, key workers and veterans. Those chosen for the TV series will need to take part in bushcraft activities such as foraging, tracking, archery, wild cooking, building shelters and making fires, and the outdoor activities will provide a safe space in which they can open up and talk about their own mental health experiences.
The Woodland Warrior Programme is designed to provide participants with the ability to learn new skills, build self-reliance and esteem, strengthen social bonding and help them relax.
The documentary film-makers are particularly keen to include a paramedic in the series – someone who would be willing to take part in the activities and share a bit about their own mental health story on camera.
If this is something you would be interested in and would like to find out more details then please contact BBC researcher Hannah Mirsky on Hannah.mirsky@bbc.co.uk or 07805 750819

Reflective Spaces: Paramedic Support Groups

16/8/2021


The College of Paramedics recognises the incredible challenges associated with both working frontline during the pandemic, and being away from work through shielding, illness and for other reasons. This has been an extraordinary time, and we know from listening to our members and our colleagues, that it has brought personal difficulties, bereavement, heightened emotions and worries around the safety and health of family and colleagues, as well as requiring us to sometimes confront difficult ethical and moral decisions around providing care for patients. Working on the frontline, continues to be a testing time. 

Thanks to a funding grant made by the Covid Healthcare Support Appeal, the College is very pleased to be teaming up with Doctors in Distress, a charity dedicated to reducing stigma around psychological health within healthcare professionals, to provide two confidential support programmes for paramedics across the UK who have worked during the pandemic, or who have been away from work due to shielding, ill health, caring for others, pregnancy, for example. 

The bespoke programme will be facilitated by trained practitioners who are well-experienced in working confidentially with health professionals. Starting with an online webinar on 6th September to introduce the programme and hear from some inspirational speakers, the next eight weeks will provide a regular safe space for paramedics to share experiences within small groups, and offers opportunity to decompress and chat. A further webinar will be hosted at the final session. 

Benefits include; 
sharing experiences - you're not on your own
confidential support from those who understand your job and what it's been like
helping to 'lift' feelings that may have been weighing you down
learning about others' experiences and coping strategies 
talking about chronic conditions and ways people have coped (shielding group)
helping your fellow colleagues by supporting them 
it's a safe place, allowing you to have your experience heard and recognised

For more information about the programme and to sign up, please visit: https://bit.ly/37nHWJh

 

Urgent Care for Paramedics – Injuries Elearning Available

13/08/2021



Health Education England and the College of Paramedics worked in partnership to develop an Urgent Care for Paramedics - Injuries module, as part of the Paramedics elearning programme. The module includes 10 elearning sessions to support paramedics in dealing with a range of injuries.

Elearning sessions include, but are not limited to:

• Ankle Injuries: aims to provide the underlying theory and assessment techniques to carry out these assessments effectively

• Knee Injuries: aims to give the pre-hospital clinician a greater understanding of knee injuries and red flags which may indicate a serious injury requiring further assessment and treatment

• Elbow Injuries: aims to provide the underlying theory and techniques to carry out these assessments effectively

• Minor Head Injury: aims to develop a foundational underpinning knowledge surrounding history taking, physical assessment and management of patients presenting with minor head injuries in the out-of-hospital environment

• Minor Neck Injury: This session is designed to equip paramedics with the knowledge and theory to safely manage minor neck trauma at the scene of a minor road traffic accident (RTC). There will also be an emphasis on good safety netting if the patient is safe to discharge

Each interactive session can be accessed on a variety of mobile devices and takes approximately 20 minutes to complete.

To register for this Elearning module or for more information, please visit the Paramedics programme page.

Faculty of Clinical Informatics Recruitment

11/8/2021


Building the multi-disciplinary profession of clinical informatics and promoting difference and diversity in digital health.

The Faculty of Clinical Informatics is now accepting applications for new Members and Fellows

The Faculty is working to develop the profession of clinical informatics, building on the Core Competency Framework, and working as part of the Federation of Informatics Professionals (FedIP) to ensure an inclusive and comprehensive approach.  Now is a great time to join the Faculty and help to shape the future of the profession.

Throughout my Topol Fellowship at Health Education England, I consistently found myself directed to either members of the Faculty or resources to guide my future development as an informatician in practice. I found that at each time, the FCI provided the best source of valid and up to date information, as well as experts to guide my path. I joined the Faculty to offer the same invaluable assistance to others who are trying to use clinical informatics to optimise patient care, and to continue to develop my knowledge and skills in the future.”  - Christopher Tack -

The FCI is a multi-disciplinary professional body for all health and social care qualified individuals working as informaticians across the UK. We support members in their informatics roles at all levels and their career development, which our members find to be invaluable, alongside the many other benefits.

The deadline for applications for Members and Fellows is midnight on 12 September 2021. Applications for Associate are accepted at all times.
 
Find out more about how using the link: How to Apply | Faculty Of Clinical Informatics


Updates to the Flu Immunisation e-learning programme for the 2021/22 flu season

10/8/2021


Health Education England e-learning for healthcare (HEE elfh) has worked with Public Health England (PHE) to update the Flu Immunisation e-learning programme to ensure it is up to date for the 2021/22 flu season.

With the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever that this year’s annual flu vaccination programme is safely and effectively delivered to as many of those eligible as possible to protect those at risk.

Mathematical modelling has suggested that the forthcoming flu season could be up to 50% larger than typically seen in previous years and may also begin earlier than usual.
It is expected that the seasonal influenza virus will co-circulate with the COVID-19 virus during this winter and, as influenza activity levels were extremely low during the 2020/21 flu season, it is expected that there will be lower population immunity against influenza. 

As social mixing and social contact returns towards pre-pandemic norms, it is crucial that those giving flu vaccines are confident, competent and have up to date knowledge about the vaccine(s) they are giving. 

The Flu Immunisation e-learning resource is designed to provide all healthcare practitioners involved in delivering the national flu immunisation programme with the knowledge they need to confidently promote high uptake of flu vaccination and administer the flu vaccines to those who need them.

The e-learning course consists of 3 knowledge sessions and 3 assessment sessions. All those undertaking this e-learning should complete the Core Knowledge session and accompanying assessment as this is designed to provide essential knowledge about what flu is and the rationale for, and design of, the annual flu programme. Depending on which session(s) is relevant to your role, you should then complete one or both subsequent knowledge and assessment sessions which provide more detailed information about the live and inactivated flu vaccines.

The Flu Immunisation programme is available to access on the elfh hub, ESR and via AICC links. For more information about the programme, including details on how to access, visit: www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/flu-immunisation/.

 


College of Paramedic: Chair of Paramedic Council Election 2021

6/8/2021


Our first Trustee election following the members’ approval of our new governance structure.


The role
The Chair of Council role is incredibly important within the College, as both a Trustee of the Board and as Chair of the Paramedic Council.

Trustees are legally responsible for the College as a charity. They do not get involved in the day to day running of the organisation, but instead they have an oversight role and seek assurance that the organisation is legally and financially sound and complying with its strategic aims and its charitable purpose, outlined in the College charitable objects. 

The Council is the new platform for the member representatives within the College and will steer and shape the College’s ongoing work and future aspirations by providing a platform for representatives to advocate for their members, providing a clear and vital communication channel between the College and its membership whilst encouraging high levels of engagement with the College.

Working together, the Board of Trustees, Paramedic Council and Chief Executive Group will provide collective leadership for the College of Paramedics and ensure the effective running of the charity, delivery of our strategy and active membership representation.

The Chair of the Paramedic Council is responsible for the effective and efficient functioning of the Council. As a member of the Board of Trustees, the Chair also represents the Council and membership within the Board.

The candidates
In June of this year the College of Paramedics invited all our full members to stand as a candidate for the important position of Chair of Council.

Four excellent candidates put themselves forward:
Daniel Irvine
Rory O’Connor
Benjamin Haselwood
Giles Adams

Each candidate had four fellow members who nominated them.

The College would like to thank all four of the candidates for putting themselves forward; demonstrating their commitment to the College, its members and the paramedic profession.

The election

As it is a Trustee position, it was members of Congress that voted in the election of the Chair of Council. The voting members of Congress are the Board of Trustees and the member representatives of the Paramedic Council. 

Using Congress as the electorate for appointing Trustees provides a vote for each of the member regions, reducing the inequality that may arise from a disproportionate number of members within the different regions around the UK and a vote for each of the trustees. Congress is made up of 13 (14 with the addition of the Chair of the Student Council) elected member representatives and 9 Trustees, and our quoracy requires any vote to have a majority from the regional representatives, who are elected by the members.



For the Congress vote to be quorate 51% of Board members and 51% of Council members needed to vote, with the added stipulation that there be at least one more Council member vote than Board member. This is to ensure that the member elected voice is represented by the majority of those who cast their vote. Civica Election Services were able to confirm that 7 of the 9 members of the Board and 11 of the 13 members of the Council voted, meaning that the vote was quorate. 

This first election of the Chair of Council has, by necessity, occurred during a transition period between the previous governance structure and the implementation of our new structure. After this governance restructure is fully implemented at the 2021 AGM, Congress will also include the Chair of Student Council as a voting member and the next Chair of Council will be elected six months in advance, taking on the role of Chair Elect for six months before starting their 3-year term as Chair. This allows a period of shadowing and development for the Chair Elect and ensures a smoother transition at the point of handover.

The results
The distribution of results between the four candidates is shown in the below image.


With a clear majority of the vote, Rory O’Connor was elected as the first Chair of Paramedic Council and he will hold this position until the AGM of 2024.

Download the CES Report of Voting here.



Rory held the post, on an interim basis, being elected by the former Board of Trustees in October 2020, from among four of his colleagues.
He said: “I am delighted to have been elected as the inaugural Chair of Council for the College of Paramedics. The Paramedic Council aims to bring the views of the membership to the very heart of everything we do for our profession here in the UK."

“I strongly believe that through increased engagement with our members we have the ability to represent you better in all areas of the work we are doing and deliver on the issues that are most important to you.”

Rory currently works in primary care as an Advanced Paramedic and has been the Representative Trustee for Northern Ireland for over eight years. He has built up a strong political footing for the College of Paramedics in Northern Ireland and brought a strong and articulate voice to the existing Board. 

Tracy Nicholls, CEO of the College of Paramedics said: “Rory has shown himself to be an excellent interim Chair of the Paramedic Council. His passion, integrity and determination to do the very best for our members is inspiring. With his leadership skills and desire to make our profession more inclusive, diverse and representative I’m certain Rory will help the Council go from strength to strength. We all wish him well in the role.” 

Independent Prescribing of Controlled Drugs by Paramedics

30/7/2021


The College of Paramedics remains committed to ensuring the Primary Legislation amendment required to allow the independent prescribing of the list of controlled drugs recommended by the Advisory Committee for the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) is implemented.


This is the list of controlled drugs recommended by the Advisory Committee for the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD).


The matter currently lies with the Home Office. We remain in regular contact with NHS England on the matter but are afraid as of yet we have no definite date for the process to be undertaken. 

David Rovardi MRPharmS, MCPara
Pharmacist Independent Prescriber and Registered Paramedic  
Specialist Medicines Advisor, College of Paramedics

Read more on Medicines and Independent Prescribing on our website.

NHS England Race Equality Strategy and How NHS Workers Can Take Part

6/8/2021


NHS England/Improvement (People Directorate) is developing a long term race equality strategy for the NHS. 
The aim is to establish standards for advancing race equality, eliminating discrimination and fostering good relations in the NHS. The strategy is aligned with the work undertaken on Model Employer (2019), the NHS Long Term Plan (2019) and the People Plan 20/21 among others.

We expect to publish in October 2021.

As defined by the Equality Act 2010, race covers every single one of us. Race includes colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins. All NHS workers are invited to contribute. All professional bodies and staff side representing NHS workers are also invited to contribute. This includes bank and agency workforce.

Apart from being able to contribute online, we will also hold virtual consultation events on Microsoft Teams.
https://forms.office.com/r/gF0BicjRHa

Privacy and confidentiality: You will not be identifiable by filling in this form and your responses are confidential. This applies to all engagement events in which Chatham House rules apply.

Closing date for this form: 12 September 2021.

If you have any questions or would like to attend one of our MS Teams  sessions please contact Olivia.King6@nhs.net.


The College of Paramedics Announces its New Chair of Council 

28/07/2021


The College of Paramedics has great pleasure in announcing that Rory O’Connor has been elected to the position of Chair of the Paramedic Council.

Rory has held the post, on an interim basis, since he was elected in October 2020.

He said: “I am delighted to have been elected as the inaugural Chair of Council for the College of Paramedics. The Paramedic Council aims to bring the views of the membership to the very heart of everything we do for our profession here in the UK.

“We have started on the journey of reforming our governance and structures, and I am pleased to be able to continue that work, and build upon it.

“I strongly believe that through increased engagement with our members we have the ability to represent you better in all areas of the work we are doing and deliver on the issues that are most important to you.

“As the Chair of the Paramedic Council, I want the College and our profession to be more inclusive, representative and reflective of our members and will aim throughout my tenure to continually improve this.”

Rory currently works in primary care as an Advanced Paramedic and has been the Representative Trustee for Northern Ireland for for three years. He has built up a strong political footing for the College of Paramedics in Northern Ireland and brought a strong and articulate voice to the existing Board.

The Chair of the Paramedic Council is responsible for the effective and efficient functioning of the Council. As a member of the Board of Trustees, the Chair represents the Council and membership within the Board. Other duties include:

Promoting an active and visible response within the organisation to current and changing health care in the UK and abroad.

Ensuring that each and every council member has the opportunity to articulate, and advocate for, the College member perspective.

Making certain that the Council plays an instrumental part in guaranteeing strategy is developed and delivered with the membership interests at its core.

Encouraging high levels of regional engagement with members.

Tracy Nicholls, CEO of the College of Paramedics said: “Rory has shown himself to be an excellent interim Chair of the Paramedic Council and I have no doubt he will continue to shine in the role now that he has been elected for the 3 year term.

“His passion, integrity and determination to do the very best for our members is second to none. With his leadership skills and desire to make our profession more inclusive, diverse and representative I’m certain Rory will help the Council go from strength to strength. We all wish him well in his new role.”

Support the inaugural Prosthetists and Orthotists Day 

27/7/2021


The British Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists (BAPO) is hosting the first ever Prosthetists and Orthotists (P&O) Day on 8 September 2021.

The awareness day aims to raise the profile of the two disciplines primarily with other health and care professionals. The day will provide the opportunity for prosthetists and orthotists to celebrate the profession and the benefit these roles have for patients accessing the services.

The P&O Day 2021 committee is working to develop a series of case studies to demonstrate the role prosthetists and orthotists play in promoting patient wellbeing, health and rehabilitation. The team will also be creating a P&O Day toolkit which will include various assets for BAPO members to share on their social media platforms and throughout their organisations and networks.

Nicky Eddison, Chair of BAPO’s Professional Affairs Committee said: "It's incredibly important to shine a light on the great work prosthetists and orthotists do every day, highlight the positive impact we have on our service users and to take the time to celebrate our profession. I hope the new national P&O Day will raise the profile of our profession, highlight the difference we make to people's lives and help our wider colleagues gain a better understanding of the work we do and our unique skill set."

Please add the date – 8 September 2021 – to your diary and share the details of the awareness day with your colleagues. Also, if you have got a case study or success story to share about the P&O profession, please email it to enquiries@bapo.com.

Survey finds nearly three-quarters of paramedics feared for their own safety at work

27/7/2021

 

New College of Paramedics survey finds that nearly three-quarters of paramedics have feared for their own safety or felt threatened at work.

A staggering 70 per cent of paramedics who took part in a major UK-wide survey by the College of Paramedics said they had feared for their own safety or felt threatened while carrying out their duties.

The survey results come one month after new NHS England figures revealed that paramedics have suffered a 32 per cent rise in assaults over the past five years, with 3,569 incidents taking place in 2020-21 alone.

Of the 2,345 paramedics across the UK who responded to the survey, almost half (49 per cent) said they had suffered physical abuse, while 80 per cent said they had been verbally abused during the course of their work.

Tracy Nicholls, Chief Executive of the College of Paramedics, said: "We have long been aware of the physical and verbal abuse that paramedics suffer and the toll it takes on their health and wellbeing – but this is the first time that a large-scale survey of this kind has revealed the extent of the problem."

"It's absolutely outrageous to think that so many paramedics have been abused whilst carrying out their duties, going above and beyond to help people when they are at their most vulnerable, and often in the most challenging of circumstances. Worryingly, the abuse appears to have increased during the pandemic when paramedics are already exposing themselves to greater personal risk."

"Enough is enough! It is time for us all to take a stand and find new ways of working together to prevent abuse from happening, as well as demanding zero-tolerance when it does occur."

"We welcome the steps that the Government has taken to mitigate some of the risks by announcing that funding will be made available for body worn cameras and by introducing harsher custodial sentences for perpetrators of violence against paramedics – but more needs to be done."

"After years of lobbying, the legislation is now in place to ensure that the worst offenders are severely and appropriately dealt with. The problem is that the law is not being used to full effect and sentences are still far too lenient. We are calling today on the courts to step up and impose the harshest penalties available to them."

The College of Paramedics has warned that the abuse paramedics are experiencing is having a direct impact on their health and wellbeing. Most paramedics surveyed (89 per cent) said their jobs were taking a toll on their mental health and 69 per cent said this had intensified since the start of the covid pandemic.

Tracy Nicholls continued: "One of the most worrying aspects is that paramedics are continuing to soldier on, despite in some cases being pushed to breaking point. It's a disgrace that paramedics are having to work under these conditions – whether they are part of our NHS ambulance service, in a military or prison environment, working in private practice or wherever they are. These issues deserve much greater attention and we will be working hard to bring about change."

The College of Paramedics will form part of the NHS Health & Wellbeing team and will focus dedicated resources on the prevention of abuse and the provision of support to paramedics who have been affected.

As part of its five-year strategy, the College of Paramedics will engage with national initiatives which promote the health and wellbeing of its members and will include it within its Continuous Professional Development programmes so that members can access up-to-date information and guidance on how to keep themselves safe.

Tracy Nicholls added: "With the results of this survey, we are well placed to push forward collaboratively to make a difference in this area which is vital for the safeguarding of paramedics and the patients they are trying to assist."

Our Membership Survey Results 

27/7/2021


As many of you will know, we ran an in-depth Membership Engagement Survey in June to gain a better understanding of what you want from us as your professional body so that we can deliver a service that is more closely aligned to your needs.

I'd like to thank everyone that took the time and trouble to complete our survey and provide additional feedback via the open text boxes. We know how busy you are which is why we were so pleased with the level of response we received.

The winners of our survey prize draw will be announced shortly.

Responses

A total of 2,345 members from all 10 regions and beyond completed our survey – that's around 11% of our membership, which is an excellent result.

The overwhelming majority of responses were positive and the feedback was extremely helpful and in most cases, constructive. There is a general consensus that the College is doing a good job and the benefits and services we offer are largely well received. There is also clearly room for improvement and many of you have provided practical suggestions of ways we can do this.

The overwhelming majority of feedback was constructive and helpful, with new ideas, fresh insights and offers of assistance.

As you would expect, there were also a few criticisms and we will be taking these on board to see where lessons can be learned, while keeping all views in perspective.

Next steps

We will be working our way through the results and the thousands of individual comments provided, with a view to:

• Reassess our agenda and reshape it where necessary
• Decide which elements should be fed into existing work streams, project groups and task forces
• Identify which areas are new and important, and therefore need to be actioned separately in the immediate, short, medium and longer term
• Communicate the key findings and actions arising from the survey and provide ongoing information and updates on our progress
• Launch a PR campaign to shine a spotlight on paramedic safety and to lobby for the more stringent application of custodial sentences for the worst offenders

Thanks again to those of you that were able to input into our survey. It's very much appreciated.

Stay safe and I look forward to sharing further updates with you in due course.

Kind regards,

Tracy Nicholls FCPara

CEO of the College of Paramedics

HCPC Registration Renewal Process Guidance

27/7/2021

 

HCPC Registration Manager highlights what registrants need to do to in order to renew their registration for the next two-year cycle.
Each profession renews their registration during the same period every two years. This year nine professions (including paramedics) will undergo the renewal process.

Read the HCPC registration renewal process blog.

Renewal deadline for paramedics - 31 August 2021

College of Paramedics Small Grants for Research: Now Accepting Applications

16/07/2021


The College of Paramedics are now accepting applications until 4th October 2021, for a small grant scheme that aims to support members to carry out research studies.

A total of three studies will be funded to a maximum of £1,250 each. The money can be used to support any aspect of the study including, but not limited to:

• salary costs
• specific research equipment
• specific software, for example, for analysis
• support costs for lay/public involvement if these cannot be sourced elsewhere
• transcription.

The money cannot be used to pay for fees or travel costs incurred as part of a programme of study or conference attendance.

Applications for funding are invited from members of the College of Paramedics who are interested in enhancing their research activity. Applications can be from an individual person, or a team of people, but cannot be used towards part of a study that is already in receipt of funding from elsewhere.

We believe that research should be accessible to all and we wish to encourage people from any background to apply as we work towards our profession becoming more diverse, inclusive, and representative. To undertake rigorous research people need to have some research skills and knowledge but, if you have an idea for research but maybe do not yet have sufficient experience to undertake this research on your own, (although I suggest that all research benefits from collaborative working no matter what our level of research expertise!), then why not team up with someone who has got relevant experience and then you can work together to submit an application. If you don't know where to start with this, then please do contact me and I can try and point you in the right direction. The research grant can be used for any topic at all relevant to our profession, including research topics that would lead to better understanding and outcomes for the diverse communities that we serve.

Criteria for eligibility:
• The lead applicant must be a current full member of the College of Paramedics.
• The applicant(s) must demonstrate that the study is relevant to the Paramedic profession.
• The proposed project should be completed within 12 months.
• The successful award holder(s) must agree to publish their main paper to include results/findings in the British Paramedic Journal before publishing elsewhere.
• The researcher(s) must not be in receipt of any other funding associated with this study.
• The College of Paramedics must be acknowledged in all publications and/or conference presentations as having contributed financially to the study.
• Lead applicants cannot have held an award from the College’s Small Grants Scheme in the preceding 24 months.

If you have any questions or would like more information please contact:
Professor Julia Williams, Head of Research
julia.williams@collegeofparamedics.co.uk

Full details and application form are all online:
College of Paramedics' Small Grants for Research

 

EEAST Statement Regarding OFSTED’s Findings Into Their Training and Education for Apprenticeships and the College's Response 

15/07/2021



THIS WEEK THE BELOW STATEMENT WAS ISSUED BY EAST OF ENGLAND AMBULANCE SERVICE TRUST TO THEIR STAKEHOLDERS REGARDING OFSTED’S FINDINGS INTO THEIR TRAINING AND EDUCATION FOR APPRENTICESHIPS


Ofsted inspected our training and education for apprenticeships on 10 June.

Whilst Ofsted recognised that we have made improvements in addressing concerns raised by the Care Quality Commission in 2020, they have identified an ongoing risk to our apprenticeship students being exposed to poor behaviours and felt less able to raise concerns.

In light of the Ofsted report, the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) has withdrawn funding for our level 3 and 4 apprenticeship learning. This means that although we will continue to employ apprentices and provide clinical training, our education provision will transfer to another training organisation.

I am acutely aware how disruptive and worrying this will be for our more than 600 current students and apprentices. My priority at this time is to ensure stability for them, and we are working closely with Health Education England to find new training providers.
We want to minimise the disruption to our students, particularly those near the end of their training.

Whilst it is unclear exactly what this all means for our learners, we do know that any break in learning will not impact students’ finishing their qualification. They will continue to be supported by EEAST's education and training team until such time as a new provider is in place. We will update students every few days as we have further information available.

We value our apprentices and learners and we are committed to improving the quality of our clinical learning environment so we can offer the best possible education and training moving forward. We are working with HEE to learn how we can improve our education and training offer for the future.

I know you will be disappointed to hear of these events, and concerned about the impact on apprentices and our other staff. We are working hard to negotiate with new training providers and resolve this situation, and will be providing updates as soon as there are any developments. In the meantime, if you have any questions at all, please do get in touch.

Background:

The report recognises that the Trust has:

• Promoted high professional standards and taken swift action when concerns are raised.
• Put in place a range of targeted services to support apprentices’ psychological and social well-being, including a ‘Freedom to Speak Up’ Guardian.
• Significantly increased the number of staff in the safeguarding team.

To address Ofsted feedback, the Trust has taken a number of actions including:
• Reviewed and strengthened processes for mandatory safeguarding training to make sure learner and staff knowledge of safeguarding is recorded, updated and monitored
• Put in place checks to make sure all relevant staff and students in the future complete their safeguarding training
• Invested in culture programme to tackle poor behaviour and encourage all learners and staff to raise any concerns
• Provided additional support for managers to ask about and challenge behaviour in the workplace
• Using data more effectively and intelligently to identify if different staff groups are having a different experience at work, rather than relying on general survey data
• Reviewing and learning from issues around how education & training at the Trust is managed and delivered, including working with Health Education England.

THE COLLEGE OF PARAMEDICS ISSUED THE BELOW STATEMENT IN RESPONSE
“All students are very important to the College of Paramedics and will always be the lifeblood of the ambulance service workforce, and ultimately the longer-term development of the profession.
“We are naturally very concerned with the findings of the Ofsted report, especially given the fact that the Education and Skills Funding Agency has now pulled funding for level 3 and 4 apprenticeship learning at EEAST. As a result, these students now face significant disruption to their training and development, not to mention the obvious worry they’ll be experiencing as their education provision transfers to an outside training organisation. We remain ready to work with the East of England Ambulance Service Trust and Health Education England to support all 600-plus students affected, and it is our deepest wish that this matter gets resolved as swiftly as possible so that the students can continue with their education journey.”

It’s 35 years since the first ambulance service staff took part in the ‘extended training’ pilot courses 

07/07/2021



It is 35 years since the first ambulance service staff, who took part in the National Health Service Training Authority’s (NHSTA) ‘extended training’ pilot courses, qualified.  Here, we take a look at how the course came about and why it became the blueprint for paramedic training.  

On August 12, 1985, more than 20 ambulance aid instructors arrived at Surrey Ambulance Headquarters in Banstead to take part in the first of two NHSTA ‘extended training’ pilot courses.

The students had all passed the entry examination to the course earlier in the year but now, as they arrived at the headquarters in Banstead, there was an air of trepidation amongst the group as this was new territory for them and the NHSTA.

In many ways they were right to feel nervous. The course, which was divided into four stages consisting of theory and practical learning, was tough. So tough, in fact, that only around one-third of the original 24 students went on to immediately progress to the next stage and then towards graduation six months later.

Following graduation, the ‘extended training’ programme was made available to all UK ambulance services. Before this, any training offered to ambulance staff was carried out at the discretion of the individual ambulance service, with the various regional pilots often differing according to local medical opinion.

This new standardised package of training, which quickly became the accepted training for paramedics, gave all graduates the same skills and knowledge. It brought uniformity throughout the UK, even in those early years when paramedics were still thin on the ground.

During the early 1970s, there had been a lot of talk regarding the merits of ‘extended training’ for ambulance staff following the successful cardiac and emergency training programmes offered by Dr Douglas Chamberlain in Brighton, Dr Peter Baskett in Bristol, and others. Yet, it wasn’t enough to see ‘extended training’ rolled out on a national scale. Things were slowly moving in the right direction however, and in 1974, all ambulance services, including those with local ‘paramedic’ schemes were transferred from local authority control to the NHS. Then, five years later another huge step forward was made when Dr Bernard Lucas, from the Medical Commission on Accident Prevention argued that ‘as ambulance staff were frequently the first to arrive at an accident scene, it would be logical to train them in advanced resuscitation techniques’.

This realisation that patients could indeed benefit from treatment before reaching hospital ultimately played a crucial role in instigating the need for a nationally-recognised ‘extended training’ course. As a result, the Department of Health commissioned an analysis into the potential benefits of such training and when the results were published in 1984 they proved extremely positive, providing a compelling and economically-sound argument in favour of ‘extended training’ for ambulance staff. Despite some resistance, acceptance of the need for more highly-trained ambulance crews grew rapidly and led to the Department of Health establishing a UK-wide pilot scheme in 1985 under the national leadership of Roland Furber - who in 2003 became the first Chief Executive of the British Paramedic Association, now the College of Paramedics - at Banstead in Surrey, which was eventually adopted by all UK ambulance services.

Divided into four stages, the first stage of the course was learning all about anatomy and physiology and lasted one week. At the end of the week students had to pass an exam before proceeding to the next stage of the course.

The second stage, again held at Banstead, lasted three weeks and during this time students had to apply what they had learnt in the first week and put it into practice. There were lectures given by experts in the medical profession and practical skills in defibrillation, cardiac monitoring, intravenous infusion, canulation, and the administration of seven drugs including adrenalin, lignocaine, and atropine. Like stage one, there were practical and written examinations at the end of the three weeks.

The third stage of the course was a six-week placement in hospital which consisted of two weeks in theatre under the supervision of consultant anaesthetists, one week in accident and emergency, one week in the intensive therapy unit and two weeks in coronary care. To proceed to the final stage of the course, which was an interview in front of a panel, including course director, Roland Furber, the students had to have completed all the training modules necessary. For example, they had to have demonstrated at least 25 successful intubations, 25 canulations etc.

Ambulance aid instructors from all over the UK attended the two pilot courses held at Banstead in 1985 and 1986 and those who were successful went on to set up approved NHSTA ‘extended training’ in their respective regions over the next few years.  Within two years of the first pilot scheme being held the courses became formally recognised as ‘paramedic training.’  

Just like those ambulance staff in the local schemes in Brighton and elsewhere 15 years earlier, the graduates from Banstead carried a huge weight of responsibility in rolling out ‘extended training’ nationwide.  It was the next logical step for the ambulance service and within a few short years, the content of these courses had become the norm for all paramedic courses going forward and helped shape the profession we all know and value so highly today.  

Head of Education for the College of Paramedics, Professor Bob Fellows said: “This was a special moment for our profession’s development. It came 15 years after the pioneering past of 1971 Intubation and Infusion and 15 years before the birth of the College and the first pre-registration graduates from Hertfordshire in 2001. The national approach consolidated what had previously been sporadic and local into unified and cohesive. We mustn’t forget what these pathfinders achieved and we mustn’t forget how important it is to keep learning from our past, as it nearly always informs our future”.  

 

Tackling Loneliness and Social Isolation E-learning Programme

07/07/2021


Health Education England e-learning for Healthcare (HEE e-lfh) has worked in partnership with HEE, Public Health England and the Campaign to End Loneliness to develop a new e-learning programme that highlights the impact of chronic loneliness as a serious health concern. 

The Tackling Loneliness and Social Isolation programme also aims to show how health and social care staff and the wider public health workforce can recognise risk factors, risk groups and apply simple interventions that can make a positive impact. The programme supports the call to action from the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness to “Equip people with information about the potential triggers for loneliness and ensure they know where to go for support.” 

Programme sessions will enable learners to understand the potential negative health outcomes of loneliness and social isolation, have conversations with people to detect if they are at risk and know how to refer or signpost those identified as at risk. More information about the programme, including access details, is available on the Tackling Loneliness and Social Isolation programme page.

New Centre for Advancing Practice Website Now Live

07/07/2021


The Centre for Advancing Practice has launched a new web platform to support the delivery of the workforce transformation of advanced level practice; The new, user-friendly website will host all information relating to Health Education England’s Advanced Practice work; providing an online information hub for all our stakeholders to explore, learn and engage.

The new site homes in on the Centre’s five key functions for advanced practice; programme accreditation, practitioner recognition, the Centre directory, HEE credentials and workforce solutions.

The new website reflects the direction of the Centre as we address the priority outlined in the NHS People Plan for highly-experienced clinicians who are trained to advanced level practice.

Health Education England’s Centre for Advancing Practice was established to oversee the workforce transformation of advanced level practice;  
establish and monitor standards for education and training
accredit advanced programmes
support and recognise practitioners
grow and embed advanced practice and consultant workforce

View the Centre for Advancing Practice new web platform.

E-learning Programme Helps Mental Health Practitioners to Improve Communication with Patients

07/07/2021


A new e-learning programme to help health and care professionals who support people with mental health needs by improving their communication skills to de-escalate difficult situations has been developed by Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) and HEE Global Engagement.

Communication Skills for the Mental Health Practitioner was originally developed as a face to face course for nurses in West Bengal, India and the pre-reading materials have now been re-designed into 4 online sessions comprising the following topics:
Session 1: Principles and strategies in communication
Session 2: Verbal de-escalation techniques
Session 3: Reducing restrictive practice - communication during physical restraint
Session 4: Reducing restrictive practice - communication during chemical restraint

On completion of the programme, learners will understand the principles of communication and will have made plans about how to use these skills in their workplace.
For more information and to access the e-learning programme, visit the Communication Skills for the Mental Health Practitioner programme page or email: ge@hee.nhs.uk.

The College of Paramedics Officially Announces Its Intention to Seek Royal Charter Status

07/07/2021


Today, the College of Paramedics has great pleasure in telling members that we have now officially begun the process to seek a Royal Charter.

There are many formalities to work through as we embark on this journey but we are confident that we meet all the criteria necessary to be granted Royal Charter status, which if awarded, would strengthen our professional voice and leadership.

While we firmly believe that now is the right time to begin this process we are fully aware that Royal Charters are rarely awarded and that our application could be rejected. We will, of course, keep you updated as we move from one stage to the next.

The College of Paramedics is the professional body for all paramedics in the UK, representing over 21,000 members. Our role is to promote excellence and shape the future of the paramedic profession across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. 

In recent years, the roles and areas in which paramedics work have become increasingly diverse and we aim to give a voice to, and represent, all paramedics across these range of work settings.

Tracy Nicholls, Chief Executive of the College of Paramedics said: “We have heard your strong views about the College’s journey to becoming a Royal College, and the application for a Royal Charter is the first step on that journey.  You told us that this would reflect the professions’ contribution to supporting the health and care of patients and would give you a huge sense of pride.  We believe the time is now right to take that step, following the enormous contribution that paramedics have made in the pandemic and for the incredible compassion and care that has been shown, whatever your area of work.  We will ensure regular communications with you and consult with you at every stage.

2021 Member Representative Elections

01/07/2021


The College of Paramedics is seeking full members with an interest in representing their colleagues and the paramedic profession in the following regions/sector:

North East
North West
East Midlands
West Midlands
Wales
Military and Overseas


 

We are looking for a range of committed and enthusiastic member representatives to sit on our new Paramedic Council and there will be opportunities to stand for other regions next year.

If you are a full member in one of these regions/sector, who is currently subscribed with the College of Paramedics, you are eligible to stand and to vote in these elections. Formal declarations of the results will be made at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the College of Paramedics on Tuesday 14th September 2021.

Full members wishing to stand for election will need to receive nominations from four full and subscribed members within your region/sector.

TIMETABLE FOR 2021 ELECTIONS



Receipt of submissions and nominations

Full members wishing to stand for election for one of the above positions, should ensure their candidate statement and nominations are submitted on the application form here no later than 5pm on 30th July 2021

The College of Paramedics will commission an independent company to manage ballots and the count of ballot papers.

Please read more here Paramedic Council Elections where you can download the Paramedic Council Election Guidance, Paramedic Council Terms of Reference and Member Representative Role Description which should all be read carefully.

If you still have queries about the electoral process, please contact Imogen Carter, Executive Officer - Policy, on imogen.carter@collegeofparamedics.co.uk

STAND TO BE THE MEMBER REPRESENTATIVE FOR YOUR FELLOW MEMBERS

Don’t miss this excellent opportunity to be the voice of the members in your region/sector, advocating for their interests, articulating their perspective to the College and communicating with them on the College’s work. As a Member Representative you would sit on the Paramedic Council, which will play an instrumental part in ensuring that strategy is developed and delivered with membership interests at its heart. The Council will be supported by Head Office staff to develop connections with members throughout their region or sector and build effective member groups and networks.

Full members in the North East, North West, East Midlands, West Midlands, Wales, or Military and Overseas (military paramedics or paramedics registered with the HCPC but working overseas) - this could be you!



The College of Paramedics welcomes and encourages full members of all backgrounds to stand as candidates. We recognise the need and inherent benefit of diversity and inclusion within the organisation and amongst our representatives, are committed to equal opportunities in appointment and employment, and seek to eliminate unlawful discrimination, such as racial, sexual or disability discrimination, to promote equality of opportunity and good relations between all.

Bluelight Cycling Club 

30/06/2021



Are you a keen cyclist? Do you want to hit the open road with like-minded cycling enthusiasts?
Then, why not join the UK’s first ever cycling club for members of the emergency services, NHS and armed forces?

The Bluelight Cycling Club was launched in May and was the brainchild of three Met Police officers – Colin Nye, who is President, Neil Turner and Dan Bryant. The trio had planned to do a London to Paris charity bike ride to raise money for COPS – Care of Police Survivors - in June 2020 but because of the Covid pandemic it got cancelled.
Still, word of the bike ride quickly spread on social media and it soon became apparent that there was a real passion for cycling amongst emergency services personnel. So much so, that in March of this year a group of emergency workers from different agencies got together virtually on Zoom and talked about starting up their own cycling club, later to be named the Bluelight Cycling Club.
Since then, the club has officially launched its own website and club kit along with the benefits scheme supported by David Birch from Endurance Zone. It has also teamed up with Wahoo Fitness, an international indoor bike trainer and accessories company. Members also have access to hundreds of exclusive discounts on some of the biggest brands in sport including Nike, Adidas, Reebok and Peloton. Another benefit is free unlimited group rides on RGT with no additional costs to members. Each year, there will be at least two major bike rides for members to participate in.

President Colin Nye said: “The club has been created to support all blue light workers, partner agencies and the armed forces to attain the physical and mental health benefits from cycling. The last year has placed an enormous strain on our communities and we sincerely believe this is an opportunity to help our colleagues. They will also benefit from exclusive benefits that no other cycling club can offer”.

College member and LAS paramedic Allan Woodhouse is the NHS Chair of the Bluelight Cycling Club and is keen to get as many of his NHS colleagues on board as possible. He said: “Sport is a great way to escape from the everyday stresses of life and cycling is my way of doing just that. When the opportunity to be involved with the Bluelight Cycling Club presented itself, I welcomed the chance to represent NHS members. Well-being is a key focus of the committee and I hope the club has a positive impact on the overall mental and physical health of members.”

The cycling club, which is affiliated to British Cycling, is open to riders from the police, the NHS, fire and rescue services, HM Coastguard, the RNLI, HM Prison Service, the armed forces, the National Crime Agency and search and rescue organisations.
The club is a non-profit community interest company and funds raised through membership and sponsorship will assist the following five nominated charities: COPS, Help for Heroes, NHS Charities Together, the Fire Fighters Charity and the Coastguard Association.
Ambassadors for the club, who will be getting on their bikes for some of the rides throughout the year include British Olympic swimmer Sharron Davies, Commonwealth Games sprinter Chris Pritchard and former England rugby player Andy Goode.

For more info please go to: www.bluelightcc.co.uk.

AGP Alliance statement 

29/06/2021



Digital Weight Management Programme for NHS Staff 

25/06/2021



The NHS is offering a new and exciting programme to their staff who are living with obesity, by providing the support they need to stay healthy and active.

The programme offers NHS staff free, online access to a 12-week weight management programme which is designed to be personally tailored to support them on their journey to a healthier lifestyle. As a digital programme, it can be used anywhere, allowing the participant to complete the programme in their own time, at their pace that works for them.

There is never a better time to look after your wellbeing. Keeping healthy and active can be a challenge, but this digital programme can help you make those small changes, one step at a time. Once you’re signed up to a programme, you will be guided through informative articles, nutrition and lifestyle advice as well as tips on incorporating regular, enjoyable physical activity and active travel into your life to help you achieve your goals. Support will be provided to overcome challenges and any setbacks you may come across.

Click here for more information.

Queen’s Birthday Honours 2021

18/06/2021

 

The College of Paramedics congratulates members who have received awards in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List announced on 11 June 2021:

Andrew Swinburn          Associate Director of Paramedicine, Welsh Ambulance Service                Queens Ambulance Medal 
Leigh John Curtis           Executive Director of Service Delivery for Air Ambulance Kent, Surrey and Sussex                British Empire Medal

Congratulations also go to other ambulance sector recipients of awards in the Birthday Honours List:

Dr. Fionna Patricia Moore       Executive Medical Director, South East Coast Ambulance Service        Queens Ambulance Medal 
Jason David Morris        Clinical Team Manager, London Ambulance Service        Queens Ambulance Medal 
Simon Kent Swallow        Strategic Head of Emergency Preparedness Resilience and Response, North East Ambulance Service        Queens Ambulance Medal 
Susan Jane Owen Williams       Nurse Adviser, Welsh Ambulance Service        Queens Ambulance Medal 
Dennis Bryan Snoddy       Assistant Director of Operations, Northern Ireland Ambulance Service        Queens Ambulance Medal 
Kevin Leyman        Fleet Engineer South Western Ambulance Service        Queens Ambulance Medal 

The College of Paramedics applauds all recipients. The awards are fitting recognition of the enormous contributions each has made to paramedical and ambulance services throughout the UK and elsewhere.


Chair of the Paramedic Council - Is This the Role for You? 

18/06/2021



We are very happy to be able to proceed with developing our new Paramedic Council, since the members’ approval of our governance restructure earlier this month. The purpose of the Paramedic Council is to represent the voice of the membership within all that the College of Paramedics does.

The first step in order to achieve this, is to appoint a Chair of Council and this is where you come in! We are calling out to our full members to put themselves forward to be our first full Chair of Council, to start the role from the implementation of the new structure at our AGM on the 14th September 2021. The opportunity to put yourself forward will close on the 7th July. Candidates will then be voted on by Congress, using the single transferable vote method.

Rory O’Connor had been Interim Chair of Council, chairing the shadow Council and beginning the process of establishing the role of the Chair of Council as integral to the leadership, drive and collaborative working, that is needed to guide the College through the coming years. Rory will be standing for the Chair role alongside the other candidates.

The College of Paramedics recognises the need and inherent benefit of diversity and inclusion within the organisation and amongst our representatives, and we welcome and encourage full members, of all backgrounds, to stand as candidates.

Read more about the Paramedic Council and this opportunity to be involved within the College here.  






Membership-wide Survey Launched 

17/6/2021


The College of Paramedics has launched a membership-wide survey to gain a more in-depth understanding of the role that members would like it to play in supporting them as well as furthering the needs and ambitions of the profession.

The College is calling on all its members to get involved and share their views on a range of topics, from membership benefits, communication and engagement to key issues and priorities – now and in the future.

The survey follows the announcement of the College's governance restructure which will be implemented at the AGM on the 14th September. The restructure, which includes a new Congress comprising Paramedic Council, Board of Trustees and Chief Executive Group, will ensure a more agile, responsive and joined up approach to meet the profession's growing needs.

The survey is quick and straightforward to complete, with multiple choice answers provided. The survey data is confidential but respondents are encouraged to provide their contact details so they can be entered into a draw to win one of 28 prizes, including three luxury hampers, 10 branded polo shirts and 15 branded mugs.

If you are a member, please click here to take the survey and be in the chance to win!


Health Inequalities in the Context of AHP Practice 

17/06/2021



Health Inequalities in the context of AHP practice Health inequalities are systematic, avoidable and unfair differences between populations, within populations or across a socio-economic gradient. They occur because of the unequal conditions in which we are born, grow, live, work and age, including the social determinants of health such as income, wealth, education, welfare, housing and access to green space. Not only do these fundamental causes lead to disadvantage over the course of an individual’s life, they may also include an accumulation of historical events that determine the relative disadvantage of individuals, places and communities.

Health inequalities can be unpacked into inequalities in health care and inequalities in health outcomes. Health care inequalities includes differences in access, diagnostics, treatment, experience or health care funding and workforce and health outcomes inequalities refers to differences in morbidity and mortality. These differences may be seen across the socio-economic gradient; disadvantaged groups (e.g., ethnic minority groups, LGBTQ+); or inclusion health groups (e.g., homeless, undocumented migrants). Health care inequalities are under the control of health care organisations, but health outcome inequalities are primarily driven by wider factors, such as the social determinants of health.

People sometimes think that the concept of health inequalities relates only to people working at population level and not practitioners who focus mainly on the care of individuals. But there is growing recognition that this is not the case. It is something that affects every one of us whatever our role, and each of us can make a difference, by supporting the individual person you’re caring for better, and by seeing that that person is part of their community, and the population. Whatever change is made, at the individual, service, community or wider level will impact on population health by reducing inequalities.

With over 4 million client contacts every week, AHPs hold tremendous power to tackle health inequalities.

The global pandemic is exacerbating existing health inequalities. Members of disadvantaged communities are more likely to be infected with COVID-19 and to ultimately die of the virus. In addition, the indirect impact of the pandemic will be more severe on these communities, through its long-term impact on healthcare services, the economy and mental health.

The AHP community has played an important role in the efforts to face and overcome COVID-19. The challenge as we move forward is to consider our role in minimising health inequalities within our communities. From small steps to big efforts, every person’s contributions will count, and together we know that we can make a difference to improving population health.

To support AHPs to maximise our contribution Public Health England, NHS England and Improvement and the 14 Allied Health Professional Bodies have worked with The King’s Fund to develop a framework to help any AHP consider their role in tackling health inequalities. This framework has been created with insights from over 1000 AHPs to help AHPs to find their own unique role in this and to explore ways to maximise their contribution:

Whatever your role, seniority, specialism or interest, the framework supports you to consider your role through 6 lenses:

•  you as an individual,
•  your role in caring for individuals,
•  being a part of a team and service,
•  your involvement with communities and networks,
•  your involvement in the wider health and care system,
•  and your efforts to nurture the future.

For each of these six aspects the framework encourages a focus on what AHPs need to know, the actions to take and their role as an advocate.

I hope AHPs will find this framework and the associated case studies helpful in guiding efforts to improve population health and reduce health inequalities.

My role in tackling health inequalities: A framework for allied health professionals’ can be accessed here.
 
Linda Hindle, Deputy Chief AHP Officer for England
PHE Lead Allied Health Professional and National Engagement Lead for Public health in Police, Fire and Ambulance Services







Pride – United We Must Stand Against Injustice

17/06/2021

 

Pride month: June is a time to reflect and celebrate the progress and hard won gains that have been made towards Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender plus (LGBT+) rights while acknowledging that our work is not done, it is not complete and there is still a long way to go to realise full equality.

In healthcare we know that our LGBT+ patients face inequalities in terms of service access, clinical outcomes and experiences and that our LGBT+ paramedics face inequalities in their lives.

The LGBT+ community still faces unprecedented levels of disadvantage and discrimination. We continue to see homophobia, biphobia and transphobia present in our society, with transphobia taking centre stage at present in the media with devastating impacts for transgender people.

Pride has always been a special time when the whole of the LGBT+ community and allies join together and stand united and steadfast against discrimination. We stand firm in the belief that human rights, equality and respect belong to us all no matter our identity or background.

Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 restrictions this year, we are unable to get together to celebrate and stand united against discrimination, as is the usual tradition at Pride parades across the country. However, one thing that has not changed is our combined resolve and commitment to fight against all injustices and strive towards a fairer society for all.

Evidence Submitted to Government from the AGP Alliance 

16/06/2021



Written evidence submitted by a joint response from the AGP Alliance, a group of professional bodies (including the College of Paramedics), royal colleges and experts have been pushing since the early part of the pandemic for the government to update and strengthen infection control guidance. This has included repeated calls to provide higher quality Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to frontline health and care workers to prevent airborne transmission of COVID-19.1,2,3 So far relevant UK government departments and advisory committees have refused to update such guidance or implement better protections. The submission focuses specifically on these concerns, although there are a great many other lessons that need to be learned about the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Click here to read the submitted evidence.

Announcing the 2021 recipients of our Honour Awards 

11/06/2021

Today, the College of Paramedics has great pleasure in announcing the recipients of our 2021 Honour Awards. 

This year, we had an excellent response in terms of nominations, and it was wonderful to see so many paramedics recognised by their peers.
A special celebratory afternoon tea will take place in Birmingham on September 3, 2021 which will be attended by all the award recipients.

This year, Fellowships are awarded to:

Aimee Yarrington
A midwife and a paramedic, Aimee continues to work in both roles and has honorary lectureships with three universities and provides regular CPD for pre-hospital clinicians who wish to advance their knowledge in maternity issues.


Els Freshwater
Els is a Consultant Paramedic and Lead Advanced Clinical Practitioner with University Hospital Southampton and a member of Critical Care Paramedic Special Interest Group, College of Paramedics.


Graham McClelland
As well as being a Paramedic Research Fellow, North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust and a Visiting Clinical Researcher, Stroke Research Group, Newcastle University, Graham is also the editor of the British Paramedic Journal.


Kirsty Lowery-Richardson
Kirsty is Workforce Transformation Lead at Health Education England (West Yorkshire and Harrogate ICS) and Associate Dean at Health Education England, Yorkshire and The Humber, and is Vice-chair of the College Education Advisory Group. 


Rhian Monteith
Rhian is founder of the High Intensity Use Programmes and National Lead for NHS England & Improvement in this field, as well as designer of the rotational roles for paramedics.


Will Broughton
Will is an Associate Professor of Paramedic Science at Buckinghamshire New University, continues to work clinically as a paramedic for two NHS ambulance trusts and within NHS111 and is the College of Paramedics’ Trustee for Professional Standards. 

To be considered for this award nominees had to have shown an outstanding contribution to the achievement of: 
The development and growth of the College of Paramedics
Improving paramedic professional practice and, in turn, patient care or population health and wellbeing
Development of paramedic education and, in turn, patient care or population health and wellbeing

Fellows of the College of Paramedics can become members of the Honours and Awards Committee and the title includes the post nominal of FCPara.

For the Honorary Fellowship Award, it was felt two nominees stood out for the outstanding contribution they have made to the College of Paramedics and paramedic profession as a whole. This award is bestowed upon individuals who are not paramedics.

Honorary Fellowships are awarded to:


Andrea James
Andrea is a lawyer with Brabners who specialises in defending professionals at fitness to practise proceedings before their regulatory bodies.


Bo Escritt
Bo is a HR professional, with substantial experience working in the charity and health sectors and is currently working with the College of Paramedics as an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Adviser.

A new award for 2021 is Companionship of the College of Paramedics. Nominees for this award needed to have made a distinctive and notably commendable service to the paramedic profession. 
A Companionship of the College of Paramedics is awarded to:

Harrison Young

Harrison is a paramedic who has co-founded Medical Training Solutions Ltd which operates as a medical training provider across the UK. 

We congratulate all the recipients of this year’s Honour Awards and thank them for the tremendous contributions they have made to the College of Paramedics and the profession as a whole.

Paramedic Prescribers: New AMS (antimicrobial stewardship) out of hours e-learning programme available 

11/06/2021


 
Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) in partnership with the University of Southampton, the University of Oxford, the University of Bristol and University College London have launched a new AMS (antimicrobial stewardship) out of hours e-learning programme. This will be of interest to paramedic prescribers and all who are concerned about the challenges associated with overuse of antimicrobial medications.

Developed with the inclusion of real consultations, the e-learning includes resources designed for nurses, paramedics, pharmacists, GPs and others, prescribing antibiotics in community settings, out of hours, during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. The e-learning sessions take approximately 20 minutes to complete. Topics are:

• session 1: managing patient expectations
• session 2: providing self-care advice
• session 3: delayed antibiotic prescribing
• session 4: giving safety netting advice

Key learning points and self-assessments are included in each session, to help learners reflect on their knowledge and a certificate is available to download on completion of each session. You can visit the (AMS) antimicrobial stewardship out of hours programme page to learn more about the e-learning, which is also available to the NHS health and care workforce via the Electronic Staff Record (ESR).

College of Paramedics Members in Favour of the New Governance Restructure

11/06/2021


Result of the member vote on the SPECIAL RESOLUTION: THAT the Articles of Association of the Company be altered so as to take the form of the Articles of Association attached hereto, in substitution for, and to the exclusion of, any articles of association of the Company previously registered with the Registrar of Companies.

Thank you to our members who attended our three member engagement sessions and our EGM.

Thank you also to those members who voted - 1,156 members cast their vote, either in April or in May/June. 22 of these were cast by members during the poll at the EGM via Civica Election Services (CES), while the rest were cast by proxy via CES. This is a very encouraging turn out from within our (at the time) 14,599 voting members and shows us how important the College governance structure is to our members.

The vote closed at 13:15 on Tuesday the 8th June, being extended 15 minutes along with the end of the EGM, to accommodate answers to questions from members. CES hold the results of the vote and have informed us that our members have voted to approve our new governing document, the Memorandum and Articles of Association.

The details:



To view the Report of votes from Civica Election Services click here.

We are delighted to receive this approval, it will allow us to implement our new governance structure at our AGM 14th September 2021.

We are now entering a transitional phase and we will update you on next steps in the coming weeks.

Statement from AGP Alliance 

09/06/2021



DELTA VARIANT AND SURGE IN COVID-19 POSITIVE CASES CREATE NEW URGENCY FOR GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE FOR HEALTHCARE WORKERS TO BE UPDATED

Representatives from over 20 healthcare organisations, including the AGP alliance* met with DHSC, IPC, NHSEI and PHE on 3 June 2021 to press the Government to change its UK Infection Prevention Control Guidance to reflect short and long-range airborne transmission of COVID-19 and to recognise the need to provide frontline healthcare workers with enhanced PPE.

A presentation was made to the meeting delegates and this can be viewed here.

Whilst welcoming the Government’s proposal to have further stakeholder meetings, the alliance was both surprised and disappointed that new, compelling scientific evidence and changes to guidance in the US and Europe were not considered strong enough reasons to change their guidance at this time.

The alliance still believes that immediate changes to the guidance are essential. They should not be delayed.

The new Delta variant and recent surges in COVID-19 positive cases make the case urgent for healthcare workers to be fully protected and provided with FFP3 masks when seeing patients.

*Association for Respiratory Technology & Physiology; BAPEN; British Association of Stroke Physicians; British Dietetic Association; British Society of Gastroenterology; Chartered Society of Physiotherapy; College of Paramedics; Confederation of British Surgery; Doctors Association UK; Fresh Air NHS; GMB Union; Hospital Consultants and Specialists Association; Med Supply Drive; National Nurses Nutrition Group; Queen’s Nursing Institute Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists; Trident HS; Unite the Union

Optimising the Contribution of the Allied Health Professions Support Workforce

01/06/2021

A statement from the following Professional Bodies and Trade Union Partners


Purpose of this statement
As Professional Bodies and Trade Union partners for the Allied Health Professions (AHPs), we aim to ensure that the knowledge, skills, attributes and experience of the AHP non-registered (support) workforce are fully utilised.

We are calling for a UK wide commitment from employers, policy makers and workforce planners in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales to take action to grow and develop the AHP support workforce.

In addition we are calling for greater numbers of regulated Allied Health Professionals so that there is capacity within the regulated workforce to provide supervision, oversight and support to those in the support workforce. This requires further work to enable and develop all of the regulated Allied Health Professions adequately, as well as the support workforce.
The AHP support workforce referenced in this statement is inclusive of all those in profession specific and generic roles and across all settings and sectors where AHPs are deployed.

How we intend to use this statement
To strengthen our voice and inform workforce policy discussions, including arguing for investment in the growth and development of the AHP support workforce.
To empower our respective members to advocate for the growth and development of AHP support workers in local workforce development plans.

1. The issues
The AHP support workforce make a significant contribution to AHP services. Supporting them to develop to the height of their capability is crucial in order to enable AHP services to meet rising population and person demand and in supporting wider workforce transformation.

AHP support workers possess skills and experience that are essential to delivering safe, effective and productive AHP services. However, this contribution frequently goes unrecognised. There is now a sense of urgency as the COVID-19 pandemic has created new direct and indirect levels of need. AHP support workers can help meet this need by fully using their knowledge, skills, attributes, and experience. This contribution needs to be planned for in a strategic and co-ordinated way to support greater responsiveness across systems.

AHP support workers tell us of their frustration and comment that their roles feel ‘invisible’. They are often not involved in plans that affect them and their opportunities to develop and progress do not reflect their value as a workforce or within the teams in which they work. Many feel that they lack a clear pathway for career progression and report a lack of clarity and consistency in the requirements, responsibilities and boundaries between jobs at different grades.

We believe several factors contribute to this:
- inadequate data on how AHP support workers are deployed and their impact in the sectors, settings and services in which they work
- inaccuracies in job descriptions and inconsistencies in job titles and remuneration both within the same profession and across professions
- inadequate investment in AHP support workers’ learning and development
- lack of clear progression routes within AHP support worker roles and into the registered professions

If these issues are addressed, opportunities to enable the AHP support workforce to work at the height of their capability and in order that they can fully contribute to new ways of working can be progressed.

2. Actions we commit to take

2.1
work with UK Governments and relevant arm’s length bodies to bring about change in order to increase the number of AHP support workers and ensure they have consistent access to appropriate education, training and development that enables them to thrive

2.2
take action to increase equity, diversity and belonging within the AHP support workforce

2.3
lobby for consistent and equitable access to continued professional development for the AHP support workforce

2.4
support the development and implementation of career frameworks and supporting resources

2.5
highlight the role and contribution of the AHP support workforce nationally

3. Actions needed by others
The following are areas we have identified as requiring direction and support:

3.1
Recognition of the contribution of the AHP support worker workforce through:
- delivering consistent funding streams to support sustainable access to education training and development that meets the needs of the AHP support workforce
- including the AHP support workforce in national and local workforce development plans
- including the AHP support workforce in initiatives to promote AHP careers
- engaging in initiatives to promote the value of the AHP support workforce
- developing national programmes to ensure this group have a voice and are actively engaged and heard in developments and changes that affect them

3.2
AHP support worker career development and progression frameworks that cut across sectors and include:
- a career route map from post 16 education
- clarity of education, experience and entry requirements at different levels of practice
- mapping of levels of practice to scope of job roles at different levels
- synergies with professional bodies’ frameworks
- routes to bridge into the regulated professions

3.3
Learning and development provision that meets the specific needs of the AHP workforce

Letter to BBC North West 

28/05/2021



College of Paramedics responds to BBC North West following their misleading headline regarding the first paramedic on scene at the Manchester Arena bombing.

Click here to download. 

Click here to download the response from BBC Complaints. 

Have Your Say - Time To Vote!

25/05/2021


The rescheduled Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) will be held at 12:30 on the 8th June 2021, at which we will formally present the present the Memorandum and Articles of Association to the membership. This follows two successful member engagement sessions held on the 26th May, where we presented information about the governance restructure, and members were given another chance to ask questions. These sessions will be made available on the CPD Hub and provide more information, so you can make your decision when voting. To read more about the restructure click here.

Member approval of the governing document, the Memorandum and Articles of Association is an important and vital step in our governance restructure, that will allow it to be implemented in its entirety and complete the process from a legal perspective. 
This is your opportunity to be part of the decision-making process to shape the future of your professional body so please look for the email from Civica Election Services (CES), cast your vote and have your say.

Voting will open again tomorrow
For members that voted during April, on the Memorandum and Articles of Association, your vote will stand as legal and valid, however you will be given the opportunity to change your vote, should you wish to.

If you did not vote previously, you have another chance to do so, so look out for your email from CES whether you voted previously or not.

Voting will close at our EGM on the 8th June, and a membership vote of approval will put us in the position to implement our new governance processes following the AGM in September. To attend our EGM, book your place here.

Voting
All full members will receive an email from Civica Election Services (CES) on the 26th May. If you have not voted already your email will contain a link to follow in order to vote, whether or not you can attend the EGM. If you have already voted, your email will invite you to contact CES if you want to change your vote.

If you cannot find the email you should:
•            Search your inbox for an email from 
takepart@cesvotes.com with subject: College of Paramedics - EGM 2021.                 
•            Check your junk/spam folder.
•            Ensure that we have the correct contact details for you by checking your profile at Member Hub, while logged in.

If you believe you need your email reissued you can: 
•            Email 
support@cesvotes.com to request a reissue, being sure to mention it’s for the College of Paramedics EGM 2021.
•            Request an automatic reissue via 
https://secure.cesvotes.com/V3-0-0/contact/forgotcodes.aspx?JMSJobno=m1724_1 For this process, you will need to enter the email address that we have registered to you in our database.

If you are still unable to find an email and believe that you should have received one, please contact 
penny.jones@collegeofparamedics.co.uk.

Anniversary of the death of George Floyd

25/05/2021


Tuesday, 25th May marks the anniversary of George Floyd’s death, which ignited Black Lives Matter protests around the world for racial equality. It is a day to reflect on race equality.
We are proud to represent paramedics from all backgrounds and proud to serve our diverse communities. We welcome diversity and celebrate difference in all its forms and the enrichment it brings to all our lives.

We are committed to continue working towards an inclusive organisation and appreciate that there is still much work to do. We want to make it clear that we stand united against racism and all forms of discrimination and prejudice.

We show our support and solidarity with Black, Asian and minority communities throughout the UK and around the world in the relentless pursuit of equality and the fight against racism and discrimination. 

We would like to use this day as a call to action for us all, to consider how we act and our personal responsibility, in creating a fairer and inclusive society for all. Today is a time to reflect, to renew our commitments against racism and discrimination and to redouble our efforts towards the achievement of this goal.
 
Find out how we are increasing diversity and inclusion within the College and the paramedic profession here.
Read our Belonging and Inclusion Strategy 2021.

Supporting Practice-based Learning in Retirement

24/05/2021


Paramedics inevitably will make a difficult decision to retire from the NHS, with years of knowledge, skills and expertise in clinical practice and leadership roles. Having an opportunity to share this and support the future workforce may be an attractive option.

meganparr@nhs.net, (Clinical Fellow with HEE) is developing a quick reference guide aimed at employers and individuals considering retirement (or who have already retired) to consider their options in retaining staff expertise to support the development of learners. The user-friendly guide and two e-learning modules will be available in the early summer. They will highlight the benefits to taking this staying connected, offering some models of practice-based learning and associated resources and suggest some practical methods of applying the guidance in organisations. There will be resources signposting individuals to a whole range of information including implications for pensions, NHS England & Improvement Retention Programme and the HCPC Return to Practice process.

We will update you as soon as it is released.

Bob Fellows FCPara, Head of Education, College of Paramedics.

Suicide Prevention in the Ambulance Service

19/05/2021


At the Ambulance Leadership Forum on the 18th May, Suzanne Rastrick, Chief Allied Health Professions Officer for England, launched a selection of publications to support ambulance services to reduce suicide. These publications are the culmination of collaborative work by colleagues in the ambulances services, The Association of Ambulance Chief Executives, The College of Paramedics, NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSEI), Public Health England (PHE), The University of East Anglia, The Ambulance Staff Charity (TASC) and The Samaritans. There are three Working Together to Prevent Suicide in the Ambulance Service publications: A National Consensus Statement for England, What We Know, and Next Steps. 

Liz Harris, Head of Professional Standards, College of Paramedics said:
"I am very pleased and proud to have been part of this work with our Chief Executive Tracy Nicholls, and colleagues Jo Mildenhall and Sasha Johnson from our Paramedic Mental Health and Wellbeing Steering Group. These publications represent a very visible and firm step forwards towards reducing the number of our colleagues that tragically die by suicide. Special thanks go Suzanne Rastrick for commissioning this work, and to Steph Gates (NHSEI), Lindle Hindle and Sandra James (PHE) for their work on these documents and for steering the group through to publication. There is still more work to be done, and we will not stop or rest here. The excellent collaborative group work will continue under the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives, and I look forward to the release of more publications coming soon from TASC and The Samaritans. The College of Paramedics will continue to be completely committed to this valuable working group and also to own project, starting imminently, to develop resources to better support the mental health and wellbeing of student paramedics and those in our profession who are newly qualified."

To read more and download the health, wellbeing and preventing suicide publications in full click here.

Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities

18/05/2021


In January we worked in collaboration with the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities who were seeking the opinions of doctors, nurses and paramedics, to help them identify and understand the drivers behind disparities within the health service. As part of their ongoing work, the Commission ran running focus groups for the professions above, which included a number of College members from around the UK, including members of our Diversity Steering Group.
The Commission’s report was published on the 31st March. The College response to the report, including a response from the members of the Diversity Steering Group can be read here.

Dr John Hinds Scholarship Award Winner Announced

17/05/2021


The College of Paramedics, in association with Galen, the privately owned pharmaceutical sales and marketing company, is proud to announce the winner of the Dr John Hinds Scholarship Award 2021: Edel Mullen of National Ambulance Service in Ireland.

As this year’s winner, Edel, who is a paramedic in the North Leinster area, will now take up a fully funded place on the much-coveted Anaesthesia Trauma and Critical Care (ATACC) course, broadly accepted as the most advanced trauma course available worldwide.

To qualify for the annual scholarship, entrants were required to write a case study, written to protect patient confidentiality, using original text and including all appropriate references.

When told about her win, Edel said: “I have always had a passion for first aid, and through volunteer work with a local rescue group, I was able to expand my knowledge in first aid and patient care. From there, I pursued a career in Pre-Hospital Emergency Care and recently qualified as a paramedic. John Hinds’ name is mentioned frequently and now to receive the award named after him is such a great honour. I am really looking forward to having the opportunity to attend the ATACC course.”

The Dr John Hinds Scholarship is presented in memory of the late Dr John Hinds who was regarded as an inspirational leader by paramedics and emergency medical technicians, and indeed, by anyone with an interest in pre-hospital care across Ireland. A world-renowned critical care physician from Northern Ireland, Dr Hinds, whose untimely death occurred six years ago on 4th July 2015, selflessly gave a huge amount of his own time to educating and supporting paramedics and ambulance staff in his homeland.

Dr Dennise Broderick, Galen’s Managing Director & President stated, “This award highlights the crucial work undertaken by paramedic professionals right across Ireland and their ongoing commitment to providing critical care to patients despite the challenges faced throughout the pandemic. Galen is extremely proud to, once again, provide our support for this annual award and I would like to offer my congratulations to Edel as she advances her expertise and gains access to a highly coveted training programme.”

A member of the Hinds family commented: “It gives us, as a family, such comfort and pride that the Dr John Hinds scholarship award continues to inspire and educate our current paramedics and first responders. John had such enthusiasm for sharing knowledge and passing on his expertise so that his colleagues could gain new insights which would ultimately benefit patients and save lives.

“We sincerely hope Edel thoroughly enjoys her place on the ATACC course and would like to thank everyone at the College of Paramedics, the ATACC group and Galen for their continued support for the Dr John Hinds scholarship award.”


The College of Paramedics will present the award to Edel at an official awards ceremony later this year.

New Mental Health Project Lead Appointed

13/05/2021


Today, the College of Paramedics is delighted to announce that Jo Mildenhall has been appointed the new Mental Health Project Lead on a fixed term basis for one year. Jo was successful in securing this position through a selection and interview process earlier this year and will start with the College of Paramedics in June.

Jo is currently a Senior Lecturer in Paramedicine at the University of the West of England. Prior to this role, Jo was Clinical Lead for Mental Health at South Western Ambulance Service, and an Operational Paramedic Team Leader at South Central Ambulance Service (where she still undertakes clinical paramedic shifts).

Jo is also a registered therapeutic counsellor and experienced TRiM Practitioner. She is reading Trauma Psychology for her Doctorate at the University of York and is developing as a subject matter expert in paramedic psychological wellbeing, emotionality, and organisational culture. In 2019, Jo was very fortunate to be awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust research fellowship, enabling her to travel to Australia and New Zealand to practically research paramedic and ambulance staff mental wellbeing programmes, innovative support processes and learn from the latest international research studies.

The Mental Health Project Lead role that Jo is undertaking was made possible due to a successful bid for funding from the Covid Healthcare Support Appeal (CHSA) fund last year. This project, working with the NHS Practitioner Health service and The Ambulance Staff Charity is to develop a service to provide specialist mental health interventions for College of Paramedics members with the most serious and complex mental health needs.

Liz Harris, Head of Professional Standards said;
“I am really pleased that Jo has accepted this formal role with the College of Paramedics. Jo has been a voluntary member of the Paramedic Mental Health and Wellbeing Steering Group since its inception in 2018, and since then has committed her expertise and plenty of her own time and effort to ongoing workstreams and projects the College has been involved with. I now look forward to working even more closely with Jo on this amazing project.”  

Jo Mildenhall looks forward to taking on this new role;
“I am absolutely delighted and honoured to have been appointed by the College to lead on this valuable project which will place our member's mental health as an absolute priority. The last year in particular has been unimaginably difficult for us all, and never has protecting and supporting paramedic's psychological health and wellbeing been more important. To collaborate with key organisations to ensure that we develop a service to provide specialist care and interventions to meet the needs of colleagues who may benefit from complex psychological support, is an incredible privilege. I look forward to working with the College and its stakeholders to ensure we do even more for the mental health and wellbeing of paramedics.”

For more information about the CHSA funding click here to read our news item from last year.

College of Paramedics Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) - New Date

11/05/2021


As you may already be aware, we have a continually growing membership and we have now outgrown our current structure. We announced a proposed restructure in December 2020 to develop and strengthen the organisation for the future, to ensure we are more agile and that we can meet the needs of a growing and increasingly more diverse membership.

Following the postponement of our EGM on the 27th April, we have made the following small changes to the Memorandum and Articles of Association previously provided, in order to improve clarity; a full stop will be added, and 3 instances referring to Full members will be changed to voting members.  

We are now asking members again to approve this governing document, through a special resolution at an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) which will be held at 12:30 on the 8th June 2021. This approval of the Memorandum and Articles of Association will complete the restructure from a legal perspective. The opportunity to vote or, if you have voted already, to change your vote will be provided from the 26th May, closing at 12:55 on the 8th June during the EGM. This is an important and vital step for all our members, and it is your opportunity to be part of the decision-making process to shape the future of your professional body, so please look for the email from Civica Election Services (CES), cast your vote and have your say.

On Wednesday the 26th May we are offering our members two opportunities to attend a member engagement session where we will present information about the restructure, with another chance to ask questions, in order to provide more information so you can make your decision when voting. To sign up for one of these sessions click here.

To read more information about the restructure, including a Q&A, click here.

The Memorandum and Articles of Association document is available to download here and to attend our EGM, click here.

If we gain the approval of our members through this vote, we will then be in a position to implement our new governance processes following the AGM in September 2021.

Resuscitation Council UK Guidelines 2021 Published

05/05/2021


The Resuscitation Council UK’s 2021 Guidelines have been published. These revised Guidelines, written by leading experts in resuscitation, provide up-to-date, evidence-based best practice for clinical excellence in resuscitation. They cover all age groups and aim to give people their best chance of a successful outcome from cardiac arrest, as well as improve patient and family experiences of conversations and decision-making to plan care they would want at the end of life.  

Read the RCUK Guidelines for best practice for resuscitation.
All healthcare organisations and individuals will plan to implement the changes into practice within the next 12 months.  

Find more information on the Resuscitation Council UK website: www.resus.org.uk

College of Paramedics Launch Free Wellbeing App for Members 

04/05/2021


Today we announce the launch of the College of Paramedics Wellbeing App. This app will help you get an accurate picture of your mental wellbeing, increase your self-awareness, support your healthy habits and track your progress over time. All at your own pace. When we have good mental health, we can manage the demands of our life easier, and support our patients and families to the best of our ability. The College of Paramedics wellbeing app is powered by 87%. 87% is a partner organisation and a team of experts in psychology and technology that have come together to design and create an app to provide the insights necessary to measure, understand and improve mental wellbeing. Other organisations that use a version of this app are the Royal College of Emergency Medicine and the London Ambulance Service.

To access this member benefit go to the 'Communication Preferences' section of your member login profile and select the ‘Access to Wellbeing App’ option button. Please take this opportunity to ensure all of your details are correct and up to date in your member profile. You will then receive (please allow 48 hours) a personal invite to the email address that we hold for you, with information on how to download and register with the app. If you don’t receive the registration invite, please go back to your College of Paramedics member login and check the email address that we hold for you is correct and that the ‘Access to Wellbeing App’ option button is selected.

Once you have received the invite, all the information you need to register is there, including a support email address that you can use to contact 87% if you encounter any difficulties registering for the app.

In line with GDPR requirements we have a data sharing agreement with 87% and we will only share the minimum amount of your data. This includes your name and email address. Also for demographic monitoring purposes and app evaluation processes we will also share your year of birth, your region and whether you are a full, student or associate member of the College of Paramedics. When you register for the app you do have the ability to register with a different email address to the one that we hold for you, if this is your preference. For more information on 87% and to read their privacy policy, click here.
 

Infection Prevention and Control

28/04/2021


The pandemic has thrust infection prevention and control (IPC) into the spotlight like never before, and huge efforts have been made locally, regionally and nationally to maintain the highest level of excellence, instilling confidence in our local communities.

Compliance with IPC measures will be critical in healthcare settings as restrictions ease and more people become vaccinated. To support trusts, NHS England and NHS Improvement has led a project to better understand the complex drivers of behaviours that influence how people act and what support can be offered to improve compliance.

Guided by behavioural science, research was undertaken to gather insight from frontline staff, patients, professional bodies, and clinical and IPC experts to understand what factors influence compliance and co-design interventions and solutions.

The ‘Every action counts’ products suite was developed to address the key themes of the research. The suite includes an implementation toolkit supported by communication and operational resources to strengthen IPC leadership and culture, staff and patient engagement, training, and operational management.

The toolkit and suite of resources is now available here.  

A video which is suitable for staff facing channels is available here.

National Booking Service – Booking Functionality Reinstated for Self-Declaring Health and Social Care Workers

26/04/2021


• Earlier this month, functionality for frontline eligible health and social care workers to book their COVID-19 vaccination through the National Booking Service (www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or 119) through self-referral temporarily stopped.

• Please note that this functionality for frontline eligible health and social care workers has been reinstated.

• The same eligibility checks and ID requirements remain in place for frontline eligible health and social care workers – please see eligibility guidance below. While these are the points of guidance in use, we are considering further information to reduce the risk of eligible people being refused (including wider definitions of those eligible, and a reminder that some may be self-employed or are students on placement outside the NHS).

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Eligibility checks for frontline eligible health and social care workers

When the individual arrives for their appointment

They should verbally declare to the person at the vaccination site that is booking them in that:

• they are a health or social care worker
• the type of role/work they do
• the name of their employer

The person should also show further proof of employment as a health or social care worker such as one of the following:
• A recent letter from their employer
• A staff ID badge
• A recent (last 3 months) payslip which shows their employer.

The individual should be informed, by the person recoding their vaccination, that it will be recorded that they are a health or social care worker.

Who are eligible frontline social care or health care workers in England?

People that have direct contact with patients, clients or service users at higher risk from coronavirus (COVID-19).

Health workers, for example:
• you work in a clinical role (such as a doctor or nurse)
• you have contact in a non-clinical role (such as a receptionist or porter)
• you work in a hospital laboratory, mortuary or a funeral home

Social care workers, for example:
• you are a registered professional in social care (such as a social worker or nurse)
• you work in residential care, nursing care or in supported living
• you provide personal care for people in their homes

The following are, however, not eligible within this priority group as defined by the JCVI:
• Administrative staff who do not have any direct contact with clients.
• Social care workers working with children who are not considered priority within the context of the JCVI priority cohorts 1-9 (children under 16 who do not have underlying health conditions leading to greater risk of disease or mortality and children who have no underlying health conditions).

Postponement of EGM

26/04/2021


Regrettably, we have noted that due to the Easter bank holiday weekend, we are 48 hours short on the required notice period that we must give our members to vote on the special resolution on the new Memorandum and Articles of Association, prior to the EGM that was due to take place tomorrow 27th April. 

In order to ensure we follow due legal process and we conduct our business in a transparent way, we will be rescheduling the EGM, along with the special resolution, to a later date. This will incorporate the required notice period.

The CPD sessions will still go ahead as advertised and we would now like our members to attend a member engagement meeting in replace of the formal EGM. Member opinion and feedback is a valuable contribution towards our development, so providing this opportunity for the membership to engage is important to us. This engagement session will provide a unique opportunity for members to hear in more detail about the governance restructure of the organisation and importantly ask any questions that you may have on the restructure, the Articles and the legal processes involved.

More information, which is updated regularly can be found on the Governance Restructure Page.  

College of Paramedics CPD and member engagement meeting schedule
12:00 - Welcome
12:05 - CPD Presentation - Conflict management, having that awkward conversation. CPD session with Sam Willis and Steve Poulton.
12:45 - Member engagement session - Presented by John Martin
13:15 - CPD Presentation - Perplexing Presentations and Fabricated or Induced Illness in Children Presented by Dr Danya Glaser
14:00 - Event close

Book your place here.

Critical Incident - Series 3

09/04/2021


Tern Television are looking for stories for the new BBC series of Critical Incident. The series will cover the issue of assaults on emergency service staff. 
Tern Tv - Programme - Critical Incident

Do you have our own story to share?
Ambulance services and the NHS have never been under more pressure. There have been so many stories in the news about how lockdown has also brought out the worst in people, often against the people who are simply there to help. 
If you are interested in participating in the programmes and will be willing to discuss your experiences, please contact the Producer, Susie Wright: susie.wright@terntv.com

Synopsis
Tern Television has been commissioned by the BBC to make a third series of Critical Incident. This 15-part documentary series tells the true stories of paramedics, police officers and firefighters who have been attacked and injured in the line of duty, with an emphasis on their recovery and return to work. It also considers how and when the criminals responsible are brought to justice.

Although the focus is to highlight the issue of assaults on emergency service staff, we also want to talk to paramedics, ambulance technicians, dispatchers, and other ambulance staff who have had “near misses” – experiences that could have put them in harm’s way – as well as exploring the impact that other incidents such as verbal abuse, coughing, spitting etc. have on ambulance staff. We hope that in sharing these experiences with the tv audience, they will better understand the incredible bravery and dedication of the men and women working in the ambulance service, especially during the pandemic.

The TV Process & Programme
The original series of Critical Incident, which broadcast in 2019, was developed with the assistance of the Police Federation of England & Wales and used the #ProtecttheProtectors Campaign as the blueprint for the programmes. Several officers who featured in the campaign agreed to take part in the series, which was nominated for ‘Best Daytime Series’ in the 2019 Broadcast Awards.
We are keen to keep building on these relationships but also use the success of the first two series to establish new connections and keep finding stories from ambulance services in other parts of the country.

After an initial research chat over the phone, we would like to interview ambulance staff on camera. With your permission, we would also like to approach their colleagues, senior officers and family members. In the first instance however – we will only ask to talk to the person involved. This gives our key interviewees time to get to grips with the programme they are being asked to take part in and fully consider whether it is right for them.

Wherever possible we use bodycam, dashcam, helicam, radio comms, CCTV and/or UCG, to illustrate the gravity of the incidents that the officers were involved in. This impactful archive, alongside poignant testimony, is a key element of the series. It would be hugely helpful if, later down the line, you could provide any related footage. We are aware of the sensitivities around this type of archive and have rigorous legal and compliance protocols in place concerning its transmission.

A key moment in the series will be to show the return to work – whether it’s the first day back on shift, getting back behind the wheel, working on a particular route or back in uniform. This is designed to reflect the dedication and bravery of men and women at the frontline of keeping the public safe. Where relevant, we would also be interested in portraying elements of rehabilitation and recovery for those staff members who have required medical treatment.

We worked closely with emergency service organisations from all over the UK to make the first two series. These included: Ambulance Trusts in the West Midlands, Northern Ireland and the South West as well as Humberside FRS, Tyne & Wear FRS, Kent Police, GMP, West Midlands Police, The Met and many, many more.

Duty of Care
We want our audience to understand the demands of working in the ambulance service and therefore we want to hear what staff have been through - in their own words. We have filmed with many paramedics and ATs who had been through disturbing and traumatic incidents and we understand that for many, taking part in these interviews and reliving harrowing incidents can be incredibly difficult as well as rewarding.

We have a highly experienced team of programme makers in place, who ensure the highest standards of duty of care at all times. We will always treat anyone who takes part with the utmost care, respect and sensitivity. All calls will be handled in complete confidence.

Timeline
• We anticipate that filming will take no more than 1-2 days per story and we will work with you to minimise disruption and fit in with your shifts.
• The filming period for this series will start in June and is likely to carry on until February 2022.
• The series is due to be aired in Spring 2022.

Safe Filming During Covid
Tern Television has stringent safety protocols in place specifically designed for this production in order to ensure safe filming at all times. The production team (maximum two crew per shoot) will operate a series of safe-distancing measures, including conducting all interviews from a 2m distance and we can film outside if necessary. Prior to each shoot, we will work with you to risk assess each location and incorporate any protocols and instructions you have in place.

We will closely monitor the health and exposure of our team and the contributors, including any underlying medical conditions, symptoms of illness and social contact in the 14 days preceding the filming date.

Our overriding principle is that health will always take precedence over filming needs and we will only ever aim to film what is necessary for the programme using the precautions laid set out in the protocols, to mitigate against the risk of Covid-19.

The production crew will have been required to have successfully completed the safe filming awareness training certification course provided by ScreenSkills prior to starting filming.

Slot
The series has been commissioned by the BBC to go out in the Spring 2022 schedule in the 9.15am slot immediately after the BBC Breakfast Show. The first two series were regularly watched by an audience of at least 1.5m viewers. Over its run (date TBC), the series will be shown every weekday for three weeks and each episode will be available on iPlayer immediately after transmission.

About Tern Television
Tern Television is an award-winning television production company with an international reputation for making high-quality programmes.

We take pride in how we work with contributors and will always seek to portray their stories in a truthful, accurate and sensitive way. As well as putting your staff’s well-being at the heart of this production, we will also work closely with your organisation throughout the process to ensure the highest levels of truth and accuracy when it comes to telling these stories, and that filming is kept to a minimum to avoid any disruption to daily and professional lives.

NHS Regional Clinical Fellows Scheme

09/04/2021


Launch of the inaugural NHS Regional Clinical Fellow Scheme 2021/22
Now open to applications!

NHS England and NHS Improvement have partnered with the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management to establish the new NHS Regional Clinical Fellow Scheme. The scheme will deliver on a key commitment of the NHS People Plan 2020/21 to expand the opportunities and support to talented clinical leaders and to strengthen clinical leadership capability in the NHS.  

Applications are invited for a new and exciting fellowship scheme for aspiring clinical leaders.
NHS Regional Clinical Fellow Scheme

About the scheme
Clinical fellows will be based in NHS regional teams across England for 12 months from 1 September 2021. 
Posts are available less than full time and are hosted by NHS England and NHS Improvement. 

Clinical fellows will lead key projects that contribute to regional and national priorities and will develop a range of skills in leadership, management, strategy, policy, workforce, supported by a comprehensive education programme.

The scheme is open to doctors in training, dentists, pharmacists, allied health professionals, nurses, midwives, and healthcare scientists who are keen to increase their leadership capabilities and have not held a senior leadership role previously.

The scheme is sponsored by NHS England and NHS Improvement and is produced and managed by the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management.

How to apply
The scheme is open to qualified clinicians that hold full registration with the relevant professional body and are able to demonstrate experience at team leader level, equivalent to an NHS Band 7 role. Doctors must have completed foundation training and not gained CCT.

The deadline to apply is 9am on Tuesday 4 May 2021.
See the FMLM website for full details: www.fmlm.ac.uk

If you have any questions or requests for further information email: clinicalfellowscheme@fmlm.ac.uk
 

The College of Paramedics joins the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change

 

07/04/2021


The College of Paramedics is the latest healthcare member organisation to join the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change (UKHACC).

Formed in 2016, the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change represents over 650,000 health professionals working across the NHS, including GPS, surgeons and nurses to advocate for responses to climate change that simultaneously protect and promote public health. More than 20 health organisations, including the Royal Society of Medicine, the Royal College of Nursing and the British Medical Association have so far joined the Alliance.

Chair of the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change, Dr Richard Smith said:
“We are delighted to have the paramedics join us. They are an increasingly important group within healthcare, and countering the climate crisis requires action from every group of health professionals. As the country prepares to host the COP26 climate conference later this year, we are also seeing a growing concern and desire amongst the health community for the UK Government to take stronger climate action.”

Tracy Nicholls, CEO of the College of Paramedics, said:
“The College is delighted to be able to support the urgent issues that we see arising from climate change. Many members, including our Board of Trustees, have asked for our plans in tackling the health issues that arise from our climate emergency and we are very aware that we all have to play our part. This relationship will help the College to actively contribute to this vital agenda and we welcome the support of the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change in doing so.” 

In 2015, former Director General of the World Health Organisation, Dr Margaret Chan, described climate change as “the greatest threat to global health in the 21st century”.
However, many of the actions which combat climate change are also good for our own health, a relationship which the UKHACC has been instrumental in communicating to the UK Government and the health profession since its foundation.

In 2019, the Alliance played a significant role in the successful campaign to persuade the UK Government to become the first major economy to set a target for carbon neutrality before 2050. The following year, it supported NHS England’s Greener NHS programme to become the world’s first carbon-neutral health service by 2040, thus helping to prevent climate change, reduce illness, and ease pressure on A&Es and the wider health service. Its most recent report, ‘All Consuming: Building a Healthier Food System for People and Planet’ made a series of recommendations calling for an urgent overhaul of the way food is sourced, distributed and consumed in order to mitigate the climate crisis.

To receive regular updates from the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change directly please go to: www.ukhealthalliance.org/sign-up

Views from Paramedic Prescribers Wanted

07/04/2021


The Royal Pharmaceutical Society is seeking views on the updated Prescribing Competency Framework for all prescribers. The College of Paramedics was involved in the development of this document and views from paramedic prescribers would be appreciated. 

Complete the confidential survey by Friday 7 May 2021, to ensure the updated framework is clear, relevant, current and fit for purpose for prescribers from all professional backgrounds. 
www.rpharms.com/resources/frameworks/prescribing-competency-framework/consultation

‘Articles’ Live – Time to Vote!

06/04/2021


As you may already be aware, we have a continually growing membership and we have now outgrown our current structure. We announced a proposed restructure in December 2020 to develop and strengthen the organisation for the future, to ensure we are more agile and that we can meet the needs of a growing and increasingly more diverse membership.

An important and vital step in this restructure is the member approval of the governing document, the Memorandum and Articles of Association, that will allow the restructure to be implemented in its entirety and complete the process from a legal perspective. This is your opportunity to be part of the decision making process to shape the future of your professional body so please look for the email from Civica Election Services (CES), cast your vote and have your say.
This vote will close at our EGM on the 27th April. We will then be in a position to implement our new governance processes following the AGM on the 20th July. To attend our EGM, including two CPD presentations click here.

Download the Memorandum and Articles of Association here.

Voting
All full members will receive an email from Civica Election Services (CES) on the 14th April. Please follow the link in this email to vote, whether or not you can attend the EGM. 

If you cannot find the email you should:
Search your inbox for an email from takepart@cesvotes.com with subject: College of Paramedics - EGM 2021
Check your junk/spam folder
Ensure that we have the correct contact details for you by checking your profile at Member Hub, while logged in.

If you believe you need your email reissued you can: 
Email support@cesvotes.com to request a reissue, being sure to mention it’s for the College of Paramedics EGM 2021
Request an automatic reissue via https://secure.cesvotes.com/V3-0-0/contact/forgotcodes.aspx?JMSJobno=m1724_1 For this process, you will need to enter the email address that we have registered to you in our database.

If you are still unable to find an email and believe that you should have received one, please contact penny.jones@collegeofparamedics.co.uk

 

Alternate Trustee for the London Region Meets Chief Midwifery Officer for England

31/03/2021


Sam Harrison MCPara, Alternate Trustee for the London region met with Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent OBE, Chief Midwifery Officer for England at an event at London Ambulance Service (LAS) HQ on 29th March. Sam chatted to Professor Dunkley-Bent about the role of the College of Paramedics and how the maternity steering board are working to develop maternity care across the paramedic profession.

Also, in attendance at the event were:

• Jessica Reid, Deputy Chief Midwifery Officer for NHSE&I
• Kate Brintworth, Regional Chief Midwife for London at NHSE&I
• Claire Capito, Deputy Regional Chief Midwife for London at NHSE&I

Mind Survey Reveals Toll of Pandemic on Ambulance Workers’ Mental Health

31/03/2021


·  Mental health charity reveals ambulance service worst affected when it comes to impact of COVID on mental health
·  Survey data shows increased prevalence of poor mental health across police, fire and ambulance services, with seven in ten (69 per cent) staff and volunteers reporting a worsening of mental health over the past year
·  Data from a survey of almost 4,000 staff and volunteers across police, fire and ambulance services in the UK* has laid bare the scale of poor mental health among emergency responders. The statistics come as Mind announces the relaunch of their Blue Light
·  Programme of wellbeing support for the emergency services, which has been funded by The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
·  The online survey found that mental health has worsened across 999 services, but that ambulance staff were worst affected. Only one in four (26 per cent) ambulance staff reported their current mental health as very good or good compared to just over one in three police (35 per cent) and almost two in five (39 per cent) survey respondents working within the fire service.
·  Ambulance staff were the most likely (77 per cent) to say their mental health has worsened since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, compared to police (66 per cent) or fire (65 per cent). One in four (25 per cent) 999 staff and volunteers surveyed rated their current mental health as poor or very poor. The highest proportion of respondents saying they had poor mental health were within the ambulance service, at almost one in three (32 per cent). This compares to just under one in four (23 per cent) respondents from the police service and one in five (20 per cent) within the fire service.

Responding to these survey findings, Emma Mamo, Head of Workplace Wellbeing at Mind, said:

“We know that even before the coronavirus outbreak, there were high rates of poor mental health across the emergency services. It’s clear from this latest survey data that the mental health of our emergency responder community has got even worse, with ambulance staff and volunteers hardest hit. Blue light staff have told us that working within the emergency services - especially the ambulance service - is a hugely rewarding but challenging job. Our survey data and interviews with 999 staff and volunteers indicate that coronavirus has made these roles even more demanding, as staff are faced with making more difficult and potentially life-and-death decisions on a daily basis, as well as dealing with death and bereavement, in addition to concerns for their own health and wellbeing and that of their loved ones.

“It’s really important that our hardworking emergency responders are able to access support for their wellbeing if and when they need it. Thanks to funding from The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s COVID-19 Response Fund, Mind is delighted to once again be providing wellbeing support, training and resources to all 999 staff and volunteers via our Blue Light Programme. Over the next year, we hope to be able to reach as many people as possible who need our support. We also hope to help employers embed best practice so that staff and volunteers can continue to access the right support for them in the short and longer-term, as we begin to come to terms with the true mental health impact of the pandemic.”

Ben Hawkins is 22 and lives in Peterborough. He works for East of England Ambulance service as an emergency dispatcher, meaning he’s responsible for prioritising which callers get ambulances and in what order. Ben said:

“At work, I’m a happy, cheery person, but I do struggle with my mental health. In 2019, I lost a best friend to suicide, lost another friend in a car crash, and went through a relationship break-up. This affected me so much that I attempted to take my own life. Thankfully, my friends helped me get through it, although I still experience anxiety and low mood.

“Blue Light staff get sad too and the last year has been especially tough. Christmas Day was especially bad, it was absolutely heart-breaking. For a good few months, it felt like it was just suicide and COVID deaths, all the time. Ambulance staff have been fighting a mental health pandemic as well as dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. As well as dealing with traumatic events, we often get abuse on the phone, even death threats.

“We’re exposed to people’s most horrific hours of their entire lives. It’s a privilege to know in some small way that we have helped but it is tough too. It’s great to hear that Mind’s Blue Light programme is re-launching, I really feel all emergency services staff and volunteers could benefit from extra support for their wellbeing. This has never been more important, as we deal with the fall-out of the pandemic.”

Olivia-Louise Hamilton is 26 and lives in Surrey. She has Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and worked for South East Ambulance Service from February 2016 until December 2020, most recently as a dispatcher in the control room. She said:

“It was a high pressure role but it was great, I loved it. For the last couple of years, my mental health has been quite stable but prior to that I had been very unwell. It was difficult when I was in crisis – self-harming and suicidal - because I didn’t want to call an ambulance and be dealt with by my colleagues. Although I wasn’t open about my mental health with all my co-workers, I did speak to my manager and HR team. One of my managers was fantastic. She asked me how my mental health affected me and what support I needed. Under the Equality Act 2010, my mental health met the definition of a ‘disability’ so I was able to get a ‘reasonable adjustment’ to my working hours. For the last three years, I’d have a ‘hibernation period’ – six to eight weeks off just before winter and make the time up elsewhere. When I was off sick for my mental health, they were brilliant with phased returns, starting with five or six hour shifts and slowly building back up to twelve hours.

“I’ve realised how impactful shift work was on my mental health. Now I do ‘normal’ hours, I couldn’t go back. It’s not just the patterns, but the long days – often twelve hours. On a run of shifts, you work, come home, shower, eat, sleep – that’s it. There is no time for leisure or exercise. The main thing that’s improved for me is routine – I eat more regularly and more healthily because I have time to plan. Having a regular sleep schedule definitely helps my mental health and I get more daylight hours. Previously I’d go three or four days without seeing any daylight - I felt like a vampire!

“Now I’m fully open about my mental health, I’ve had so much support from so many people. Both those within and outside the ambulance service seem to relate and it prompts others to speak up too. It’s great that Mind will be delivering their Blue Light Programme again – that extra support is definitely needed within the emergency services.”

Responding to Mind’s survey data, Anna Parry, Deputy Managing Director at the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives (AACE) said:

“Healthy ambulance staff are integral to the services we provide to patients which is why the data emanating from the Mind survey is particularly worrying. However, with demand for ambulance services at its highest ever level, alongside the additional unique demands of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is perhaps unsurprising that our front-line staff are experiencing pressures that are impacting upon their mental health and this is something the sector is working hard to mitigate.

“Promoting safe and healthy working environments for all ambulance staff, as well as volunteers, is a key national strategic aim for AACE and we are working with our members to ensure that progressive employment policies are in place that are designed to assist the creation of a good work-life balance and, in turn, help support staff who suffer from stress related illness – be it work or non-work related.

“Wellbeing support is offered to all ambulance service staff and volunteers at both local and national levels. A primary focus for us is working with Mind and other partners to ensure the suitability and effectiveness of existing support whilst enhancing understanding and awareness of employee mental health and wellbeing and the range of supports available. We very much welcome the opportunity to continue this work with Mind as part of their Blue Light Programme.”

Request for Member Application to Primary and Urgent Care Special Interest Group (PUCSIG)

31/03/2021


Are you interested in taking more of an active role in the Primary and Urgent Care workstreams? We are looking for more members to join the Special Interest Group here at the College. If you work clinically in Primary or Urgent Care, can commit to a two to three year term attending meetings bi-monthly and want to progress the development of Paramedics in this healthcare setting, then email us at primarycare@collegeofparamedics.co.uk with a 500 word summary of your current role, qualifications and experience and what unique attributes you can bring to the team. We particularly welcome applications from our Welsh members and from those who work in Urgent Care. Please clearly identify your expression of interest (EOI) in the subject heading of your email along with your initials and location in the following format: abbreviated expression of interest in Primary and Urgent Care Special Interest group, initials of name and which country. Eg. EOI PUCSIG – BN (Wales) or EOI PUCSIG – SJ (Scotland). The majority of meetings will be via Teams and will be scheduled late afternoon/early evening.

Practice Guidance for Paramedic Prescribers

30/03/2021


Now available, the new Practice Guidance for Paramedic Supplementary and Independent Prescribers.

It provides valid practice guidance for allied health professions who prescribe.
This informative document has been produced by the College of Paramedics and is based on the practice guidance documents developed by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, and the College of Podiatry.

Authors; Andy Collen and David Rovardi.

Download the Practice Guidance for Paramedic Supplementary and Independent Prescribers from our website: Medicines and Independent Prescribing

The Ultimate Challenge to Raise Money for the Ambulance Staff Charity

30/03/2021


COLLEGE OF PARAMEDICS, AACE AND EAST MIDLANDS AND SOUTH CENTRAL AMBULANCE SERVICES JOIN FORCES FOR THE ULTIMATE CHALLENGE TO RAISE MONEY FOR THE AMBULANCE STAFF CHARITY

Completing the fastest zipline in the world and climbing Mount Snowdon at night might not be everyone’s idea of fun but for Tracy Nicholls, Anna Parry, Kerry Gulliver and Will Hancock, they are hoping there will be plenty of laughs along the way when they take part in the tough Ultimate Fundraising Challenge to raise money for The Ambulance Staff Charity - TASC – on July 17, 2021.

Tracy, who is the CEO of the College of Paramedics, Anna, who is the Deputy Managing Director of the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives (AACE), Kerry, the Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development at East Midlands Ambulance Service and Will, the CEO of South Central Ambulance Service have decided to team up to raise £5,000 for TASC which helps care for the mental, physical and financial wellbeing of the UK’s ambulance community.

Tracy said: “When I came up with this challenge it honestly seemed like a good idea in my head but now that it’s just over three months away the thought of the zip wire is absolutely terrifying me. It doesn’t help that my fitness isn’t the best. I walk my dogs a couple of miles a day but I’m really going to have to do more than that if I have any hope of completing this challenge. That’s why I’m keen to hear from any kind ambulance folk who can give me any good tips or advice on how best to train.”

She added: “To say this challenge is outside the norm for me is an understatement but I’m determined to see it through and raise as much money as we can. I have been a lifelong member of the ambulance family and have lost friends and colleagues during this pandemic. But more than that, there seems to be literally nowhere else for our profession to go when they need help, except for TASC. How can you do a job like this, at a time like this, and not be affected? TASC do an amazing job at helping but I know how fragile funding streams can be so anything we can do to assist is important.”

On July 17, the foursome will step out of their comfort zones to take on Velocity, the fastest zipline in the world. Travelling at speeds of over 100mph, this adrenalin-inducing challenge has been described as the ‘nearest thing to flying’ as participants soar over Penrhyn Quarry and get to experience spectacular views of the North Wales coastline and beyond.

But the excitement doesn’t end there. Later that evening, they will be lacing up their walking boots, turning on their torches and trekking up 3560ft to the top of Mount Snowdon – the highest mountain in England and Wales – in a bid to raise much-needed funds for TASC.

Anna Parry said: “I’ve actually climbed Snowdon before but in the daylight. For me, the toughest part of this challenge is going to be facing my fear - the zip wire. The closest I’ve ever come to anything like this is when I did a tandem sky-dive in Australia in my 20s which I loved…..until my parachute failed to open. Fortunately, the reserve did!

“I’m hoping the zipline won’t be so nerve-wracking, but even if it is I knew I had to be involved in this challenge because ambulance service staff have done such a tremendous job over the last 12 months, as they always do. This is an opportunity to give a little back and support TASC in the great work they do for the sector, alongside trusts, in ensuring staff are able to access the mental health and wellbeing resources they might need.”

Will Hancock agrees. He explained: “This ticks a lot of boxes for me – a charity doing hugely important work at a time when it has never been more essential. And personally speaking, I want to encourage everyone in the ambulance sector to ask for help if they need it. We know it is the hardest step yet it is the most important. It is vital to look after people who need help and who have committed themselves to helping others.”

Kerry Gulliver says she wholeheartedly supports the work of TASC and jumped at the chance to take part in the fundraising challenge when asked. She said: “Our staff in the ambulance service do a difficult job, often under very challenging circumstances, providing care for patients when they need it most. This can have an impact on their mental health and wellbeing which is why it is so important that we focus on doing whatever we can do to ensure that our ambulance staff can access the relevant support when they need it. TASC play a vital role in caring for the mental health and wellbeing of ambulance staff and their families, and that’s why I’m taking part in this challenge.”

As someone who has been helped enormously by TASC, ambulance technician Wayne Thomson, is delighted that the charity will benefit from the Ultimate Fundraising Challenge. He said: “Without TASC’s help I would still be suffering with my PTSD and on medication to control my moods. My family and I are so grateful to TASC, we can’t thank them enough. Help is there, don’t suffer in silence, just ask.”

To show your support for Tracy, Anna, Will and Kerry you can donate via their Just Giving page here



Call out to all paramedics with a MSc

29/03/2021


Did you know that if you hold a full MSc in a relevant subject you are eligible to train as a Roadmap Supervisor to support your colleagues? Completing this training will enable you to supervise up to four colleagues in their journey to be eligible to join Health Education England’s directories in First Contact or Advanced Practice at Centre of Advancing Practice. This training follows the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) format of supervision in general practice, and for a short time, we are able to offer funded places. Please email primarycare@collegeofparamedics.co.uk for more information and details of how to secure your place.

Legal Mechanisms for Administration of the COVID-19 Vaccines

29/03/2021


We are receiving a number of questions from members working in mass vaccination centres regarding the drawing up of vaccines.

The legislation which allows the administration of vaccines in these centres is a national protocol. This legislation is different to the usual framework for the administration of parenteral medicines (Patient specific directions, patient group directions or exemptions) and was designed to allow anyone with the correct training to administer the vaccine as a parenteral medicine (A national protocol which applied only to influenza and COVID vaccines). Therefore, anyone who is administering in these circumstances would operate under the national protocol and therefore need to operate under the conditions imposed by the law (under supervision of a suitability qualified doctor, pharmacist, or nurse).

Full information can be found here.

HCPC propose fee increase for paramedics from June 2023

15/03/2021


The HCPC propose an increase of £8.12 to the registration renewal fee. The statutory instrument which sets out the proposed changes to their fees structure is about to be laid in the Scottish and UK Parliaments. Should it be approved, the changes will come into effect on 1 July 2021 with clinical scientists, prosthetists and orthotists and speech and language therapists renewing their registration. The final group affected by the rise will be paramedics and orthoptists, when they renew in June 2023.
Click here for more information.

The College of Paramedics is co-ordinating a response to the HCPC on behalf of its members. If you would like to contribute to the response, please email: consultation@collegeofparamedics.co.uk

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the inception of Paramedics

04/03/2021



It was on this day, 50 years ago, that the first Paramedics in Europe started working in the field after six months of ‘extended training’ with renowned cardiologist and Honorary Fellow of the College of Paramedics, Dr Douglas Chamberlain.

The six ambulance men chosen to take part in the pioneering cardiac and emergency training programme were all based at Brighton Ambulance Station and were considered to be the best in their unit. They were put forward by Brighton’s then Medical Officer for Health, Dr William Parker, after Dr Chamberlain made a request to train a handful of ambulance men in giving effective cardiac arrest treatment.

From September 1970 to March 1971, the men, including Robin Friday, who is the only surviving member from the original six, were trained on the Coronary Care and Intensive Care units of the Royal Sussex Hospital, as well as on the general wards. They were expected to attend regular lectures given by Dr Chamberlain and taught how to interpret ECGs and the administration of four key drugs believed to be important in the management of cardiac emergencies, and invasive treatment of airway obstruction and of pneumothorax.

The scheme marked the birth of the first paramedic unit in England and across Europe, and when the service was launched throughout Brighton in March 1971, it immediately began making a difference and was very well-received by the public, GPs and unions alike.

The service continued for five years until the Department of Health (DoH) heard about it, said it had no proven value and shut it down. It would take a further three years before Dr Chamberlain and his colleague, Dr Peter Basket - who was also teaching ambulance staff in Bristol the importance of looking after the airways - could convince members of the DoH how important and necessary their work was.

In 1979, both men attended a conference in Harrogate on emergency treatments and took to the stage, uninvited, to talk about the vital work they had been doing. It was a brazen move but one which paid off. A period of time later, with the Department of Health’s full support ‘extended training’ was rolled out nationally with the focus on cardiac arrest care, before later including drug administration and intubation.

Recognising the importance of this milestone anniversary, Dr Chamberlain, 89, said: “It means a lot to see how far the paramedic profession has come in the last 50 years. Paramedics are critical to the best care. They are much better than nearly all doctors at dealing with emergencies, and they know it.

“There are higher grades of paramedics these days, the most important being Paramedic Practitioners. But herein lies a problem. Many hospitals offer them jobs that they make attractive, so there is a haemorrhage of the best trained from the service.”

Robin Friday, 78, added: “It was definitely an exhilarating experience being involved in the first ‘extended training’ scheme but daunting at the same time. We didn’t really know what we were getting into and I remember Dr Parker didn’t give us a hope of being able to do it. But fortunately, we showed him otherwise.

“When I first joined the ambulance service in 1962 you basically needed a First Aid certificate and a clean driving licence. But thanks to Brighton’s progressive approach we were regularly offered more training in areas such as child birth and resuscitation. The station was always coming up with new ways in which ambulance men could help patients.

“Now, when I see how much the profession has grown I’m very proud of my involvement. My daughter, Helen Horsley is a Paramedic Practitioner and compared to what she knows, my learning was very minimal. But it had to start somewhere and I’m very glad I was able to play a small part in the history of the profession.”

Bob Fellows, Head of Education for the College of Paramedics said: “My father joined the ambulance service in 1950 with only the ability to steer an ambulance through the streets, with a bell ringing away on the bumper and the requirement for him to get a First Aid certificate.

“Today, paramedics undergo extensive education including Honours and Masters degrees, to be able to respond to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for generalist ambulance work and indeed for speciality work such as critical care and primary care in G.P. practices and Emergency Departments.

“Little did these pioneers know that the path they blazed in the ambulance service wilderness would go on to become a highway for others to follow. We salute you.”

College of Paramedics Membership Policy

01/03/2021



The College has recently published its first Membership Policy to ensure all active members are familiar with the way the College manages its membership and what responsibilities you have as a member and supporter of the organisation.

Please select the following link to download the Membership Policy: Policies (collegeofparamedics.co.uk)  

The Policy sets out the existing terms and conditions of your College of Paramedics membership and does not represent any recent changes to these. The document is reviewed bi-annually and is approved by the Board of Trustees and the latest version can always be found on the College website under the policy section.

The Policy includes: General Terms and Conditions; Membership Joining Process; Payment of Membership Fees; and Suspension of Membership (Cancellation).

It is members responsibility to ensure the information on their membership record is correct and up to date. You can access and update this information by logging on to the Member Hub via the College website, alternatively you can contact the Membership Team via email: membership@collegeofparamedics.co.uk or by calling 01278 420014.

Urgent and Emergency Care (UEC) standards from the Clinically-led Review of NHS Standards consultation

01/03/2021



The Clinically-led Review of NHS Access Standards Interim Report, published in March 2019, set out the initial proposals for testing changes to access standards in mental health services, cancer care, elective care and urgent and emergency care. These proposals were field-tested at a selection of sites across England, with the findings helping to inform the final recommendations. The refined proposals were released for public consultation earlier this year and the results of this consultation, combined with further analysis and evaluation, and continued input nationally from clinician and patient groups will inform a final report and set of recommendations by the end of March 2020. The College of Paramedics welcomes the opportunity to respond to the final proposals on the Urgent and Emergency Care Standards from the Clinically-led Review of NHS Standards (CRS).

Our full response can be read here.

#LookingAfterYouToo and #LookingAfterYourTeam – Communications Toolkit & Materials

01/03/2021



NHSE has recently expanded upon their free health and wellbeing coaching offer, #LookingAfterYouToo, to create a second initiative offering dedicated coaching support to all those who lead, manage and coordinate teams in Primary Care settings in England; #LookingAfterYourTeam  

The toolkit has an overview of each offer, including bulletin, email and social media copy, and links to some case studies and posters. You can also follow this link Primary Care Coaching – Link to Assets to a range of resources, including social media assets, a video, PDF case studies and posters, website and email banners.

Letter to the Prime Minister on Protecting Health and Care Workers

19/02/2021



The College of Paramedics writes a joint letter to the Prime Minister concerning better personal protection equipment for health care workers.

Click here to read the BBC News article.


Click here to download.

The Healthcare Leadership Academy Scholarship

19/02/2021



The Healthcare Leadership Academy (HLA) is delighted to announce that applications for the 2021-22 scholarships will open 1st March 2021 and close Wednesday 31st March 2021 at midday (12 noon) GMT.

The HLA aims to nurture leadership, foster frontline innovation and to empower the next generation of clinical leaders. Our internationally recognised and innovative scholarship programme welcomes healthcare professionals and students and gives them the tools and a community of support to help maximise their potential as healthcare leaders.

Over the 12-month programme scholars will be involved in developing and delivering a project, alongside mentoring and learning opportunities. This is a fantastic opportunity for healthcare professionals to both develop themselves as professionals and healthcare leaders, but to also use the HLA as a platform to take their ideas forward and change the future of healthcare.

There will be cohorts with physical sessions based in London, Newcastle, Bristol, Edinburgh, Belfast and Amsterdam, as well as three virtual cohorts (which will enable applicants to be able to participate from anywhere in the world). Applicants are welcome and expected to apply from across the globe this year.

In 2021-2022 we have 100 funded scholarships available (worth £3000 each) with the programme fees covered. These scholarships are available via competitive entry through this application round. HLA programmes are accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management and UCLan Medical School and delivered with a number of partnership organisations, including the Council of Deans of Health and Health Education England.

More details can be found here.

Kieran Robinson, Paramedic, HLA alumnus & Assistant Cohort Director said:
“My scholarship with the HLA was invaluable in developing my leadership skills and I've already been able to put some of this into practice in my various roles. Since finishing my time as a Scholar I've been successful in taking on the role of Assistant Cohort Director and now run my own group of Scholars. As the first Paramedic to complete the program, I’m eager to increase our representation within the HLA and increase the opportunities available to Paramedics going forward. I would encourage anyone to consider applying, or reach out to me on Twitter if you want to know anything more!” (@Kieran_Robinson)

250+ Videos Now on the CPD Hub

17/02/2021



The College of Paramedics CPD Hub now has over 250 videos to enhance and support your Continuing Professional Development. Whether you want to update on a key clinical topic, watch a thought provoking discussion, supplement your reading for a course assignment or just browse a fantastic range of high quality presentations, there is something there for you. Watch a video, complete a short reflection and add it to your College of Paramedics Member Hub page and build your CPD portfolio. Recently added videos include Dr Caroline Leech Breathing Assessment and Management of the Trauma Patient; Clinical Decision Making with Andy Collen; Prof Mike Tipton Exploring the Challenges of Cold Weather on the Patient; as well as all of the presentations and discussion from our recent event Falls and Frailty – the Fundamentals and two new CPD videos from our colleagues at the Australasian College of Paramedicine dealing with different aspects of the response to COVID19.

Check out the CPD Hub here.

Launch of the College of Paramedics Belonging and Inclusion Strategy 2021

15/02/2021

 

We started our equality, diversity and inclusion journey in 2018 with the launch of our Diversity Steering Group (DSG) , a group of engaged members with an advisory role to the College, its Board of Trustees, and its new Paramedic and Student Councils, on equality, diversity and inclusion within both the College and the profession.

We launched our vision in 2019 along with our 2019-2024 Strategy.
To inspire and enable all paramedics to participate in the profession within an environment based on safety, collegiality, inclusiveness, mental and physical wellbeing and innovation.

In 2020 our CEO Tracy Nicholls acknowledged that the College had a lot further to travel on our journey to realise our vision, and actions needed to be taken immediately and continue well into the future:

“[W]e do not accurately reflect our profession, and certainly do not fully represent our communities. We need to understand the challenges, barriers and opportunities that exist and to encourage and support those members from BAME backgrounds to take an interest in the College and to put themselves forward when opportunities arise. To have a more diverse representation throughout the College will bring a richness to the future of our profession and will eventually reflect better the communities we serve.”
Tracy Nicholls 29th June 2020

The focus in Tracy’s statement, on people of Black, Asian and minority ethnic background, was a response to structural racism, highlighted by various events in 2020 and exemplified by the under-representation within the College and the paramedic profession.



This commitment is the fuel for the creation of our first Belonging and Inclusion Strategy. This strategy details the approach and tangible actions that we will take, embedded in the five Strategic Aims of the College: Leadership, Excellence, Membership, Wellbeing and Strength. Due to the impetus to make a significant difference in a short time frame, this is a 12 month action-based strategy. It is designed for ongoing yearly review of achievements and the setting of objectives as we continue along our belonging and inclusion journey.

The purpose of the College is to lead and advance excellence in paramedic practice in the UK. To embed the Belonging and Inclusion Strategy fully into this purpose, the work of the College of Paramedics Diversity Steering Group (DSG) will be visible throughout the College, for example they issue a monthly report to the Board of Trustee, have a member sitting on the new Paramedic Council and review drafts of key documents during development. The DSG is now looking to increase its membership and are also committed to increasing the breadth of knowledgeable member engagement, so we are very happy to offer two role opportunities to those with expertise and experience in equality, diversity and inclusion: Diversity Steering Group member and Diversity Strand Group member.  

New e-Learning Session Added to Freedom to Speak Up in the Health Sector in England

09/02/2021



Paramedics are often unaware of the ‘Freedom to Speak Up’ principle which underpins the development of a safe learning culture within the NHS. Here is a great opportunity to find out more. HEE e-Learning for Healthcare, in partnership with the National Guardian Office, has added a second session to the Freedom to Speak Up in the Health Sector e-learning programme.

The online training programme is aimed at anyone who works in healthcare regardless of their contract terms. The programme helps learners understand the vital role they can play and the support available to encourage a healthy speaking up culture which protects patient safety and enhances workers experience. The latest session, Listen Up, which is aimed at managers at all levels, focuses on listening and the barriers to speaking up. It comprises the following topics:

• Fostering a speak up, listen up culture
• Supporting speaking up and listening well
• Perceptions of yourself and others and understanding conflicts of interest
• Welcoming feedback as a gift.

It complements the first session, Speak Up, which gives an overview of speaking up and why it matters. The third session, Follow Up, is aimed at senior leaders to help them understand their role in setting the tone for a good speaking up culture and how speaking up can promote organisational learning and improvement which will be available soon.

For more information on the programme, including details on how to access, please visit the Freedom to Speak Up programme page.

Mental Health Lead Job Advertisement

09/02/2021

 

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Are You a Parent Working in Emergency Medicine? Apply Now For a Part-Funded Place on the Leaders Plus Fellowship Programme

09/02/2021



The Leaders Plus Fellowship is a 9-month programme supported by Cambridge University Social Ventures, enabling parents with babies and young children to develop their careers whilst still enjoying time with their young families. This is for parents from maternity/shared parental/adoption through to when children go to Primary school.

Applications are now open for the Spring 2021 cohort and The Royal College of Emergency Medicine are generously part-funding 4 places on the Fellowship for parents in Emergency Medicine.

You can watch this short video for a brief overview of what’s involved.

Fellows get exclusive access to a cross-organisational network of peers (often described as the NCT for ambitious professionals), as well as a personal senior leader mentor. Plus, there’s expert advice on career acceleration, practical support to overcome work/life hurdles and plenty of baby friendly online networking events and workshops to give courage and confidence navigating work and home life in a senior role.

Together, the Fellows will develop their careers and build a movement for positive change so that in the future, no parent has to decide between caring for their child and continuing to develop their leadership career.

You can find out more about those part-funded places here or schedule a call with a member of the Leaders Plus team to find out if it is right for you.

Applications close on 04 March 2021.

Share your story

08/02/2021

 

WHAT IS YOUR REALITY OF LIFE ON THE FRONTLINE DURING A PANDEMIC?

The last 12 months have no doubt been exhausting, relentless, stressful and difficult. But the work you’ve done, and continue to do, is invaluable and your dedication remains unshakeable. 
With this in mind, would you be willing to share your own experience of working in the pandemic?

If so, the HCPC would like to hear from you. They’re asking for paramedics and other health and care professionals to share their stories in a potential blog or video, highlighting issues such as;
- how Covid-19 has impacted your work 
- what keeps you going
- how you’ve had to adapt to change.

If you are interested in taking part email: press@hcpc-uk.org
Can also read stories from other registrants, go to: https://www.hcpc-uk.org/covid-19/your-stories/share-your-story/ 

LGBT History Month

05/02/2021

 

February is LGBT History Month. There are lots of worthwhile events going on throughout the month. Here are two:

1.  LGBTQ+ history month | Lambeth Council
A celebration of history, arts, literature and film. Lambeth Council celebrates equality, diversity and inclusion with a month-long programme of events curated and hosted online by Lambeth Libraries. 

Download the event guide. 
 

2.  Sheffield Children’s Hospital are putting on talks throughout the month.
Click to download the poster which includes the links to the talks.


Also look out for an article relating to LGBT in the next issue of Paramedic INSIGHT.

 

Time to Talk Day 2021

04/02/2021

 

Time to Talk Day is the day that we get the nation talking about mental health. This year’s event might look a little different, but at times like this open conversations about mental health are more important than ever. We know that the more conversations we have, the more myths we can bust and barriers we can break down, helping to end the isolation, shame and worthlessness that too many of us with mental health problems are made to feel. A small conversation about mental health has the power to make a big difference. Start the conversation this Time to Talk Day – together we can end mental health stigma. Click here for more information, access to virtual events and a range of resources.

NICE Guideline on Stroke Rehabilitation in Adults

03/02/2021

 

The final scope and equality impact assessment for this NICE guideline have now been published, along with all the stakeholder comments that were received during consultation and responses to these comments.

Macmillan Wellbeing Resources Launched for Healthcare Professionals

03/02/2021

 

The Macmillan Emotional Health and Wellbeing Hub is a central place for you to find resources to help with your wellbeing.
As healthcare professionals, we understand the enormous pressures you are under as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. It is easy to be so focused on the people you support, that you forget to look after yourself. So, it’s vital to try and remember that you cannot pour from an empty cup. That’s why Macmillan Professionals Well-being Hub was created, as a central place to be able to easily access resources to help you strengthen self-care and look after your own wellbeing.

The College of Paramedics Honours and Awards 2021

1/2/2021

 

Do you know a paramedic who has made an outstanding contribution to the paramedic profession?
Has that contribution improved practice and in turn patient care or population health and wellbeing?
Has it developed the education of paramedics?
Has their contribution enabled the College of Paramedics to grow and develop and in turn support the profession?

If so, why not nominate them for one of our 2021 Honour Awards?

 

This year, nominations open on February 1, 2021, and we are looking for worthwhile nominees in the following categories: 
- Fellowship of the College of Paramedics
- Companionship of the College of Paramedics
- Honorary Fellowship of the College of Paramedics
- Honorary Companionship of the College of Paramedics
- Lifetime Achievement Award

Click here to view our Honour Awards 2021 infographic.

These awards recognise our members and colleagues who have contributed to the paramedic profession and the College of Paramedics’ progression. 
In addition, we are excited to launch two new awards in 2021: Companionship, and Honorary Companionship, of the College of Paramedics.

Companionship of the College 
Do you know a paramedic who has rendered a distinctive and notably meritorious service to the paramedic profession?
Their professional achievements may not be exclusively in paramedicine, or may be in some way unconventional, but they have, nevertheless, made a distinctive and notably meritorious contribution to the paramedic profession.

Honorary Companionship of the College
Do you know a non-paramedic colleague who has rendered a distinctive and notably meritorious service to the paramedic profession?
Their professional achievements may not be exclusively in paramedicine, or may be in some way unconventional, but they have, nevertheless, made a distinctive and notably meritorious contribution to the paramedic profession.

The College of Paramedics will be 20 this year and our profession has been regulated for two decades now. To acknowledge this legacy, the criteria for our existing Fellowship and Honorary Awards have been enhanced and extended, so before nominating please read carefully, the Honours and Awards Committee Award Nominations Guidance document, which gives details of the full criteria. Click here to view.

Fellowship of the College 
Do you know a paramedic who has made an outstanding contribution to the achievement of the College of Paramedics’ objectives, growth and development, the improving of paramedic professional practice and/or the development of paramedic education?

Honorary Fellowship of the College 
Do you know a non-paramedic colleague who has made an outstanding contribution to the achievement of the College of Paramedics’ objectives, growth and development, the improving of paramedic professional practice and/or the development of paramedic education?

Lifetime Achievement Award
Do you know a paramedic or a non-paramedic colleague who has made a long and outstanding contribution to the College of Paramedics, the paramedic profession or to patient care over the whole of their career?


If you know a paramedic or non-paramedic colleague who fits the criteria for one of these honours, then please nominate them for a College of Paramedics Award. 
Download the nomination forms here
Nominations must be completed by full members of the College of Paramedics and submitted along with a copy of the nominee’s current Curriculum Vitae. Each nomination should be considered confidential and should not be shared with anyone outside of the nomination process, including the nominee. 

Nominations must be submitted on the appropriate Nominations Form, sent via email to: awards@collegeofparamedics.co.uk by 31st March 2021

Please read carefully, before nominating for any award, the Honours and Awards Committee Award Nominations Guidance documentwhich states clearly all the requirements needed to be considered for one of these awards.

Updated Health and Wellbeing Support Poster

27/01/2021

 

 

The poster produced by the Ambulance Association of Chief Executives (AACE) and supported by the College of Paramedics sign-posts ambulance service employees, volunteers and their families to available health and wellbeing support.

Click here to download.

Server Upgrade Notification

26/01/2021

 

The website will be down for a server upgrade on Friday 29th January from 11.30am. The essential work is being carried out by our suppliers and we have no control over the time frame.  We apologise for any inconvenience caused. 

If you have any questions, please email membership@collegeofparamedics.co.uk

Macmillan Allied Health Professions Competence Framework

26/01/2021

 

There are an estimated 2.5 million people living with a cancer diagnosis in the UK. Cancer survival in the UK has doubled in the last 40 years. Half (50%) of people diagnosed with cancer in England and Wales survive their disease for ten years or more and the number of cancer survivors in the UK is projected to increase by approximately one million per decade from 2010 to 2040; resulting in a predicted 3.4 million people in the UK to be living with or beyond cancer by 2030. An inevitable consequence will be an increase in the number of ambulance attendances to people living with cancer (Macmillan 2019).

Paramedics frequently encounter people living with cancer, in the ambulance service they may be called to transport a patient following a referral from a specialist or have unplanned involvement following a 999-call due to worsening symptoms or sudden crisis. As with other long-term conditions there are situations which should be considered medical emergencies. Paramedics also play a fundamental role in the provision of preventative, active and enabling care in hospital, primary care, community, hospice or in people’s homes, and more recently in specialist roles.

The Macmillan AHP competency framework which has been endorsed by the College of Paramedics is aligned to UKONS Acute Oncology Competence Framework and has been designed to support the development of practice and quality patient care in this important area. By utilising these shared values and competencies, alongside the colleges own existing professional standards and competencies, the framework will support paramedics working across all healthcare settings to develop their skills and knowledge to support the delivery of quality patient care to people living with cancer as well as their families.

Click here for the Macmillan AHP competency framework

New members sought for the British Paramedic Journal editorial board

25/1/2021

 

The British Paramedic Journal (BPJ) is looking to expand the editorial board. We would like two new volunteers to join the team to help direct and guide the journal.

Editorial board responsibilities include: 
Regular attendance at quarterly meetings.
Contributing to decisions regarding the scope, policies and direction of the journal.
Editing, reviewing and advising the editor about submitted articles.
Promoting the BPJ and the College of Paramedics.

Criteria for applicants:
Registered paramedic or other relevant expertise.

Members of the College of Paramedics, and applicants with previous experience reviewing or writing for the BPJ will be looked upon favourably.
This is a voluntary position so there is no payment involved. 

If you are interested please send a CV and covering letter detailing why you are interested, and what you would bring to the editorial board.
Send it to Graham McClelland; editor@thebpj.uk
By Friday 19th February 2021.

Applicants may be contacted by the editor for an informal chat about the BPJ, and the successful applicants will be selected by the current editorial board. 

The College of Paramedics Opens Dr John Hinds Scholarship Call for Entries

25/01/2021

 

The College of Paramedics, in association with Galen, the privately-owned pharmaceutical sales and marketing company is pleased to announce that applications for this year’s Dr John Hinds Scholarship Award will open on Tuesday 26th January 2021. The recipient will win a place on the much-coveted Anaesthesia Trauma and Critical Care (ATACC) course and have their case study published in the College of Paramedics’ magazine, 'Paramedic INSIGHT'.

The recipient of the scholarship will take up a fully funded place on ATACC’S three-day course in the UK, widely accepted as the most advanced trauma course currently available in the world. Associated travel costs will also be covered. Entrants are required to write a case study which should be written to protect patient confidentiality, using original text, and with all appropriate references included. It must be countersigned by a paramedic colleague who is prepared to confirm that your submission is a genuine case study.

This scholarship is presented in memory of the late Dr John Hinds, who was regarded as an inspirational leader by paramedics and emergency medical technicians and indeed by anyone with an interest in pre-hospital care within Ireland. A world-renowned critical care physician, Dr Hinds gave a huge amount of his own time to educating and supporting paramedics and ambulance staff throughout the Island of Ireland. He died in 2015 following a motorcycle accident.

Dr Dennise Broderick, Managing Director & President, Galen, said: “This award is not only a fitting and lasting tribute to Dr Hinds but it also provides a unique opportunity for healthcare professionals to advance their expertise and gain access to a highly coveted training programme. Dr Hinds was a pioneering leader in the field of emergency trauma care who dedicated his life to helping others and Galen is therefore proud to support this annual scholarship programme in his honour.”

Last year’s recipient, Orla Morrow of Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, Belfast commented: “The ATACC programme is accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons and is an extremely coveted course worldwide. It provides an opportunity to learn and experience, through simulation, the most up-to-date and advanced trauma skills within the pre-hospital environment and offers a range of examples of how to apply these in practice. I was delighted to win my scholarship and would like to thank both Almac and the Hinds family for providing this amazing opportunity.”

Submissions must be made using the Dr John Hinds Scholarship Award Entry Form and submitted via email to awards@collegeofparamedics.co.uk by 1200hrs on Friday 26 March 2021. The College Honours and Awards Committee will then select the winning piece. Due to restrictions imposed as result of COVID-19, the 2021 award will be presented to the recipient at a ceremony on September 2021.

Submissions should be 750–1,000 words, excluding references and appendices. As a condition of the award, the recipient will be required to submit their case study for publication in Paramedic INSIGHT magazine which has over 20,000 subscribers, along with a follow-up article that describes their experience on the ATACC course.

The College of Paramedics Welcomes the Launch of HEE’s New Roadmap to Practice for Paramedics in Primary Care

21/1/2021

 

Today, Health Education England has launched a roadmap to provide a clear, national career route for those paramedics wanting to work in primary care roles and those who already do so. The new educational training pathway provides a standard of practice which will ensure a solid governance structure around First Contact Practitioner and Advanced Practitioner roles in primary care, a move which is supported by the College of Paramedics.

Tracy Nicholls, CEO of the College of Paramedics, said:
“We have seen members migrate to work within a primary care environment over a number of years now. Whilst it is a different environment and case load, the synergies are evident and we have seen many members flourish in these roles.

“The ability for paramedics to see the different routes for career development through the roadmap will be helpful and support wider, multi-disciplinary teams providing more holistic patient care within the community.”

Everyone completing the required training pathway, which can be done through a taught or portfolio route, will be recognised and held on a directory of practitioners at the HEE Centre for Advancing Practice.

It means that employers will have a much better understanding of what individual clinicians can offer to a multi-professional team to provide the best care possible for patients. In addition, the ‘capability framework’ also provides clear guidance about the expected supervision needed to support the Roadmap to Practice and outlines the bespoke supervision training that a supervisor needs to have completed.

Helen Beaumont-Waters, who is an Advanced Paramedic and Head of Clinical Development in Primary and Urgent Care for the College of Paramedics said:
“Primary care is a very different environment to traditional ambulance service settings, and as such requires specific capabilities to work safely and effectively.

“Traditionally, an ambulance paramedic’s development focuses on increasing their clinical expertise. A key aspect of a First Contact Practitioner (FCP) or Advanced Practitioner(AP) working in primary care is the development and integration of all four elements of Advanced Practice which naturally interlink.”

She added: “The First Contact Practitioner Roadmap for Paramedics guides our primary care paramedics to evidence their skills, knowledge and attributes to demonstrate such capabilities, and to thus work towards recognition and inclusion on HEE’s Centre for Advancing Practice directory. It provides a clear route from entry into primary care, to FCP and AP levels of practice, whether by an academic route or by the development of a portfolio to evidence retrospective skills, including experience.”

Dr Safina Haque, a Primary Care Network Clinical Director, PCN4, said:
“At PCN level, we welcome the launch of the First Contact Practitioner Roadmap for Paramedics. It will guide both employer and employee of the minimum standards we expect in primary care.”

The College of Paramedics continues to actively work with HEE and the Centre for Advancing Practice to determine the role of professional examinations, such as the Diploma in Primary and Urgent Care offered by the College, to support paramedics to credential as Advanced Practitioners in Primary Care.

Click here for the road map.



RCEM & College of Paramedics Joint Statement: Ambulances Handover Delays - Options Appraisal to Support Good Decision Making

21/01/2021

 

The College of Paramedics and the Royal College of Emergency Medicine have published a joint statement aimed at supporting and informing senior managers within acute hospital and ambulance services. The statement lists options available to leadership teams for improving flow and reducing delays.

Click here to download.

HCPC Launches Diversity Data Survey

21/1/2021

 

Today, the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) has launched its annual Diversity Data Survey to increase its understanding of equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) among its registrants. The survey will help the HCPC create and develop strategies, policies and regulatory processes that are inclusive and fair.

Jacqueline Ladds, Executive Director, Policy and External Relations comments:

“We’re committed to being an inclusive and diverse regulator and ensuring that our services are accessible and free from discrimination. We’ve launched this survey so that we can get a better understanding of equality, diversity and inclusion across our professions and use it to inform our improvement work in these key areas.

“We’ll use the findings to help create and develop policies, regulatory processes and strategies, which accurately reflect the diversity of our registrants. That’s why we are asking all our registrants to get involved, to ensure they complete the survey and to spread the word using #HCPCMyEDI.”


As part of HCPC’s commitment to enhancing equality, diversity and inclusion across the professions, the regulator hopes to hear from all HCPC registrants in this survey, which will be open from 15 December 2020 – 14 March 2021.

Since last year, HCPC has pushed for a stronger focus on EDI, with the development of a strategy to engage all stakeholders on these issues. The organisation has also created an EDI Forum, which guides HCPC on a range of relevant issues and concerns. The Forum also provides advice on the development of HCPC policies and procedures. The HCPC also routinely undertakes equality impact assessments for all major pieces of work.

Jacqueline Ladds, Executive Director, Policy and External Relations continues:

“We want to understand the issues that our registrants face and identify the measures that can be put in place to support them better. Our first Diversity Data Survey last year provided a good starting point, but this year we want more registrants to get involved to help create a deeper understanding. We know that sharing this kind of data is incredibly personal, and can feel daunting, but doing so will help us implement the best regulatory policies and processes for registrants and for service users and patients.

“As well as increasing our understanding of the equality, diversity and inclusion issues and challenges faced by our registrants, it will also create a picture of HCPC registered allied health professionals, healthcare scientists and practitioner psychologists in all four countries of the UK, working across health and care settings. This could help address wider workforce planning issues, and boost the understanding of equality, diversity and inclusion issues across the sectors.”


Liz Harris FCPara, Head of Professional Standards at the College of Paramedics commented, ‘Helping the HCPC know more about their registrants is an active and positive step I can take towards reducing inequalities. I've now provided them with my diversity data, you can do the same by clicking the link in the email from the HCPC, it only takes 5 minutes’.

Every Mind Matters

18/1/2021


Looking after your mental health is more important than ever. Having good mental health helps us relax more, achieve more, and enjoy our lives more.
COVID-19 has impacted the whole country; for almost everyone, life has had to change fundamentally. Research shows that since the start of the pandemic there has been an increase in a range of mental health conditions for adults, from low wellbeing, sleep problems and anxiety to depression.

There are things we can all do to look after our mental wellbeing. Every Mind Matters can get you started with showing you simple steps to help manage anxiety, sleep better, and boost your mood. 
Free NHS online Mind Plan
Expert advice
Practical tips

Create your own Mind Plan: Your Mind Plan

The Every Mind Matters website also has support on; anxiety, low mood, stress, sleep, coronavirus and advice for parents and children and young people. 

The Shuri Network

18/1/2021


The Shuri Network is the first NHS and care network of women of colour in digital health. They are a small but wonderful team that has had a big impact on celebrating difference and diversity in digital health, challenging the system to take action and supporting women of colour to succeed in their careers. They offer free events, bursaries and a national platform for BAME women to get involved in Digital Health. Click here for more information.

If you are a student paramedic and interested in digital health and technology, the Shuri Network would like to find out more about the experience of female BAME students with an interest in Digital Health: https://imperial.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8Il7xkLMZqehyS1  

Joint Statement from Chief Executives of Statutory Regulators of Health and Social Care Professionals

15/01/2021

 

In March last year, at the outset of the Covid-19 pandemic, we issued a statement to support our registrants in dealing with the un-precedented challenges that they were facing. As the pandemic continues, we know that health and social care professionals continue to work in very difficult situations and under extreme pressures. We want to thank all health and social care professionals for the care they have continued to provide to patients and those who use health and social care services through these very difficult and challenging circumstances.

With the production and distribution of Covid-19 vaccines underway, some of our registrants are leading the effort to vaccinate people as quickly as possible, while others continue to play a vital role in helping to treat and care for people with coronavirus and to contain its spread. We know that the current surge in cases means that all health and social care professionals are likely to face an increased burden, and they may continue to have concerns about decisions they need to take in order to provide the best care in challenging circumstances.

When the pandemic began last year, we as professional regulators across the UK, set out how we would carry out our roles during this time. We would like to set out our approach again in the following joint statement, which re-iterates the principles we said we would rely upon, and will continue to rely upon as the pandemic continues.

Joint statement from Chief Executives of statutory regulators of health and social care professionals

We hold the registers of health and social care professionals in the UK. We support those professionals to deliver better, safer care by setting the standards they need to meet, to act in the best interests of patients and people who use health and social care services at all times.

As registered professionals, the first concern of the individuals on our registers will be the care of their patients and people who use health and social care services. We encourage health and social care professionals, working in partnership with each other and people using services, to use their professional judgement to assess risk and to deliver safe care informed by any relevant guidance and the values and principles set out in their professional standards.

We recognise that in highly challenging circumstances, professionals may need to depart from established procedures in order to care for patients and people using health and social care services. Our regulatory standards are designed to be flexible and to provide a framework for decision-making in a wide range of situations. They support professionals by highlighting the key principles which should be followed, including the need to work cooperatively with colleagues to keep people safe, to practise in line with the best available evidence, to recognise and work within the limits of their competence, and to have appropriate indemnity arrangements relevant to their practice.

We recognise that the individuals on our registers may feel anxious about how context is taken into account when concerns are raised about their decisions and actions in very challenging circumstances. Where a concern is raised about a registered professional, it will always be considered on the specific facts of the case, taking into account the factors relevant to the environment in which the professional is working. We would also take account of any relevant information about resource, guidelines or protocols in place at the time.

We will continue to issue profession specific guidance to our registrants to provide additional support where that is needed.

Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Authorised by UK Medicines Regulator

8/1/2021

 

The Moderna Covid-19 vaccine has been authorised for use by the medicines regulator.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has accepted the recommendation of the Commission on Human Medicines and authorised the Moderna vaccine following months of rigorous clinical trials involving tens of thousands of people and an extensive analysis of the vaccine’s safety, quality and effectiveness.

The vaccine is 94% effective in preventing disease, including in the elderly, and the government was one of the first to sign an agreement with the company to supply the vaccine on behalf of the UK, Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories.

The Government has agreed to purchase an additional 10 million doses of the Moderna vaccine on top of its previous order of 7 million, taking the total to 17 million. As agreed when the UK originally pre-ordered the vaccine, supplies will begin to be delivered to the UK from Spring once Moderna expands its production capability.

The vaccine will be available for free and the government is working with the devolved administrations to ensure it is deployed fairly across the UK.

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said:

“This is further great news and another weapon in our arsenal to tame this awful disease.

“We have already vaccinated nearly 1.5 million people across the UK and Moderna’s vaccine will allow us to accelerate our vaccination programme even further once doses become available from the spring.

“While we immunise those most at risk from Covid, I urge everyone to continue following the rules to keep cases low to protect our loved ones.”

Nearly 1.5 million people in the UK have already been vaccinated with the Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford University/AstraZeneca vaccines, with more than 1,000 vaccination sites live by the end of the week across the UK to rapidly scale up the vaccination programme.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) will submit updated advice on which groups to prioritise for vaccination before doses become available.

Business Secretary Alok Sharma said:

“Vaccines are the key to releasing us all from the grip of this pandemic, and today’s news is yet another important step towards ending lockdown and returning to normal life.

“The UK was one of the first countries in Europe to sign a deal with Moderna, and I’m delighted our Vaccine Taskforce has secured an additional 10 million doses of their highly-effective vaccine to protect the British public and save lives.

“From the scientists and trial volunteers to our world-class regulators and clinicians, we are enormously grateful to everyone who has played their part in this national effort to defeat the virus and get our country back on its feet.”

The NHS has decades of experience in rolling out successful widespread vaccination programmes and is putting into place extensive preparations for the roll out of the Moderna vaccine ahead of the Spring.

The Moderna vaccine will be deployed through similar methods:

• hospital hubs for NHS and care staff and older patients to get vaccinated;
• local community services with local teams and GPs already signing up to take part in the programme;
• vaccination centres across the country, ensuring people can access a vaccine regardless of where they live.

Vaccine Deployment Minister Nadhim Zahawi said:

“The NHS is pulling out all the stops to vaccinate those most at risk as quickly as possible, with over 1,000 vaccination sites live across the UK by the end of the week to provide easy access to everyone, regardless of where they live.

“The Moderna vaccine will be a vital boost to these efforts and will help us return to normal faster.”

Through the Vaccines Taskforce, the UK has secured early access to 367 million doses of seven of the most promising vaccines so far. To date, the government has invested over £230 million into manufacturing a successful vaccine. In the Chancellor’s Spending Review, published on 25 November, it was announced that the government has made more than £6 billion available to develop and procure successful vaccines.

Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England Professor Jonathan Van-Tam said:

“The highly effective Moderna vaccine is another impressive success for science and is another testament to the hard work of researchers and selfless clinical trial volunteers.

“This vaccine will save lives once doses become available, but it is crucial we all continue to follow the rules to protect each other until enough people have been protected.”

Interim Chair of the government’s Vaccines Taskforce Clive Dix said:

“This is another important milestone in our efforts to end this pandemic, and I would like to thank those in the government’s Vaccine Taskforce who have worked so hard to negotiate agreements with vaccine developers.

A key objective for the Vaccine Taskforce is to ensure we have a range of vaccines to deliver to the UK population. The addition of the Moderna Vaccine to the UK's portfolio is important to reach that goal.”

 

Paramedic Prescribing Update

8/1/2021

 

The concept of non-medical prescribing was first proposed in 1986 in the Cumberledge Report. This was furthered in the Crown report in 1989 and in 1992 legislation was approved to allow district nurses and health visitors to independently prescribe from a limited list formulary.

Between 1999 and 2002 pharmacists and nurse supplementary prescribing was approved and in 2006 this was extended to pharmacist and nurse independent prescribing. In 2012 pharmacist and nurse independent prescriber where granted authority to independently prescribe controlled drugs.

In 2005 supplementary prescribing was added for physiotherapist and podiatrists, with independent prescribing added in 2013. Optometrists gained independent prescribing in 2007 and more recently independent prescribing by therapeutic radiographers and supplementary prescribing by dietitians.

The concept of prescribing by paramedics was consulted on in 2015 and in 2018 legislation was approved to allow paramedic supplementary and independent prescribing. Due to split in legislation which allows prescribing, the Human Medicines Regulation and the Misuse of Drugs Act, approval is need by both the Department of Health (Human Medicines Regulations) and The Home Office (Misuse of Drugs Act).

In October 2019 following extensive work carried out by College of Paramedic members and the Medicines Special Interest Group in conjunction with NHS England, the Advisory Committee Misuse of Drugs approved a list of controlled drugs for independent prescribing by paramedic prescribers.

HCPC supports recommendations to amend medical entitlements of six HCPC professions | (hcpc-uk.org)

We are awaiting final ministerial approval in order for this to become law and we are in regular contact with both NHS England and the Home Office to seek a date for this. Unfortunately, at this time we are unable to give our members a date when this will happen but please be assured the College is actively working on this matter.

David Rovardi MRPharmS, MCPara
Pharmacist Independent Prescriber and Registered Paramedic
Specialist Medicines Advisor, College of Paramedics

Operational Guidance: Vaccination of Frontline Health & Social Care Workers

8/1/2021


 


HCPC Direct Debit Collection Error

07/01/2021

From the HCPC

As you may be aware, on 24 December 2020 an issue occurred with a direct debit collection from radiographers, orthoptists and paramedics on our Register. This was due to a system error which caused our usual direct debit collections to happen a week earlier than they should have done.

We fully understand that this may have caused inconvenience and concern for some of our registrants and your members. We have contacted all the affected registrants via email apologising for this error and setting out details of the steps we are now taking and how anyone affected can get further assistance.

We also published a statement on our website - here - on the day of the error, which was sent out via our social media channels.

Unfortunately, the early collection could not be reversed, but we are able to reimburse any bank fees that registrants may have incurred as a result. If registrants have incurred additional charges because of this early payment we have encouraged them to contact our Finance team via finance@hcpc-uk.org, including a form of evidence.

Please do share these details with any of your members who have been affected by this and we would be happy to help them. If you require further information please feel free to get in touch with us via communications@hcpc-uk.org.

Yours sincerely,

John Barwick,
CEO and Registrar, the Health and Care Professions Council

College of Paramedics Writes to the Rt Hon Matt Hancock Regarding PPE for Paramedics

06/01/2020

 

  

Groups That Should be Prioritised for Vaccination

04/01/2021

 

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has published advice on the groups that should be prioritised for vaccination. Click here to read. 

New Year's Honours 2021

04/01/2021

 

The College of Paramedics congratulates members who have received awards in the New Year’s Honours List announced on 10 October 2020:

• Lee David Brooks, Director of Operations, Frontline Emergency Ambulance Response, Non-Emergency Patient Transport Service and Clinical Contact Centre Services, Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust awarded the Queens Ambulance Medal

• Cathryn Jean James, Clinical Pathways Manager, Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust awarded the Queens Ambulance Medal

• Keith Rowland Prior, National Director, National Ambulance Resilience Unit (NARU), West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust awarded the Queens Ambulance Medal

• Sharon Grace Thorpe, Clinical Team Leader, Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust. For services to Paramedics and Ambulance Staff (Newport, Gwent) awarded the British Empire Medal

• Nicholas David Milman Woolf, Volunteer Paramedic. For services to Emergency Medicine and Disaster response awarded the British Empire Medal

Congratulations also go to other ambulance sector recipients of awards in the New Year’s Honours List:


• Martin Flaherty, O.B.E, Managing Director, Association of Ambulance Chief Executives awarded the Queens Ambulance Medal

• Clare Elizabeth Langshaw, Ambulance Operations Manager, Resilience and Specialist Operations, Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust awarded the Queens Ambulance Medal

• Margaret Mary Barclay, Resource Manager, Northern Ireland Ambulance Service awarded the Queens Ambulance Medal

• Steph Jones, Interim ACC Head of Clinical Services awarded the Queens Ambulance Medal

• Araf Saddiq, Paramedic, Scottish Ambulance Service, awarded the Queens Ambulance Medal

• David John King, Specialist Paramedic, East of England Ambulance Service. For services to the NHS and to Fundraising awarded the British Empire Medal

The College of Paramedics applauds all recipients. The awards are fitting recognition of the enormous contributions each has made to paramedical and ambulance services throughout the UK and elsewhere.

Second COVID-19 Vaccine Authorised by UK Medicines Regulator

04/01/2021

 

•  Oxford University/AstraZeneca vaccine meets regulator’s strict standards of safety, efficacy and quality
•  Vaccine to be made available across the UK to priority groups from Monday
•  The UK has pre-ordered 100 million doses of the vaccine
•  The NHS will prioritise giving the first dose of the vaccine to those most in need following advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) and the UK’s Chief Medical Officers

The second Covid-19 vaccine has been authorised for use in the UK, allowing a significant expansion of the immunisation programme with hundreds more vaccination sites opening in the coming weeks and months to protect those most at risk from the virus.

The UK regulator has accepted the recommendation of the Commission on Human Medicines and authorised the Oxford University/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine following months of rigorous clinical trials involving tens of thousands of people and an extensive analysis of the vaccine’s safety, quality and effectiveness by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

The vaccine is highly effective in preventing disease, including in the elderly, and vaccinations will begin from next week.

The UK was the first in the world to sign an agreement with Oxford University/AstraZeneca, securing access to 100 million doses of the vaccine on behalf of the whole of the UK, crown dependencies and overseas territories. Hundreds of thousands of doses are available from Monday 4 January with more to be delivered over the coming weeks and months so that, alongside the existing Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, the UK’s vaccination programme can continue its steady expansion over the first part of next year.

The vaccine, which was backed by significant government funding, will be available for free across the UK and the government is working with the devolved administrations to ensure it is deployed fairly across the UK.

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said:

“The approval of the Oxford vaccine is a massive step forward in our fight against coronavirus. It is a tribute to the incredible UK scientists at Oxford University and AstraZeneca whose breakthrough will help to save lives around the world. The light at the end of the tunnel just got brighter.

“Vaccines are the exit route from the pandemic. We have already vaccinated hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people and the new Oxford jab will allow us to accelerate our vaccination plan, allowing us to return to normality in the future.

“This is a moment to celebrate British innovation - not only are we responsible for discovering the first treatment to reduce mortality for Covid-19, this vaccine will be made available to some of the poorest regions of the world at a low cost, helping protect countless people from this awful disease.

“I want to thank every single person who has been part of this British success story. While it is a time to be hopeful, it is so vital everyone continues to play their part to drive down infections.”

In line with the recommendations of the (JCVI), the vaccine will be rolled out to the priority groups including care home residents and staff, people over 80 and health and care workers, then to the rest of the population in order of age and risk, including those who are clinically extremely vulnerable.

The vaccine can be stored at fridge temperatures, between two to eight degrees, making it easier to distribute to care homes and other locations across the UK.

The NHS has decades of experience in rolling out successful widespread vaccination programmes and will now begin to implement extensive preparations for the roll out of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.

Business Secretary Alok Sharma said:

“The Oxford University/AstraZeneca vaccine is a great British success story, involving our very best minds at every stage across every part of the UK. As a result of significant government investment, not only has the vaccine been developed on home turf, but we have built a robust supply chain across the country to ensure the UK will be the first in the world to receive this vaccine.

“Thanks to the determination and sheer ingenuity of our incredible scientists, this vaccine will save very many lives at home and protect those in some of the world’s poorest nations, helping to bring this global pandemic to an end.

“From our researchers and manufacturers, to the thousands of trial volunteers and NHS staff who’ll administer this life-saving vaccine to those most in need, your country owes you an enormous debt of gratitude. Your unwavering spirit will go down in history.”

The MHRA started the rolling review of Oxford/AstraZeneca’s data in September and the government asked the regulator to assess the vaccine for its suitability for authorisation under Regulation 174 of the Human Medicines Regulations, enabling the temporary supply of medicines to be authorised in response to a public health need, which the regulator has recommended.

The vaccine will be deployed through similar methods as the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, including:

•  Hospital hubs for NHS and care staff and older patients to get vaccinated;
•  Local community services with local teams and GPs already signing up to take part in the programme;
•  Vaccination centres across the country, ensuring people can access a vaccine regardless of where they live.

In 2016, the UK Vaccine Network provided funding to support Oxford University to develop a vaccine for MERS. This vaccine technology was rapidly repurposed to develop a Covid-19 vaccine using initial funding from a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) research call launched in February.

In April the Government announced £20 million of further funding so that the Oxford clinical trials could commence immediately. Since then the government has bought 100 million doses of the final vaccine product via further investment.

The UK government is making every effort to increase the UK’s vaccine manufacturing capability to ensure vaccines are widely available to the public. As a result, the vaccine is being made in Oxfordshire and Staffordshire, with filling into vials at sites in North Wales. From the end of 2021, the UK will have two new permanent manufacturing sites each with the capability to manufacture tens of millions of doses within six months.

Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Office for England and co-lead of the National Institute for Health Research said:

“It is very good news that the independent regulator has now authorised for use the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.

“There has been a considerable collective effort that has brought us to this point. The dedication and hard work of scientists, regulators and those who funded the research, such as the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI) and United Kingdom Vaccine Network (UKVN), and the willingness and selflessness of so many volunteers who took part in the vaccine trials were essential in delivering this safe and effective vaccine. They deserve our recognition and thanks.”

Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England Professor Jonathan Van-Tam said:

“This is another remarkable achievement for science in the global effort to tackle COVID-19. The hard work of the researchers and scientists and the selflessness of clinical trial volunteers will soon begin to save lives.

“This vaccine is easier to transport and deploy, and will benefit UK citizens as well as many vulnerable people around the world.

“The UK has secured phased access to very large amounts and so this is fantastic news for NHS vaccine roll out. The vaccine will protect those who have it, but as we roll this out over the next few months it’s crucial we continue to follow the rules to protect each other until enough people have received it.”

Through the Vaccines Taskforce, the UK has secured early access to 357 million doses of seven of the most promising vaccines so far. To date, the government has invested over £230 million into manufacturing a successful vaccine. In the Chancellor’s Spending Review, published on 25 November, it was announced that the government has made more than £6 billion available to develop and procure successful vaccines.

Vaccine Deployment Minister Nadhim Zahawi said:

“Our brilliant NHS teams across the UK have been working tirelessly to vaccinate hundreds of thousands of people with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, despite the significant logistical hurdles.

“The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine will significantly boost our efforts to protect those most at risk from Covid-19 as it can be transported easier and, once extensive quality checks have taken place, the vaccine will be sent to vaccination sites across the UK and carefully unpacked ready for vaccinations to begin next week.”

The UKs four Chief Medical Officers agree with the JCVI advice that at this stage of the pandemic the priority should be to deliver first vaccine doses to as many people on the JCVI phase 1 priority list in the shortest possible timeframe. This will allow the administration of second doses to be completed over the longer timeframes in line with conditions set out by the independent regulator, the MHRA, and advice from the JCVI. The evidence shows one dose of either vaccine provides a high level of protection from Covid-19.

From today the NHS across the UK will prioritise giving the first dose of the vaccine to those in the most high-risk groups, with the second dose due to be administered within 12 weeks after the first. The second dose completes the course and is important for longer term protection.

The JCVI’s independent advice is that this approach will maximise the benefits of both vaccines allowing the NHS to help the greatest number of people in the shortest possible time. It will ensure that more at-risk people are able to get meaningful protection from a vaccine in the coming weeks and months, reducing deaths and starting to ease pressure on our NHS.

With the exception of those who have appointments for their second dose booked this week (w/c 28December), the NHS will contact those who have already received their first dose to reschedule their appointment in line with this new advice.

Interim Chair of the government’s Vaccines Taskforce Clive Dix said:

“Today is huge moment for the scientists and researchers involved in this vaccine and is a result of many years of hard work and late nights – I thank them all for their grit and determination.

“We recognised the significance of the Oxford University / AstraZeneca vaccine right from the start, which is why it was the first vaccine in our diverse portfolio, with the UK being the first country to sign an agreement for 100 million doses and why we fully-backed their clinical trials.

“The Oxford University / AstraZeneca vaccine stands out on the global stage because it is being made on a not-for-profit basis and will be available to some of the world’s most vulnerable populations. This is an ethos the Vaccines Taskforce shares and we are determined to ensure the fair and equitable access to vaccines across the globe regardless of status and influence.”

The JCVI has also amended its previous highly precautionary advice on Covid-19 vaccines for pregnancy or breastfeeding. Vaccination with either vaccine in pregnancy should be considered where the risk of infection is high and cannot be avoided, or where the woman has underlying conditions that place her at very high risk of serious complications of Covid-19, and the risks and benefits of vaccination should be discussed.

Those who are trying to become pregnant do not need to avoid pregnancy after vaccination, and breastfeeding women may be offered vaccination with either vaccine following consideration of the woman’s clinical need for immunisation against COVID-19. The UK Chief Medical Officers agree with this advice.

The MHRA has also updated its advice on administering the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine to people with allergies, recommending that anyone with a previous history of allergic reactions to the ingredients of the vaccine should not receive it, but those with any other allergies such as a food allergy can now have the vaccine.

When Will Vaccinations Be Available for Frontline Staff?

31/12/2020

 

Whilst the College of Paramedics is delighted that the UK was the first country in the world to commence the roll-out of a COVID-19 vaccine programme, it is deeply concerned that there may not be a consistent approach to providing the vaccines to paramedics and other frontline healthcare workers. Today’s news of the approval of the AstraZeneca (Oxford) vaccine provides us with a real opportunity to tackle this issue quickly.

Richard Webber, Director of Communications for the College of Paramedics and Registered Paramedic said:

“Paramedics and other frontline ambulance workers are at significant risk of infection from COVID-19, and more so as the NHS struggles to cope with demand. Ambulance staff not only enter uncontrolled environments in patient’s homes but are further and significantly exposed to COVID-19 due to some of the worst levels of ambulance handover delays. Every day crews are sitting outside hospitals with ill patients, sometimes for many hours at a time. We know that this increases the risk of infection as ambulance staff are taking in many more COVID-19 positive patients than were seen in the first wave of the pandemic.”

Tracy Nicholls, Registered Paramedic and Chief Executive of the College of Paramedics said:

“This month yet another paramedic lost their life to COVID-19, and in the UK and around the world ambulance staff are mourning the deaths of their colleagues. Our hearts go out to them and their families and recognise the ongoing courage that every one of them has shown during this pandemic.

Now the virus has mutated, and its transmission is easier, combined with long ambulance handover delays at hospital, paramedics and ambulance clinicians are at even greater risk of catching this terrible disease. We must also vaccinate those paramedics working in primary or urgent care or in emergency departments alongside medical and nursing colleagues whose exposure to patients with COVID-19 is equally risky.

We recognise the need to protect those vulnerable patients in our hospitals and communities, but we must have contingency plans to look after the staff so that the dedicated care can continue for all those who call for help.”


David Davis, Mental Health Lead for the College of Paramedics said:

“The impact and burden of this disease on paramedics and other ambulance workers is profound.

Paramedics have been courageous throughout this pandemic but they are also deeply worried. Many have said that their biggest concern is taking the disease home to their families; but they are worried about catching it too.

After many months of battling this disease, they are tired, and stressed and we are hearing reports of greater levels of mental ill health amongst the profession.

Whilst we are working with the COVID-19 Healthcare Support Appeal, NHS Practitioner Health and The Ambulance Staff Charity to support paramedic mental health, we need to protect this precious workforce from COVID-19 too.”


The College of Paramedics urges the regional NHS vaccination centres to prioritise paramedics and other frontline ambulance staff for the available slots and for urgent inclusion of the frontline workforce for the AstraZeneca (Oxford) vaccine. This should also include those who work in the 999 operations centres and NHS 111 services and who are providing an absolutely vital service during these times of huge demand from people who need advice promptly.

College of Paramedics Writes to Professor Chris Whitty Welcoming the Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine

23/12/2020

 

 

College of Paramedics' Student Council for 2021 Announced

18/12/2020

 

As you will hopefully be aware, the College of Paramedics has held elections to the very first Student Council, due to start on the 1st of January. Approximately 80% of all student paramedics within the UK are members of the College of Paramedics, and with this new national council the voice of these members will be strongly represented across all sectors of the profession. The role of the council can essentially be distilled into three distinct aims;

- To advise and be consulted upon in College policy and activity that will involve students
- Advance student and education practise in relation to paramedicine development
- Liase with students across all four nations to close the feedback loop

We had several excellent applicants and would like to extend our thanks to each and every candidate who ran in these very first student council elections. Voting was held in most of the regions, and as of today we are delighted to announce that the following people will be representing Student Paramedics across the College’s region. It is worth noting that we did not have any candidates from the Northern Ireland student population, however we will be working hard to ensure that students within Northern Ireland are justly represented as equals with all other students within the UK.



We look forward to starting work in early 2021.

Ben Vickars
Chair of the Student Paramedic Council / National Student Paramedic Representative

Announcing The College of Paramedics' New Head of Clinical Development for Emergency and Critical Care

16/12/2020

 

Today, the College of Paramedics is delighted to announce that Tony Stone has been appointed as our new Head of Clinical Development for Emergency and Critical Care.
Since graduating from the University of Hertfordshire in 2010, Tony has been a paramedic with East of England Ambulance Service (EEAST) during which time he has undertaken several secondments. These include the roles of Clinical Field Operations Trainer, Emergency Operations Centre Paramedic and Education and Training Officer. 

He joined Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Trust (EHAAT) in 2014 as a HEMS Critical Care Paramedic and gained his EEAST independent Critical Care Paramedic status two years later. In 2017, Tony started in the Patient Liaison Manager role at EHAAT in addition to maintaining weekly clinical shifts.

Tony has previously been a visiting lecturer at the University of Bedfordshire where he taught all aspects of the Paramedic Science degree course. Outside of his core job, he undertakes ad-hoc Critical Care Paramedic event work for Enhanced Care Services, maintains a bank contract with EEAST, and is currently part of a small group aiming to establish a new BASICS responder scheme in Bedfordshire.

From 2017 to 2019 he was the College’s alternate Trustee for the East of England.

Tony said: “I am truly delighted to be appointed by the College as their new Head of Clinical Development for Emergency and Critical Care. I am very much looking forward to engaging with College membership across the UK, learning from the huge wealth of experience that exists within our profession and creating a forum to share best practice between organisations.

“I plan to champion CPD and education opportunities, develop a core capabilities framework for critical care and promote proposals for advancing clinical practice. Ultimately, I hope to help shape the future of paramedic critical care delivery for the benefit of both the College membership and the patients we serve.”

Tracy Nicholls, CEO of the College of Paramedics said: “I am delighted that Tony has agreed to take on this role with the College of Paramedics. Tony’s experience at Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Trust, both providing critical care and as a Patient Liaison Manager will be put to good use in his role as Head of Clinical Development for Emergency and Critical Care. His commitment to his profession is unquestionable and we very much look forward to him joining our dedicated team here at the College.”

Stuart Elms, Clinical Director Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Trust added: “Tony has been exceptional in every role with EHAAT since he joined us as a CCP in 2014. He embodies everything that an outstanding clinician should aspire to be and we are incredibly happy to support this next part of his journey.  This is an exciting time for the College of Paramedics and our profession and I firmly believe that Tony is the ideal candidate to help shape and develop the future of paramedic clinical practice.  I personally wish him and the College the very best with this role.”

 

Important Notice to Members: Service Provision Over Christmas and New Year

16/12/2020

 

The College of Paramedics’ Head Office will be closed between Friday 25th December and Friday 1st January 2021 for the Christmas period. Normal service will continue until Thursday 24th December and will resume on Monday 4th January 2021 upon which any messages left with the College of Paramedics will be processed as soon as practicable with messages of an urgent nature being given priority.

Please note the following arrangements that will apply from 1600 on Thursday 24th December and 09.00 on Monday 4th January 2021:

For urgent matters relating to fitness-to-practise please call the office 07852 371197 leaving a message stating it is a Fitness to Practice matter and then follow this up with an email to membership@collegeofparamedics.co.uk where your concern will be dealt with by one of the team and you will be contacted back.

If you are having difficulty with your log-in, please follow the guidance on our web site and leave a message on the Head Office answerphone where someone will get back to you as soon as they can.

Any queries you have around CPD, events or other membership enquires will be dealt with after the 4th January 2021.

We trust that these arrangements will ensure members are not disadvantaged over the public holiday period and urge members to contact the College of Paramedics on routine matters either before close of business on 24th December or during the week commencing 4th January 2021. We thank you in advance for your understanding and wish you and your families a happy and safe Christmas and New Year.

Take Part in the Mind Mental Health Survey

16/12/2020

 

Mind, the mental health charity, is leading on the Blue Light Programme, funded by The Royal Foundation to support the mental health of people working in the emergency services. Mind want to hear about current experiences and how the coronavirus pandemic may have affected the mental health of staff and volunteers working in the ambulance service in England and Wales.

Everyone working in the ambulance service is welcome to take the survey - Mind want to hear from as many people as possible, so please feel free to share the link with contacts.

The survey closes on Sunday 10 January. Thank you for taking part and helping Mind to ensure that you get the support you need.

COVID-19 Vaccination Specific E-Learning Content Now Available

15/12/2020

 

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare has worked in partnership with Public Health England and NHS England and NHS Improvement to develop the COVID-19 Vaccination e-learning programme. The e-learning programme is designed to provide the health and care workforce involved in the national COVID-19 vaccination programme with the knowledge they need to confidently promote high uptake of the vaccine and deliver the vaccine programme effectively. The programme consists of a core knowledge session and a vaccine-specific session with accompanying assessment sessions for each. More vaccine-specific sessions will be added as and when more COVID-19 vaccines become available and authorised for supply in the UK.

The e-learning sessions describe the national COVID-19 vaccination programme for England. Most of the information in the sessions will be relevant for those involved in the programme throughout the UK. However, those undertaking the programme in Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the Crown Dependencies should be aware that some details as to how the programme will be delivered may be different. Vaccinators should therefore ensure that they refer to any country-specific information available, so they are familiar with the details of the programme for the country they are practising in.

For more information about the COVID-19 Vaccination programme, including details on how to access, visit the e-LfH website  

College of Paramedics’ International Education Conference 2021

14/12/2020

 

Save the date:  during the week of 12th April 2021, the College of Paramedics and the Australasian College of Paramedicine are hosting the first International Paramedic Education Conference. This is a virtual, online conference running through the week.  It will be a very inclusive event giving an opportunity for those involved in the education of paramedics at all levels to share their experiences, research, ideas and innovations to an international audience.  Each day will have a specific, education-based theme:

  1. The Use of Simulation in Education
  2. Approaches to Practice-based Learning
  3. Research in Paramedic Education
  4. Transition to Professional Practice
  5. Paramedic Education Policy
  6. Innovations in Teaching and Learning
  7. Assessment

The College of Paramedics invites both members and non-members to offer an abstract for presentation.  Whether you are a university lecturer, Practice Educator, training officer, student or anyone with an interest in paramedic education, your submission is welcome!

Call for Abstracts and Posters Now Open

Click here for the abstract submission form. 
Click here for guidance on submitting your abstract/poster. 

The closing date for submissions is the 31st January 2021. 

 

Advancing Healthcare Awards 2021

14/12/2020

 

Allied health professionals, healthcare scientists and those who work alongside them in support roles have until 15 March 2021 to enter the Advancing Healthcare Awards, the unique awards programme which crosses boundaries and fosters partnership working.

We are delighted to invite entries to the 2021 awards, launching at the end of a year when allied health professionals and healthcare scientists and the work that they do have really taken centre-stage. Now more than ever it’s important to recognise, celebrate and reward this work.

New for 2020: This year we’re pleased to announce a new healthcare science award - The Academy for Healthcare Science award for outstanding achievement by a Clinical Research Practitioner. From the Welsh Government we have the Award for Value Based Care and from the Department of Health Northern Ireland - the Award for reform and rebuild of Health and Social Care Services post COVID 19. For 2021 Chroma, in association with INPA, will be looking for Innovation in neurorehabilitation.

As we enter the new year we will be introducing other categories and updates will be provided on the website and social media. The awards will be presented at a ceremony to be held on 21 May 2021.

The 2021 awards are:

Awards open to AHPs and healthcare scientists working anywhere in the UK
• NHS Employers award for outstanding achievement by an apprentice, support worker or technician working alongside an AHP or healthcare scientist
• Welsh Government’s award for value based care: making best use of resources to maximise outcomes
• Chamberlain Dunn Rising Star award

Awards open to healthcare scientists only
• The Viapath award for innovation in healthcare science
• The Scottish Government award for driving improvement, delivering results
• Biomedical Scientist of the Year award sponsored by the Institute of Biomedical Science
• Academy for Healthcare Science award for inspiring the healthcare science workforce of the future
• Academy for Healthcare Science award for outstanding achievement by a Clinical Research Practitioner

Awards open to AHPs only
• Faculty of Public Health and Public Health England award for contributions to public health, in association with AHPs4PH
• The Northern Ireland award for reform and rebuild of health and social care services post COVID 19 sponsored by the Department of Health NI
• The Scottish Government award for improving quality, measuring and demonstrating impact
• Chroma award for Innovation in Neurorehabilitation sponsored by Chroma in association with the Independent Neurorehabilitation Providers Alliance

To download the Awards Information Sheet and to enter visit https://ahawards.co.uk/uk/  Follow @AHAwards for updates.

Organised by Chamberlain Dunn, these UK-wide Awards, now in their seventeenth year, recognise and reward projects and professionals that lead innovative healthcare practice and make a real difference to patients’ lives in the healthcare science and allied health professions.

For further information contact Rachael Fisher on rachael@chamberdunn.co.uk tel: 020 8334 4500
Chamberlain Dunn, The Old Candlemakers, West St, Lewes, BN7 2NZ.

Mind the Gap: Essential Reading for Every Paramedic

14/12/2020

 

A revolutionary new handbook called Mind the Gap which looks at how clinical signs and symptoms can differ on black and brown skin is now available to download for free on the College of Paramedics website.

The booklet was developed by Malone Mukwende, a second year medical student at St George’s, University of London, Margot Turner, Senior Lecturer in Diversity and Medical Education, and Dr Peter Tamony, Clinical Lecturer in Clinical Skills.

It came about after Malone recognised that the images being shown during his clinical skills sessions were not representative of people with darker skin tones. Working in partnership with Margot Turner and Dr Tamony, Malone wanted to devise a handbook which would educate medical and allied health professional students on the importance of understanding that certain clinical signs present differently on darker skin. As Malone explained: “This is something which is not commonly practiced in medical textbooks as there is a ‘white skin bias’. It is important that we, as future healthcare professionals are aware of these differences so that we don’t compromise our care for certain groups.”

A case in point would be when a call taker asks a caller if the patient’s skin is pale or if their lips are turning blue. On a patient with dark skin, neither of these descriptors would prove useful, and consequently their care could be compromised from the get-go. With the help of this handbook, many of those differences will now be highlighted, as will the need for change when it comes to the clinical language we currently use..

These are key areas of our learning where there is undoubtedly room for improvement and the College is working with all HEIs with paramedic programmes, supporting them in their commitment to ‘decolonise’ their curricula, to ensure that learning experiences include and reflect the diversity of ethnicity within the UK population, equipping student paramedics with the knowledge and skills to safely and effectively assess all patients, no matter their skin colour.
We are also working with a smaller group of paramedic lecturers and students to produce a whole system approach to increasing diversity across all stands within UK paramedic programmes that HEIs and their students can benefit from in the future. We hope to be able to tell you more on this in spring of 2021.

The College of Paramedics encourages all its members to download this handbook and use it in their practice, their learning and the education of others. Click here to download.

Read more about the background of the Mind the Gap project here.

Read more about how the Mind the Gap project is developing here.

Malone has set up a website to continue gathering pictures and information on the presentation of conditions in people with black and brown skin, as well as their stories of health care. Malone and his team are asking for submissions to increase their collection here

Public Health England Launch COVID-19 Vaccine Communications Toolkit

11/12/2020

 

Public Health England has launched a communication toolkit to help spread the word about the COVID-19 vaccine. The toolkit includes:

• Vaccine safety, risks and ingredients - A suite of videos from Prof Jonathan Van-Tam, Deputy Chief Medical Officer

• Would I be prepared to take the vaccine? Be ready to be called. Vaccine prioritisation - Videos from Dr June Raine CBE, MHRA on public safety, Prof Jonathan Van-Tam

• The regulators critical role. The importance of speed and impact - Videos from Prof Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer for England, and Prof Andrew Pollard, Director, Oxford Vaccine Group

• Vaccine safety and testing - Videos from MHRA, Dr Christian Schneider and Interim Chief Scientific Officer at MHRA

• How the vaccine works, everything you need to know about the Oxford vaccine, clinical trials and the pace of development - Videos from Professor Andrew Pollard, Director of the Oxford Vaccine Group and Maheshi Ramasamy, Consultant in Infectious Diseases and Acute Medicine, and Professor Sarah Gilbert, University of Oxford

Please click here to view the toolkit.

Please click here to download the latest COVID-19 vaccines Q&A, that will be updated and shared regularly.

National Conference 2021

10/12/2020


Following the success of the virtual UK Student Paramedic Conference (UKSPC) the virtual Research Conference and the Virtual Emergency Care Conferences (VECC). We are pleased to announce, that the College of Paramedics’ National Conference will be held virtually on Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th May 2021. Follow #ParaCon21 for updates. 

Would you like to present at the College of Paramedics’ National Conference in 2021?
Have you got a piece of research you would like to present, or would you like to share an experience? Are you comfortable in presenting to a virtual audience? If so, we would love to hear from you. Next year’s National Conference is taking place virtually on Wednesday 12th & Thursday 13th May 2020. Please click here for the submission form. The closing date for submissions is the 12th February 2021.

International Day of People with Disabilities, 3rd December 2020

02/12/2020

 

To celebrate International Day of People with Disabilities 2020, themed 'Not all Disabilities are Visible', we are releasing two articles from Paramedic Insight, for all to read.

The 2020 International Day of People with Disabilities, is part of the annual celebration of people with disabilities, Disability History Month, 18 November to 18 December, and focuses on spreading awareness and understanding of disabilities that are not immediately apparent such as mental illness, chronic pain or fatigue, sight or hearing impairments, diabetes, brain injuries, neurological disorders, learning differences and cognitive dysfunctions, among others.

Our first article is an interview with Richard Webb-Stevens, a Motorcycle Paramedic with London Ambulance Service.

Looking at a picture of you in your bike gear, no-one would know that you suffer from profound sensorineural hearing loss. Can you tell us what that means for you in everyday life?
"I was born with bilateral severe/profound sensorineural hearing loss and have worn hearing aids for over 40 years. […] I have been able to adapt and cope as best I can. I wear hearing aids, but unlike glasses they cannot fully resolve my hearing loss. They are however amazing as without them I could not do my job. I use the hearing aids’ Bluetooth connectivity to use mobile phones and when I work in the control room, I have adapted induction loop headphones for using the landlines.
I once designed an adaptive ear mould which enabled me to simultaneously use the Genesis headset and my hearing aids so I could talk to the control room and hear my patients too."


Read more here.

Sadly, because of the Covid-19 pandemic, we were unable to go ahead with our National Conference in May, so our excitement to hear Richard speak at the event was unfulfilled. However, we look forward to Richard presenting at another College CPD event in the future.

Our second article is Neurodiversity – unique attributes, powerful assets, opportunities needed! by Gemma Howlett, now Principal Lecturer for Paramedic Apprenticeships at the University of Cumbria, who talked with newly qualified paramedic James Bridge, now working as a paramedic with Polaris Medical Services.

I asked James; what they thought the top advantages of encouraging a more neurodiverse workforce were?
“Once you open the doors and remove barriers, you allow a wholly new unique element into the workforce. My neurodiversity allows for me to maintain greater accuracy through an ability to detect errors and higher levels of concentration. Being autistic gives me certain strengths. Reliability, determination and persistence, technical strength, and exceptionally strong recall and detailed factual knowledge."


Read more here.

James prefers the pronouns they/them to refer to themself, this was a mistake on the College’s part when publishing the original article. James is aware of this situation and has accepted an apology. Read more about using they/them pronouns here https://deconforming.com/they-them-pronouns/

Gemma and James’ article can also be read on page 94 in the Paramedic Practice-Based Learning: A Handbook for Practice Educators and Facilitators, by Dr Vince Clarke MCPara, Trustee Official for Education: https://www.collegeofparamedics.co.uk/COP/News/practice_educator_handbook.aspx 
 
International Day of People with Disabilities is about celebrating the achievements and contributions of people with all abilities. For the College of Paramedics and our members, it is about promoting awareness, understanding and acceptance of the benefits of having people who are differently able, or who are living with long term conditions, within the paramedic profession.
“Diverse representation amongst paramedics will bring a richness to the future of our profession and will eventually reflect better the communities we serve.”
Tracy Nicholls, CEO, College of Paramedics

Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine approved for use in the UK

02/12/2020

 

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said:
 
“The Government has today accepted the recommendation from the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to approve Pfizer/BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine for use. This follows months of rigorous clinical trials and a thorough analysis of the data by experts at the MHRA who have concluded that the vaccine has met its strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness. 
 
“The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) will shortly also publish its latest advice for the priority groups to receive the vaccine, including care home residents, health and care staff, the elderly and the clinically extremely vulnerable.
 
“The vaccine will be made available across the UK from next week. The NHS has decades of experience in delivering large scale vaccination programmes and will begin putting their extensive preparations into action to provide care and support to all those eligible for vaccination.
 
“To aid the success of the vaccination programme it is vital everyone continues to play their part and abide by the necessary restrictions in their area so we can further suppress the virus and allow the NHS to do its work without being overwhelmed.
 
“Further details will be set out shortly.”

 


Paramedic Workforce Challenges and Opportunities Webinar

02/12/2020



This webinar was part of a series by HEE looking at all the AHP professions in turn. The paramedic specific section can be found at the link below alongside Dietetics and Drama therapy. The paramedic workforce data slides start at around 35:25, with Liz Harris’s (Head of Professional Standards) presentation being introduced at around 43:25 discussing the challenges and opportunities that currently exist.

Please click here to watch.

Preparing Your CPD Portfolio GUIDANCE 

25/11/2020

 

Preparing Your CPD Portfolio 
By Dr Vince Clarke MCPara, Trustee Official for Education 

Wherever Paramedics work, Continuous Professional Development is the lifeblood that sustains good practice, quality improvement and care of our service users. In this College of Paramedics e-booklet, Dr Vince Clarke offers expert guidance on preparing and maintaining your CPD portfolio and meeting the HCPC Standards of Continuing Professional Development. College of Paramedics members can keep a record of CPD on your membership profile. Log in to the member hub, click on the CPD tab and upload evidence under Self Submitted CPD.

To view the e-book, click here.

200 Videos Now on the CPD Hub

24/11/2020



The College of Paramedics CPD Hub now has over 200 videos to enhance and support your Continuing Professional Development. Whether you want to update on a key clinical topic, watch a thought provoking discussion, supplement your reading for a course assignment or just browse a fantastic range of high quality presentations, there is something there for you. Watch a video, complete a short reflection and add it to your College of Paramedics Member Hub page and build your CPD portfolio. Recently added videos include Dr Chris Jefferies Guide to Shortness of Breath, Dr Kate Hames Airways : Let's start at the very beginning and Advanced Paramedic Practitioner (Critical Care) Alex Ulrich Going Beyond the H.O.T. Principles. We are also regularly adding video presentations shared by our colleagues at the Australasian College of Paramedicine, including presentations on trauma by Todd Wehr (Queensland) and Dr Sanj Fernando (Sydney), and many more.

Check out the CPD Hub here

Student Council Voting Now Open

24/11/2020




AHPs and Health Inequalities Survey

24/11/2020



Public Health England, NHSE/I and The King’s Fund are collaborating on a project which seeks to explore the role that allied health professionals (AHPs) have to play with regards to health inequalities. Health inequalities are the preventable differences in health status between groups, populations or individuals that arise from the unequal distribution of social, environmental and economic conditions within societies, which determine the risk of people getting ill, their ability to prevent sickness, or opportunities to act and access treatment when ill health occurs.

You can help to develop a framework to support AHPs to understand their role in reducing inequalities in health by completing the following short survey. The understanding of the role that paramedics play in addressing health inequalities and the barriers and opportunities that currently exist, will be an important part of this work. The framework needs to be informed by the experiences, insights and ideas of AHPs. The survey should take no more than 10 minutes and your responses will be kept anonymous. https://surveys.phe.org.uk/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=98KM99242  

Trans Awareness Week

20/11/2020



This week has been Trans Awareness Week, where organisations and people around the world attempt to raise the visibility of transgender people and bring to attention the issues trans and gender variant people face by educating the public about who transgender people are, sharing stories and experiences, and advancing advocacy around the issues of prejudice, discrimination, and violence that affect the transgender community. This culminated on the 20th November in the Transgender Day of Remembrance that was started in 1999 by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honour the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998. The vigil commemorated all the transgender people lost to violence since Rita Hester's death, and began an important tradition that continues today.

Why is this needed? Although trans visibility is far more commonplace than it ever has been, media still promulgate polemic and bellicose rhetoric around trans people where trans women are reduced to perverted fetishistic men attempting to prey on ‘real’ women and girls in order to commit acts of sexual assault, trans men are confused lesbian women, and non-binary individuals simply can’t make up their mind or ‘want to be different and push boundaries of gender for attention’. Recently a conservative and religious organisation called Truth in Science sent a DVD to all schools in England outlining a theory of the ‘Transgender Agenda’, couching an idea that medical professionals believe that ‘transgenderism’ is an ideology that cannot be supported in science, that any gender variance is a mental illness, and that supporting trans people may act as a failure in a duty of care by education providers and result in safeguarding concerns.  Although more and more research links gender variance to genetic neurodivergence, the symbiotic relationship of biopsychosocial determinants of health cannot be ignored; more likely, there is a constellation of aetiologies predisposing an individual to be trans or non-binary.

As social media plays a greater role in manipulation of echo chambers and therefore thought management, intelligent and respectful discourse seems to have given way to binary thinking and as such it seems that people are either 100% allies of trans people, or believe that sex is an immutable characteristic and gender is meaningless, therefore myself and every other trans or non-binary person is mentally ill and/or perverted with a nefarious agenda.  The issue with this can also be seen worldwide: violence against trans people is increasing, and in America healthcare providers can refuse to offer lifesaving treatment of trans people if it does not fit within their personal or religious belief. “Trans panic” as a stated legal defence in some American States “which asks a jury to find that a victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity is to blame for the defendant’s violent reaction, including murder.”  Hungary recently ended all legal recognition of trans people, and Poland has “LGBT-free zones” supported by a right-wing movement gaining in traction where Jews and Muslims are also being targeted.  Anecdotally, most of my trans and non-binary colleagues and friends report suffering greater hostility, violence and negative attention than they have previously.

As registered healthcare professionals we have a duty to give exceptional care, free from personal judgement and without fear or favour.  The time is now to become a vocal ally to the trans and non-binary community; silence is no longer enough.  

The College of Paramedics diversity pages can help signpost members who would like more information.  Additionally, the Diversity Steering Group can help with all matters relating to equality and diversity from personal to board level.  The National Ambulance LGBT Network recently released a Trans Toolkit which can be accessed here.

Rebecca Connolly, Senior Advanced Clinical Practitioner and member of the College of Paramedics Diversity Steering Group



Public Health England Launch ‘We are the NHS’ Campaign

17/11/2020



The last few months have highlighted the dedication and resilience of those working on the frontline of healthcare, demonstrating their unwavering commitment and passion in keeping the UK public safe. With the NHS experiencing significant and high-profile public support we want to inspire the next generation to consider a life-changing career and play a vital role in shaping the future of the NHS.

Now in its third consecutive year, the ‘We are the NHS’ campaign is back to celebrate the extraordinary work of nurses, allied health professionals and healthcare support workers and inspire a new generation to embark on a career in the health service. Launching in November 2020 with above-the-line TV, radio and digital advertising alongside PR activities, all elements of the campaign feature real NHS workers who are proud of their career.

The campaign shines a light on some of the most in-demand roles in the NHS; all varied, exciting and challenging in equal measure. Nurses, allied health professionals and healthcare support workers touch the lives of thousands, providing expertise, care and compassion when it matters most.

This year, candidates for university courses relevant for nursing and allied health professions have access to a support system to guide them step by step through the application process, alongside tailored support. Additional NHS funding is available for those studying towards a degree required for nursing and allied health professions.

The NHS is actively recruiting and welcomes talented and passionate individuals to join its ranks, from all walks of life. Search NHS Careers for more information on available roles.

College of Paramedics Publishes New Practice Educator Handbook

10/11/2020

 

Paramedic Practice-Based Learning: A Handbook for Practice Educators and Facilitators
By Dr Vince Clarke MCPara, Trustee Official for Education

 

 The College of Paramedics, in a project funded by Health Education England, has reviewed and updated its Practice Educator publication, with the resultant ‘Paramedic Practice-Based Learning: A Handbook for Practice Educators and Facilitators’ published in November 2020.

This Handbook builds on the success of the College of Paramedics’ Practice Educator Guidance Handbook published in 2017. Some underpinning theory is explored in greater depth, with propositions for theoretical approaches to paramedic practice-based learning being presented, these having been drawn from the doctoral research undertaken by the editor. It also includes additional sections addressing the facilitation of practice-based learning for paramedics and the expectations of the College in relation to Practice Educator support and development. 

The importance of practice-based learning and Practice Educator development continues to be a key focus of the College at a time when increasing demand by the NHS is expanding not only the number of paramedics, but also opening exciting opportunities to expand the vocation and scope of practice of paramedicine way beyond the traditional boundaries of the ambulance service provision: Remember, not all paramedics wear green!

It is hoped that this new and revised book will continue to guide education providers, placement providers, employers, students, and paramedic practice educators in the delivery of safe and effective practice-based learning.

It is also designed to be a supportive tool for education providers who are currently delivering, or plan to deliver, paramedic education. It will set out the key components expected by the College of Paramedics to be included in Practice Educator development courses as well as discussing different approaches to the facilitation of practice-based learning in paramedic settings. 
The College will be providing, free of charge, hard copies of the book to all UK ambulance services so that they can be distributed to active practice educators as well as being a resource for the development of newly qualified paramedics as they progress into the role of Practice Educator.  

How to get your copy…

  1. Speak to your Trust - 16,000 have been delivered to all the UK ambulance services to be given out to practice educators. 

  2. Order your own copy from our Online Shop
     

New e-Learning Programme, Freedom to Speak Up in Healthcare in England, Now Available

03/11/2020



Freedom to Speak Up in Healthcare in England is a training programme aimed at everyone within the NHS including colleagues, managers and senior leaders, as well as volunteers, learners, students and those in training, regardless of their contract terms. The three sessions explain what speaking up is, why it is important, and how to foster an environment where colleagues, when they speak up, are listened to, thanked and their suggestions followed up. The programme helps learners understand the vital role they can play and the support available to encourage a healthy speaking up culture which protects patient safety and enhances colleague experience.

For more information on the programme, including details on how to access, please visit: https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/freedom-to-speak-up/. Health Education England’s new Chief Executive, Navina Evans, has also recorded a short video about Freedom to Speak Up which you can view here: https://www.nationalguardian.org.uk/l-is-for-learning-2/.  

Learning Hub – Mental Health Resources Recently Contributed

03/11/2020



The Learning Hub is a digital platform that provides easy access to a wide range of education and training resources for the health and care workforce. Organisations and users can contribute and share resources for those in health and care to access. There are now over 700 resources available for the health and care workforce to access and share with colleagues.

Health Education England’s mental health team has recently contributed a suite of resources to the Learning Hub including:
New Roles in Mental Health resources, products and tools
Multi professional approved clinician implementation pack
Good practice in new workforce roles
Transforming mental health social work

If you have a resource to share, contribute it by logging in to the Learning Hub. You can sign into the Learning Hub either using your existing e-Learning for Healthcare or NHS OpenAthens username and password or by creating an account on the Learning Hub and using those details.

If you would like further information about uploading content, please contact the Learning Hub team. For more information about the Learning Hub follow us on Twitter: @HEE_TEL and visit the Learning Hub website to read about our journey so far.

Congratulations to College member Jolene Miller for being recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours

2/11/2020

 

Train driver and registered paramedic Jolene Miller has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. The 42 year old from Ingleby Barwick in Teesside has been awarded the British Empire Medal for services to the NHS after she returned to the frontline to work as a paramedic during the first wave of the pandemic.

The medal is given in recognition of service to the community which can include charitable or voluntary activities.  Jolene, who was put forward for the award by her employer, Northern Rail, is expected to receive her medal at the Queen’s annual garden party next June.

She said: “When I first found out about the award I honestly thought I was being pranked. I’d missed several emails that had been sent by the Cabinet Office because they had ended up in my junk mail, and I ignored several of their calls because I thought they were from cold callers.

“It was only when someone from the Cabinet Office finally called my home phone that I realised what was happening. To say I was stunned would be an understatement.”

Jolene worked as a paramedic for over 10 years before joining Northern Rail as a train driver in 2018. She admits that the main reason she left the NHS was because she struggled with the toll of shift work. For the last three years she has kept up her registration by working at events through Cipher Medical in Teesside.

When the first wave of Covid-19 struck in March, and Northern Rail scaled back many of its services, Jolene sought permission from her bosses to return to the frontline. They thought it was a great idea and for the next three months Jolene worked one week at Darlington Memorial Hospital followed by one week on the trains.

She explained: “I always knew I couldn’t sit back and do nothing.  With the NHS under so much pressure I would have felt too guilty letting my skills go to waste.

“Admittedly, I found the first shift pretty nerve-racking but after that I was fine.”

Working in a triage area of the Emergency Department Jolene’s role focussed on assessing patients as they arrived by ambulance and then directing them to the most appropriate care, all of which helped manage the flow of patients and stop corridors from becoming overcrowded.

She says if she’s needed again during the current wave then she won’t hesitate to help. But for now, she still trying to come to terms with the fact that she’s a recipient of the British Empire Medal. 

She said: “It’s pretty surreal because I don’t think I’ve done anything special. I’m very aware that many of my friends in the NHS, who do their jobs day in, day out haven’t been given an award. As far as I’m concerned they’re the ones who need to be championed for the amazing work they do.”

 

 

Royal College of Occupational Therapists Launches Careers Diversity Campaign

02/11/2020



As part of Occupational Therapy Week 2020, the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) has launched a campaign to inspire people from all backgrounds to become occupational therapists.

Although there are over 41,000 occupational therapists, across the UK there is still a significant shortage and the profession is included on the UK’s Shortage Occupations List. RCOT also wants to encourage people from a variety of backgrounds to qualify as occupational therapists and ensure that the profession reflects the diversity of the population it serves.

Through a social media campaign, #ChooseOT, RCOT is reaching out to school students and the people who support them to encourage more people to consider occupational therapy as a career.

RCOT Chief Executive, Julia Scott said:

“I’m sure I speak for our members in saying that being an occupational therapist is the best job in the world. It brings immense benefits and opportunities, and training to be an occupational therapist leads to a nationally and internationally recognised qualification.

“No two days are ever the same. You can change people’s lives on a daily basis working in the NHS, social care, schools, prisons, the emergency services and in the private and voluntary sector. The list is almost endless.

“The profession needs people from all backgrounds. So if you are a problem solver, people person, good at sizing up situations or enjoy helping people – now is the time to #ChooseOT.”

Occupational Therapy Week 2020 takes place on 2-8 November, More information can be found on our campaign webpage.

More information on how to become an occupational therapist can be found at our careers website.

Kilimanjaro Climb For TASC

28/10/2020



More than 20 members of South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) are gearing up for the biggest physical challenge of their lives. Next September, the team, led by paramedics Quoc Vo and Juliet McGill will begin a seven-day trek to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in a bid to raise over £75,000 for The Ambulance Staff Charity (TASC).

It is a huge undertaking which will see the team climb almost 6,000m through dense, tropical rainforests and alpine desert to reach the top of the highest mountain in Africa, and the tallest free-standing mountain in the world. Paramedic Quoc Vo, who has helped organise the fundraising climb, knows it will be tough but says the team are determined to raise vital funds for TASC so that the charity can continue providing services to support the UK’s ambulance staff, their families and ambulance volunteers.

Quoc, a member of the College of Paramedics said: “The Coronavirus pandemic has taken a toll on my colleagues, and over the years I’ve seen the difference TASC can make, they are always there to help us and I wanted to do something to help them. I’ve always wanted to climb Kilimanjaro and thought now would be the perfect time to tick something off my bucket list while raising funds for a fantastic cause to help them cope with the increasing demands on their services.
“Even better, is the fact that I’m not doing it alone and several of my colleagues are joining me on the climb. This challenge is a year in the making. We’re not starting the climb until September next year but the build-up, training and fundraising is key and starts now. Everyone is really excited and can’t wait to be on top of the mountain!”

TASC’S Director of Income Generation and Supporter Engagement, Jasmin Rana, is delighted that the charity is being supported by the SCAS Team . She said: “We’re so excited that they have chosen to fundraise for TASC! Demand for our services is growing year-on-year and in 2019/20 we provided 56 per cent more interventions than the previous year.
“The team have set themselves a real challenge which looks set to be our biggest fundraiser ever, and the vital funds they raise will make such a big impact on the people we help.”

If you would like to donate please go to the team’s online JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/teamscas

We will bring you regular updates, over the coming months, on the team’s progress.

Announcing the College of Paramedics' New Head of Clinical Development for Primary and Urgent Care

27/10/2020

 

Today, the College of Paramedics and College of Podiatry are delighted to announce that Helen Beaumont-Waters, an Advanced Clinical Practitioner in General Practice, paramedic and podiatrist has been appointed the new Head of Clinical Development for Primary and Urgent Care at the College of Paramedics.

Helen was a paramedic with Yorkshire Ambulance Service for 26 years and was trained as an Emergency Care Practitioner, ie Specialist Paramedic in Primary and Urgent Care. She qualified as a podiatrist in 2017 and has been working with Health Education England and the College of Podiatry on national workforce transformation projects in podiatry. She is currently studying for a second MSc in Care of the Elderly. 

Helen said: “I am thrilled to be appointed as the College’s Head of Clinical Development in Primary and Urgent Care, and I’m looking forward to the journey ahead to unlock the potential, and evolve the superpowers, of paramedics working in these areas.  

“This is an exciting time for the profession, and I believe that together we can drive forward progression for personal and professional development, provide even more opportunities for our members and strengthen our clinical skills to ultimately improve care for all our patients.  I look forward to working with everyone at the College to build on the fabulous work they have already done to promote and advance paramedics in primary care.”

Tracy Nicholls, CEO of the College of Paramedics said: “We are delighted to welcome Helen to this new role.  We recognise that our members who work in primary and urgent care can feel their views are not always represented but I am sure Helen will enable consultation and representation at a national level through the College with input from members.  I have no doubt that she will quickly make an impact and we are particularly pleased with Helen’s additional skills and capabilities which I am sure will provide a very different approach to our future work.”

Steve Jamieson, CEO of the College of Podiatry said: “I would like to congratulate Helen on her new role at the College of Paramedics. As a podiatrist who has been working with the College of Podiatry and Health Education England on national workforce transformation projects in podiatry, I have seen first-hand her extraordinary commitment to finding solutions that bring about real and lasting change. Helen’s career is testament to the multidisciplinary approach and broad range of transferable skills evident in so many podiatrists. I welcome her appointment and the opportunity it brings for increased collaboration between the two organisations.”  

 
 

The Falls Response Governance Framework for NHS Ambulance Trusts is Published

20/10/2020


The Falls Response Governance Framework for NHS Ambulance Trusts document has been developed with input from NHS ambulance trusts and members of the National Falls Prevention Coordination Group (NFPCG). The purpose of this document is to outline a national ambulance service approach in response to people who have fallen to ensure that they receive appropriate care, treatment and access to falls prevention services, and when safe to do so, avoid conveyance to hospital emergency departments. It describes the underpinning principles and clinical governance for providing responsive, compassionate and person-centred services for people who have fallen or who are at risk of falling.

The framework intends to:
Articulate how ambulance trusts and partners in the health, social care and the voluntary sector respond to people who have fallen
Provide clarity on roles and responsibilities of ambulance trusts in relation to falls and falls prevention
Describe how ambulance trusts can have the greatest impact on falls and fractures
Support collaboration and interoperability between health systems
Meet the needs of people who have fallen using a system wide approach to falls and falls prevention
Recognise that a system-wide approach to falls is needed

To download the document click here: 
www.aace.org.uk/resources/falls-response-governance-framework-for-nhs-ambulance-trusts/ 

 

Becoming an Ally

20/10/2020


James Bridge, Member of the College of Paramedics, Diversity Steering Group
In 2018, Prof. Tendayi Achiume a special rapporteur on racism for the United nations said, “The harsh reality is race, ethnicity, religion, gender, disability status and related categories all continue to determine the life chances and well-being of people in Britain in ways that are unacceptable and in many cases unlawful…” Addressing these issues will take a massive concerted effort from the entire population of the UK, and the voices of BAME allies, especially those in a privileged position, will be invaluable in helping to irradicate this disease-like problem.

What is a BAME Ally?

An ally is someone who actively promotes the culture of inclusion. An ally recognises that, with their own privileges, they can and want to make a concerted effort to understand the obstacles marginalised groups face. Further, an ally is an individual that is actively vocal in defending the rights of a BAME individual and is anti-racist.

What is anti-racism?

To be an ally, it could be argued that it is not enough to not be racist in the current times. One must be anti-racist. “In a racist society, it is not enough to be non-racist, we must be anti-racist.” - Angela Y. Davis. This is to speak out against micro-aggressions in the workplace or social situations, to counter words and actions of hate and ignorance towards BAME individuals. The best method of approaching this topic with others is to not be confrontational, an appropriate method could be as simple as politely informing family members that it should be known as the 'corner shop' rather than a racially provoking term, and why that provoking term is no longer acceptable.

A key aspect of being an ally is to educate oneself from the experiences of BAME individuals. Two highly recommended books that would serve as a starting point into the subject are:
1. 'How To Be an Antiracist' by Ibram X. Kendi
2. 'So You Want to Talk About Race' by Ijeoma Oluo


'Explaining Privilege in a minute' by Allison Holker, is a quick but fantastic and hard-hitting explanation of what privilege is.

It has been said that “Being an ally is not a full-time job, but it is something you should always be mindful of…” – Stephen Parkinson of Kingsley Napley.
It is also not a badge you wear without any action, it is your way of recognising the difference you can make and then acting on it.

Challenge your unconscious bias

Higher Education is a space of white privilege. Many recognise this, but often those who benefit the most from this privilege do not. Research has found that often those who are already aware of and recognise their own unconscious bias are the ones that take training and resources seriously around this. Those who actively believe that they do not have any unconscious bias appear to pay less attention to training and information [1]. If you believe that you do not have an unconscious bias: think again. Learn more about your privilege, and do your best to learn how to best use it to help the BAME community, including unconscious bias training.

  • Race equality in the UK will potentially bring a £24 billion per year boost to the UK economy.
  • Organisations with more diverse teams have 33 per cent better financial returns. Only one in 16 people at senior levels in the private and public sector are from a BAME background.
  • Only 33 per cent of employees stated that they have a senior level champion for diversity and inclusion in their workplaces.

References:
Race - Capability Not Ethnicity
[1] Kent University, Equality and Diversity and Inclusivity (EDI) Report


Bo Escritt, College of Paramedics Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Advisor
"Becoming anti-racist is a lifelong journey of learning and conscious action. People often ask me to give them an example of allyship. I show them this clip of David Bowie showing allyship." 

David Bowie asking MTV "Why are so few black artists are featured?"

David Bowie nailed systemic racism and white privilege in the music industry – almost 40 years ago
Bo also recommends: Talking About Race
Start following Bo Escritt (@BoEscritt) for many further recommendations.

 

Imogen Carter, College of Paramedics Executive Officer
"I am Imogen, paramedic since 2001, College of Paramedic member almost as long, employed by the College since 2015. Here are some insights into my personal experiences and useful resources, I would like to share with you." 

BBC Bitesize has some gems in their support section that I have benefited from, short and clear - psychologist John Amaechi talks about the difference between being not racist and anti-racist. BBC Bitesize - Not racist v anti-racist: what’s the difference?

Racist / not racist / anti-racist
I am an unconscious racist - I have no guilt about this now I’ve admitted it to myself and others.
I am consciously not racist - This has been me since I can remember.
I have had lots, but not sufficient, moments of being an anti-racist - Each day my knowledge and actions will take me ever closer to this being what I always am.

Robin DiAngelo's opinion on - Racist / not racist / anti-racist Why “I’m not racist” is only half the story

“The beauty of anti-racism is that you don’t have to pretend to be free of racism to be anti-racist. Anti-racism is the commitment to fight racism wherever you find it, including in yourself. And it’s the only way forward.” Ijeoma Oluo

 
Tanoh Asamoah-Danso - Paramedic with East of England Ambulance Service

Click to watch Tanoh Asamoah-Danso's video

Your colleague and mine, Tanoh Asamoah-Danso, 
has 3 recommended actions, for me and others:
1.  Acknowledge white privilege
2.  Do some of your own research
3.  Let's talk about race


BBC podcasts:

Code-Switching - Lucrece Grehoua


Word of Mouth - The language of power and inequality in education and leadership - Jeffrey Boakye


Desert Island Discs - Bernardine Evaristo  


The Spark - Pragya Agarwal on unconscious bias

Tracy Nicholls, College of Paramedics, Chief Executive
The College of Paramedics is committed to being an anti-racist organisation. We need to understand the challenges, barriers and opportunities that exist and to encourage and support those members from BAME backgrounds to take an interest in the College and to put themselves forward when opportunities arise. To have a more diverse representation throughout the College will bring a richness to the future of our profession and will eventually reflect better the communities we serve.

Kieran Robinson Successfully Completed His Scholarship at The Healthcare Leadership Academy

20/10/2020

 

Healthcare Leadership Academy

Kieran Robinson MCPara, paramedic at Welwyn Garden City, has successfully completed his 2019-2020 scholarship at The Healthcare Leadership Academy (HLA).

Talking about his time at the academy, Kieran said “My time as a scholar with the HLA has helped me develop several key leadership skills and I have learned how to apply them in practical ways within the workplace. My work with the HLA has also allowed me to apply for fellowship (level 7) of the Institute of Leadership and Management. Going forward, I have been successful in gaining the role of Assistant Cohort Director and now run my own cohort of Scholars. I am the only paramedic to have completed the program so far and I’m looking to increase our representation within the HLA. I would encourage anyone interested in getting involved to contact me at Kieran.robinson@eastamb.nhs.uk or on twitter @Kieran_Robinson. Please note Scholars must be either a registered paramedic or on a student pathway to become one.

The HLA works with multidisciplinary healthcare professionals and students to develop our healthcare leaders of the future. Completing a scholarship involves a challenging combination of project work and personal development.”


Johann Malawana, Director of The HLA, said:

“We are immensely proud of all our graduating scholars this year. In healthcare, we need leaders who inspire, listen and care. The HLA supports our scholars through their whole careers to ensure all our societies have the healthcare systems needed to look after their populations.

We want a world that is prepared for future crises, and The HLA will continue to support individuals as they support their communities."

The HLA is approved by The Institute of Leadership & Management, is a certified member of Social Enterprises UK, is proudly sponsored by The MDU, commissioned by Health Education England North East and Health Education England South West, partners with and through Medics.Academy its programme is accredited by the Medical School at the University of Central Lancashire. The programme is supported by University College London’s Academic Careers Office.


You can see Kieran’s project report video here: Inter-professional working between the Ambulance and local GP practices - Kieran Robinson & Alex Lee

Health and Care Professions Council Corporate Strategy Consultation

19/10/2020


The regulator of all paramedics, the HCPC has opened a consolation on their corporate strategy. You may read it by following the link HCPC Corporate Strategy and of course whilst The College will formally respond, you may wish to also contribute to this important document.

Three key areas are under scrutiny

  1. REGULATION
  2. LEARNING
  3. PREVENTION

 

Four values are under scrutiny

  1. FAIR                              being honest, open and transparent
  2. COMPASSIONATE       treating people with respect, empathy and care
  3. INCLUSIVE                   treating people with respect, empathy and care
  4. ENTERPRISING           treating people with respect, empathy and care

 

They are also proposing six strategies in relation to this

  1. Continuously improve and innovate
  2. Promote high quality professional practice
  3. Promote the value of regulation
  4. Develop insight and exert influence
  5. Build a resilient, healthy, capable and sustainable organisation
  6. Be visible, engaged and informed

Proposals for More Efficient and Responsive Access to Medicines for Patients 

19/10/2020


A consultation on amending the list of medicines that paramedics can administer in emergency situations using exemptions is now open. The consultation for this proposal, and several others related to other professions will run for eight weeks and close on 10th December 2020. The consultation documents and information about online engagement events are published on the NHS England website and can be found at: 
www.england.nhs.uk/medicines-2/chief-professions-officers-medicines-mechanisms-programme/


Cruse Bereavement Charity 

19/10/2020

 

In 2018-19 the College of Paramedics partnered with Cruse ‘You Behind the Uniform’ project to deliver a number of face to face CPD training events dealing with loss and bereavement. This project has now ended, but the charity continues to offer resources to all paramedics and healthcare workers as well as the general public, as follows:

  • The Cruse Helpline has longer opening hours – 9.30am until 8pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and 10am to 2pm at the weekend.
  • There is an updated website with a large section dedicated to coronavirus Corona virus pages
  • An online chat function can be accessed from the website and available 9am - 9pm weekdays.
  • All booklets and leaflets are available to download including the signposting pack that was part of the You Be U training signposting pack
  • All support is delivered remotely – mainly by phone, but on occasion by Zoom.
  • All training is now delivered in a webinar format. The standard webinar has been adapted from a 1 day classroom workshop and last for 2.5 hours.  To find out more about training webinars, please visit the website Cruse training for further details.

 

Spotting the Sick Child Website Relaunched 

19/10/2020

 

A learning resource that helps healthcare professionals assess acutely sick children has been updated by a team of expert clinicians to ensure its relevance to today's clinical practice. 
 
Spotting the Sick Child, which is developed by the Department for Health and Social Care and commissioned by Health Education England, features an interactive tool to improve healthcare professionals’ skills in identifying children with serious illness and learning the basics of how to assess children of all ages using clinical footage and evidence-based materials. 
 
The resource is aimed at a range of colleagues including GPs, nurses and health visitors and was developed in response to anxiety over assessing children, as they need a different approach to adults. Spotting the Sick Child’s newly improved website now features additional resources including real life case studies and extensive video footage of real patients. 
 
The website, which is hosted by Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare, also includes: 
Symptoms: learn to assess seven common symptoms 
My Waiting Room: test yourself on real patients at your own pace 
My Learning: customise your own learning environment and track your progress 
 
Learners will receive a certificate once they complete the course and the resource can be used as a teaching material for others.  
For more information and to access this resource, please visit: www.spottingthesickchild.com

 

 

The Angel of Platform 6 - Lt. Abbie Sweetwine

14/10/2020

 

There are many heroes associated with the Harrow and Wealdstone rail crash of 1952. Many medics, rail staff, passers-by and passengers stepped forward to offer any help they could in what turned out to be the worst peacetime rail accident in British history.

And none more so than Lieutenant Abbie Sweetwine, a black American nurse who became known as 'The Angel of Platform 6'.

Sweetwine, a nurse with the US Air Force 494th Medical Group, based at RAF Northolt rushed to the disaster site along with the rest of her unit which consisted of seven doctors.

On arrival, what they saw was a scene of total and utter carnage. In the heavy morning fog on October 8 1952, three trains had collided, killing 112 people and injuring a further 340.

With no time to waste, the team set up a triage station on an undamaged platform and, along with British doctors, began treating the injured.

While doctors concentrated on stabilizing patients before they were transported to hospital, Sweetwine managed the triage process, identifying the most serious cases for immediate treatment, including blood plasma. She also handed out cigarettes, tea, and offered words of comfort to those injured and traumatised.

What set her apart that day, however, was the seemingly simple act of labelling patients with her lipstick; those who’d had morphine were marked with an ‘M’ while those still in need of treatment were marked with an ‘X’. This enabled ambulances and hospital staff to distinguish those who had received treatment, thus avoiding overdoses and expediting care for the most serious cases.

Admittedly, none of these triage concepts were new, but as writer John Bull from London Reconnections put it, “[This event] represented the first time that these concepts, baptized in the fire and horrors of WW2, were publicly used in full force in a civilian setting.”
He goes on to state that this lesson wasn’t lost on Britain’s health and emergency services, “…it marked the point at which the British medical establishment acknowledged that focusing solely on getting the victim to hospital as quickly as possible wasn’t the answer. The life-saving work of the American medical team served as clear and demonstrable proof that ambulances shouldn’t just be about ‘scoop and run’ – there was a time and a need for ‘stay and play’.”

https://www.airforcemedicine.af.mil/News/Article/649564/history-remembers-lt-abbie-sweetwine-the-angel-of-platform-6/

And while there’s no doubt that Sweetwine’s actions, expertise and professionalism saved countless lives on that tragic day in October, perhaps what’s even more important is that her involvement served to undermine racist notions that black, and indeed non-white people in general were any less capable at succeeding in demanding jobs.

She retired at the rank of Major and died on March 7 2009, aged 87.

https://harrowonline.org/2016/06/29/heroism-and-tragedy-the-harrow-and-wealdstone-rail-crash/

Air Force Medical Service Art, Photo by: AFSG Public Affairs - History Remembers Lt Abbie Sweetwine, 'The Angel of Platform 6'
More details available at Air Force Medical Service Art.

The Health and Care Professional Council Celebrates Allied Health Professional Heroes

14/10/2020


The Health and Care Professional Council (HCPC) is today supporting Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) day, aimed at improving awareness of the Allied Health Professions. During the Covid-19 pandemic, over 27,000 Health and Care Professionals, including many AHPs, were added to the HCPC’s temporary register, demonstrating the vital role played by health and care professions in keeping the public safe.

AHPs day is a chance to recognise and increase understanding of what the term Allied Health Professional actually means across the UK. As the regulator of Allied Health Professions, including Podiatry, Paramedics and Occupational Therapists, the HCPC hopes to encourage more people to consider becoming AHPs and joining their register.

John Barwick, Chief Executive of the HCPC comments:

“COVID-19 has increased awareness of the wide variety of professionals who work in the UK’s health and care sector. That’s why it’s particularly important that on this AHPs Day, we celebrate the Allied Health Professionals who make such a vital contribution to maintaining the health of the UK, on a daily basis."

“During the current crisis, we’ve seen and heard from professionals who have developed new ways of practising and learned new skills. We are encouraged by the way in which our registrants have risen to the challenges presented, and hope this will encourage others to consider taking on an AHP role.”

Occupational Therapist, Christana Akinremi, commented on how her work has been impacted by COVID-19, and her determination to ensure patients still received the best care:  

“When I look back over the last few months and think about what kept me going, it was mostly knowing that I am helping patients and providing them with the care they need. In the peak of the pandemic, usual visits had to continue and we were still seeing non-COVID patients. The care for them did not cease."

“At times, it felt like everything was about COVID-19 and sometimes it still feels that way, even as we are stepping into the ‘new normal’. However, there are still patients that have disabilities and conditions that are limiting them and we can’t forget that.”

Across all four nations of the UK, HCPC will support AHPs being celebrated in a variety of ways. In Scotland for example, AHPs are introducing a new theme for the day which focuses on ‘connecting with others’, featuring conversations with AHPs. In Wales, Kellie Green, HCPC’s Professionalism and Upstream Regulation lead, will be taking part in a webinar for the AHP Festival Wales. Kellie will be speaking about the challenges of meeting professional standards during a pandemic, how some professionals have adapted their practice and the support that remains available for HCPC registrants. Additionally, in Northern Ireland, last month Health Minister Robin Swann highlighted the importance of AHPs by announcing 16 extra Allied Health Professional student places for 2020.

What a way to start 2021!
Collaborative PhD Opportunity!

13/10/2020

 

Are you ready to do your PhD?

The College of Paramedics in collaboration with the Paramedic Clinical Research Unit (ParaCRU) at the University of Hertfordshire are offering a 3 year full time studentship opportunity starting January 2021.

All fees paid and a tax free stipend of £15250 pa plus £5000 per year research costs.

Enquiries in the first instance to Professor Julia Williams

Julia.williams@collegeofparamedics.co.uk

Closing date: December 6th 2020

 

Her Majesty the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2020

13/10/2020

 

The College of Paramedics congratulates ambulance services personnel who have been awarded the Queen's Ambulance Medal in Birthday Honours List announced on 10 October 2020:

QAM (England and Wales)

Ian Price, Emergency Medical Technician, Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust.

Richard Marlow, Paramedic, South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, and Lead Manager, HEMS.

Paul Henry, Operational Leadership, East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust.

QAM (Scotland)

John Burnham, Associate Director of Care Quality and Professional Development, Scottish Ambulance Service.

QAM (Northern Ireland)

Elizabeth (Laura) Coulter, Ambulance Service Area Manager, Northern Ireland Ambulance Service Health and Social Care Trust.

Your Flu Jab is More Important than Ever this Year

13/10/2020

 

Your Flu Jab is More Important than Ever this Year

This year, with the added risk of COVID-19 it’s more important than ever to get the flu jab and protect yourselves, your families and patients from getting the flu. That’s the key message being driven home by the health and social care service’s most senior clinicians to frontline healthcare workers this week. As the first vaccine deliveries begin to reach local employers, hospitals and other local NHS organisations across England will start running drop-in clinics and promotional activity in a bid to ensure that every single eligible member of staff is able to get the flu jab this year.

On average, flu kills over 11,000 people each year – some years this number is much higher – and it hospitalises many more. Healthcare workers are at an increased risk of contracting flu and it’s very easy to pass on the virus without knowing. For those patients who are most vulnerable including young children, pregnant women and the elderly flu can have serious and even fatal consequences which is why vaccination of healthcare workers is a critical part of the NHS’s flu prevention strategy. Research suggests that a 10% increase in NHS staff vaccination reduces healthcare worker sickness absence by about 10%.

Chief Allied Health Professions Officer Suzanne Rastrick said: “Each year we ask our colleagues to protect themselves, their families and their patients by taking up the free flu jab, and every year more and more do - but this year, with the added risk of COVID-19, the call is more important than ever.

“If you’re a frontline health or care professional, getting your flu jab is the most effective way to protect yourself and those you care for from what can be a serious and even fatal illness’’. 

Freedom House Ambulance Service

12/10/2020

 

Have you got your copy of Nancy Caroline’s Emergency Care in the Streets? Of course, you have!

But did you know that in the late 1960s and 1970s, in Pittsburgh’s mostly black Hill District, Dr Caroline, Dr Peter Safer and former ambulance driver Phil Hallen were responsible for setting up Freedom House Ambulance Service, the city’s first mobile emergency medicine program which later became a national model for emergency medical transport and care?

At the time, Pittsburgh, like most US cities was segregated by race. It also had a lot of unemployment and poverty. And something else that was notable was the lack of pre-hospital care, not just for black people but for everyone. Ambulances existed but they were privatised, and if someone needed emergency medical treatment it was either the police, fire department or local funeral home that took them to hospital.

In founding Freedom House, Doctors Caroline and Safer, and Hallen came up with a solution not only to provide a much-needed service but also to create jobs for ‘unemployable’ black Americans by training them to become some of the world’s first paramedics.

Under the guidance of Dr Safer, 25 men were initially recruited from the Hill District and were trained in anatomy, physiology, CPR, advanced First Aid, nursing and defensive driving.

The service was rolled out with two ambulances in 1968, and by the end of the first 12 months these new paramedics, who became known for their high standard of care, had responded to almost 5,800 callouts and transported more than 4,600 patients to hospital. More importantly, they had saved 200 lives in the first year alone.

https://99percentinvisible.org/episode/freedom-house-ambulance-service/

Yet as the service grew and its reputation flourished, many locals began to wonder why the predominantly black community of the Hill District was receiving better care than them. It was only a matter of time before their disquiet reached Pittsburgh City Hall which eventually slashed Freedom House’s budget in half and passed an ordinance that banned ambulances from using their sirens in certain areas, thus slowing down their response times. The final nail in the coffin for Freedom House came in 1975 when the city’s mayor, Pete Flaherty announced that the city would launch its own new paramedic service which would be showered with the resources Freedom House had long been denied. More significantly, of the 25 Freedom House employees who joined the city ambulance service, only half remained in the new service a year later. Ultimately, only five remained with the city ambulance service, and only one was promoted into a leadership position.

**The paper below discusses Safar and Caroline’s well-intentioned efforts in developing this novel program, while confronting the racial, social, and structural constraints on the program and the limits of racial liberalism. https://academic.oup.com/jhmas/articleabstract/74/4/440/5570893

Watch more here: trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHUA0E3KYgA

Read more here: https://twitter.com/FreedomHouseDoc and look forward to an article on Freedom House in the December edition of Paramedic INSIGHT.



John Moon, former Freedom House paramedic. Provided by Harvard University.

Have Your Say...

Practice Guidance for Paramedic Independent and Supplementary Prescribers

01/10/2020

 

You are invited to have your say on the College of Paramedics Practice Guidance for Paramedic Independent and Supplementary Prescribers which is due for review and updating. 
 
This Practice Guidance provides information that underpins the decision-making and actions of paramedics who are annotated with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as independent and supplementary* prescribers.   
  
This document provides ‘guidance.’ In this sense, guidance is information that a paramedic has a duty to consider and is expected to take into account as part of their decision-making process. The document provides advice on the behaviours and conduct expected of paramedics who are annotated on the HCPC register as independent and supplementary prescribers. Throughout this document, the use of the word ‘must’ indicates a legal and/or regulatory requirement and describes a mandatory action and/or behaviour. The use of the word ‘should’ indicates behaviours and/or actions that would be expected to occur in all normal circumstances. Each section of this guidance carries equal weight and the document is not ordered in any priority. 
  
If a paramedic independent prescriber deviates from the guidance in this document, the clinical judgment for so doing should be carefully recorded. You should comply with this Practice Guidance, other guidance issued by the College of Paramedics, and with any statutory requirements applicable to your prescribing practice. Failure to do so may put your HCPC registration at risk if concerns are raised about your fitness to practise. A paramedic independent prescriber will be expected to justify any decision to act outside the terms of this guidance. In particular, if the paramedic undertakes a course of action not recommended by this guidance there must be robust reasons for doing so. 
  
Your views are important to us and we welcome your comments, suggestions or any amendments relating to the content of the guidance by 31st October 2020 at the latest.  
 
We ask that you submit your comments confirming your Name, Email Address and College of Paramedics Membership Number directly to Helen Lumber who is coordinating the response on behalf of David Rovardi and Andy Collen. Helen can be contacted via email at Helen.Lumber@collegeofparamedics.co.uk 

Please could you assist us by ensuring that your teams are aware of this opportunity to have their say; particularly colleagues who don’t routinely have access to emails or the web page. 
Thank you in advance for your valuable feedback. 
 
 

 

Paramedic Megan Williams receives Women & Leadership International bursary 

22/09/2020

 

Last September, we told you that Women & Leadership International (WLI) were offering UK female health workers the chance to attend their Leading Edge leadership development program on a scholarship basis.  It meant that whoever proved successful in their application would receive significant funding towards the £2500 tuition fees.

Step forward Megan Williams, a 28 year old paramedic with South East Coast Ambulance Service who completed the course in July whilst working continuously throughout the pandemic.
Megan said: “It was definitely difficult at times when things were ramping up at work but I’m so glad I stuck with the program. Because I have to operate as a clinical leader on scene I thought that if I improved my leadership skills not only would it be beneficial to my crewmates but also to my patients. I now feel like I can communicate better, know how to get the best out of people and have a greater understanding of people’s reactions and behaviours. So, whether I go into management or a more specialised role in the future, I know this course will hold me in good stead for what is to come.”

Delivered part-time, over five months in an online format, Leading Edge aims to equip participants with the knowledge and behavioural insights required for successful leadership.
Attendees can work in any industry but this year, Women & Leadership International were particularly keen to appeal to women working in the health sector.

A spokesperson for WLI said: “This is because even though the workforce of health care workers are mainly women, the senior level of organisations are mainly populated by men. Our aim is to enable pathways and opportunities for women to progress into higher management and leadership levels as a result of participation in these programs.”

 
 

Australasian College of Paramedicine International Conference 2020 (ACPIC20)

21st – 23rd October, ONLINE

1/10/2020

 

The Australasian College of Paramedics is pleased to offer members of the UK College of Paramedics a special “mates rate” offer for our upcoming conference.  

The conference includes an exciting and comprehensive program featuring over 50 speakers and over 35 sessions covering a range of topical issues.

Sessions you can look forward to include:

  • The Lessons Learned from the Whakaari White Island Eruption
  • From Mud to Mars: Paramedics in Space
  • Global Pandemic International Panel Discussion
  • The Yellow Wiggle Patient Experience

Visit the website to see the full program schedule.

Catch up on missed sessions
Want to attend but can’t stay up all night? Your exclusive access to the event platform will remain active for two months post conference. This means you can go back and watch session recordings as well as interact with speakers and other attendees.

Don’t miss out - secure your ticket to Australia’s first major virtual conference for paramedics.


Special offer for UK College members: £32*
* Please ensure you use the email address associated with your UK College membership as email addresses will be verified with the UK College. You will be charged 58 Australian Dollars so please note that your bank or credit card may apply a currency exchange fee.

 

The College of Paramedics receives funding from CHSA to provide care for paramedics with complex mental health needs 

17/09/2020

 

The College of Paramedics is delighted to inform its members that it has received a grant from CHSA (Covid-19 Healthcare Support Appeal) to develop a service to provide specialist mental health interventions for its members, and paramedics with the most complex mental health needs. CHSA is a time-limited charity, making grants to organisations helping frontline healthcare workers affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. It is a subsidiary of the RCN Foundation and has been funded through an incredibly generous gift of £5 million from TikTok, the video-sharing social network service. The gift recognises that health and care staff are at the forefront of the fight against Covid-19 and may need financial or psychological support as a result.

This grant means that working with the NHS Practitioner Health service and The Ambulance Staff Charity, a service can now be developed to meet the needs of paramedics with the most serious and complex mental health problems, when other services and intervention cannot meet their needs. The long established NHS Practitioner Health service, originally setup as a confidential NHS service for doctors and dentists, has considerable experience of treating regulated healthcare professionals for their most complex mental health needs. What makes its service unique is that it does this, cognisant of professional ethics, conduct and responsibility requirements, and provides separation and confidentiality from the mainstream NHS services. 

We are delighted therefore to now be developing a service, together with setting-up an evaluation to understand the benefits and impact, of providing specialist intervention services for our paramedic colleagues who are experiencing major difficulties with their mental health. This tripartite relationship includes The Ambulance Staff Charity (TASC) and will enable more paramedics to get the vital help that they need. 

David Davis, College of Paramedics Joint Mental Health Lead and Chair of the Paramedic Mental Health and Wellbeing Steering Group said:
'This is a very exciting development for two reasons. Firstly, because it allows us to start answering unmet need amongst the profession and secondly, because it shows how our fellow professions recognise the immense psychological pressures facing paramedics throughout their careers.  We know that rates of suicide and PTSD, alongside other mental ill health plagues our sector at levels much higher than in the general population and this is an important step in addressing these issues.'


Prof Jane Cummings CBE, former Chief Nursing Officer for England, who is Chair of the RCNF and trustee of CHSA said:
'We are very pleased indeed to have been able to  fund the College of Paramedics and alongside it The Ambulance Staff Charity to provide mental health interventions to this important group of professionals. COVID-19 has placed immense pressure on all health and care professions and paramedics have been at the forefront of healthcare delivery in some of the most challenging conditions. We look forward to working with the College in providing care and developing knowledge in this important area.’

Clare Gerada MBE, Medical Director of NHS Practitioner Health said:
'I have been worried about paramedic mental health for some time and have real concerns about the day to day pressures that this special group of professionals face in their clinical practice. I look forward to working with David and the team at the College of Paramedics in delivering care for this wonderful profession.'

The funding will also pay for a new part time role within the College of Paramedics to maintain these vital relationships, collaborate with all stakeholders, including the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives and provide leadership for the development and implementation of the service, together with ensuring robust evaluation and appropriate triage and referral of potential paramedic patients.

 
 

New measures introduced in England to improve patient care ahead of winter  

17/09/2020

 

1. Additional £150 million capital funding to expand and upgrade 25 more A&Es to reduce overcrowding and improve infection control ahead of winter
2. NHS 111 piloted as ‘front door’ for urgent care so patients can access the right service and avoid unnecessary visits to Emergency Departments
3. Consultation to launch on A&E performance measurements to ensure they reflect modern emergency care and deliver what patients need
 
A&Es in 25 hospitals across England will receive an additional £150 million to expand and upgrade, ensuring they have the physical space to treat patients, manage patient flow and improve infection control, the Health Secretary Matt Hancock has announced today.
 
This is in addition to the £300 million announced recently for 117 Trusts to upgrade their facilities, meaning the Government has now invested £450 million to upgrade A&Es this winter. 
 
The funding will expand waiting areas and increase the number of treatment cubicles, helping boost A&E capacity by providing additional space and reducing overcrowding. Projects will be completed by the start of next year so hospitals benefit from the upgrades during the peak of winter.
 
Alongside this, a new offer to patients is being piloted in Trusts across England, with NHS 111 being the first point of contact for accessing urgent medical care. 
 
To ensure patients get the right care in the right place and avoid unnecessary visits to Emergency Departments, NHS 111 will build on its role during the pandemic to direct patients to the most clinically appropriate service, including Emergency Departments, an Urgent Treatment Centre, a GP or mental health professional.
 
Based on what works best during the pilots, this approach will be rolled out to all Trusts from December this year. 
 
Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said:
 
“We are investing £450 million to make sure our A&E departments are ready for winter. Hospitals around the country will be able to expand and upgrade to ensure they can continue safely treating patients in the coming months.
 
“During the peak of the pandemic we saw millions of people using NHS 111 to get the best possible advice on Covid-19, and other urgent NHS services. These pilots will build on this and test whether we can deliver quicker access to the right care, provide a better service for the public and ensure our dedicated NHS staff aren’t overwhelmed.
 
“We all need to play our part by washing our hands regularly, using a face covering and keeping our distance from those not in our household. We are determined to protect the NHS as we did during the peak.”
 
NHS 111 will also book appointments for patients with the appropriate service to cut out unnecessary queueing and ensure they get the right care first time. This will be safer and more convenient for patients as it will reduce the amount of time spent in waiting rooms.
 
Those facing a life-threatening emergency should continue to dial 999 immediately. If someone is unsure how serious a condition is then NHS 111 can offer advice and if necessary, dispatch an ambulance. 
 
To support this expansion the NHS is investing £24 million to increase 111 call handling capacity and will have more clinicians on hand to provide expert advice and guidance.
 
Each year there are 14.4 million A&E attendances in England that arrive without referral by 111, a GP or in an ambulance, as well as 2.1 million attendances that don’t result in any admission or treatment. Reducing this unnecessary use of Emergency Departments will ease the pressure on the NHS this winter and reduce transmission of Covid-19. 
 
Dr Katherine Henderson, President of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, said:
 
“Expansion of NHS 111 will help patients to be seen more quickly by the service most appropriate to their needs. We are pleased to have reached the consultation phase of how A&E performance is measured with a focus on the safe, timely care of the very sickest patients, and look forward to the publication of the proposals. 
 
“A further boost to capital funding to help redevelop our most challenged Emergency Departments is very welcome and vital to help ensure social distancing and reduce the spread of infection. Crowding must be eliminated from Emergency Departments – now more than ever – and this is a helpful step towards tackling that problem.”

 
The pandemic has shown NHS 111 can play a more prominent role in triaging patients to make sure they get the right care, first time round. 
 
As winter approaches and we continue to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic, these additional measures will help to reduce overcrowding in A&E, protecting both staff and patients and making the NHS as safe as possible.  
 
If a patient without a life-threatening condition in the pilot areas arrives at an A&E department without contacting NHS 111, they will continue to be given the assistance they need, but may end up waiting longer than patients with similar health issues who booked an appointment through NHS 111.
 
A public communications campaign ‘Help Us Help You’ will also launch later this year to direct people to the right NHS service. 
 
Alongside this, NHS England has been exploring whether improvements could be made to emergency care performance measures as part of its ongoing clinically-led review, which has also considered how to accurately measure performance while the service meets the continuing challenges of Covid-19.
 
Before December a consultation will be launched on standards to ensure they reflect modern emergency care and deliver what patients need. The existing standards remain in place and – if any updates are subsequently made – this will only be on the basis of strong evidence and after thorough consultation.

 

Leaders Plus Fellowship 

Apply now for the award winning Leaders Plus Fellowship Programme! 

14/09/2020

 

Are you expecting a baby, currently on maternity or shared parental leave, have recently returned to work or have children who are in primary school? If yes, then apply for the Leaders Plus Fellowship Programme!

The Leaders Plus Fellowship is a 9 month programme enabling parents with babies and young children to accelerate their careers whilst still enjoying their young families. Fellows have access to training, workshops, top mentors, a great support network and a host of events. We work with individuals during maternity leave, shared paternity leave and beyond to progress in their careers whilst enjoying their young families. Too often parents feel they have to choose between being good parents and a fulfilling leadership career. We exist to change this!

You can find out more here or schedule a call with our CEO Verena Hefti to see if the programme is right for you.

Additionally, The Royal College of Emergency Medicine has agreed to part sponsor three places on our programme – The RCEM will pay £1850 plus VAT towards a Fellowship Place for three people. This will leave the individual £1100 plus VAT to pay. For further information please visit http://bit.ly/RCEMPLACES

 

The College of Paramedics Signs a MoU with the Australasian College of Paramedicine

10/09/2020

 

Today, we are delighted to announce that the College of Paramedics and the Australasian College of Paramedicine have entered into a landmark agreement to work together in order to advance the paramedic profession by learning from, and providing support to one another in the pursuit of excellent, evidence-based paramedic practice.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed by Tracy Nicholls, Chief Executive of the College of Paramedics and John Bruning, Chief Executive of the Australasian College of
Paramedicine.

Under this MoU, collaboration between the two organisations will focus on exchanging expertise and information relating to paramedic practice at a global level. The agreement will also ensure a collective approach to promoting research, education and continuing professional development within the paramedic profession, which in turn will further enhance the patient care provided by paramedics.

Tracy Nicholls, CEO of the College of Paramedics, said: “This MoU marks a new chapter for both colleges and one which will benefit paramedics across Australia, New Zealand and the UK.  We have worked with our counterparts in Australasia for several years and this arrangement extends and formalises those already excellent relationships and exchange of ideas and information.”

John Bruning, CEO of the Australasian College of Paramedicine, said: “The paramedic profession in the UK and Australia/ New Zealand is remarkably similar. This leads to a natural synergy between both colleges in the way we advocate for, support and progress paramedic practice in our countries.  We are excited to collaborate and share ideas across paramedic education, research, support and advocacy, and learn from each other’s strengths to enhance the outcomes both colleges deliver for our members and the profession as a whole.”

 
 

Advanced Practice and Regulation

The HCPC launch a project to look at Advanced Practice and regulation

8/09/2020

 

We would like to invite all registrants to take part in this HCPC supported survey exploring Advanced Practice that can be accessed at https://bradford.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/hcpc-adv-prac-survey. The survey is open to all HCPC registrants but with a particular focus on those who identify as working at the level of advanced or consultant practice (including trainees) or have an interest, or aspiration, to work in advanced practice. We are also keen to receive responses from those registrants who manage services which involve advanced or consultant practitioners. Your responses will assist the HCPC in their consideration as to whether regulatory changes in relation to advanced practice are necessary in order to carry out their primary function; to protect the public. The closing date for participating in this survey is 12 noon on Friday 25th September 2020. It will only take 5-10 minutes to complete so please don’t delay if you want your opinion to contribute to this important topic. 

If you have any further questions about this survey please contact Professor Maryann Hardy (M.L.Hardy1@bradford.ac.uk), the lead investigator for this project. 

 


The aims of the project are to identify any regulatory challenges and any risks presented by registrants’ advancing their practice, and how the HCPC should respond to these to ensure public protection and to support our registrants’ professionalism/good practice. More information here

 

Join us on this zoom event: Ensuring Equity in care for BME communities: 10-1130, Tuesday 8th September

1/09/2020

 

Join us on this zoom event: Ensuring Equity in care for BME communities: 10-1130, Tuesday 8th September.

The College of Paramedics is working with AACE and the National Ambulance BME Forum on this zoom conversation, for all ambulance service staff, about ensuring equity in clinical care provision for BME communities and patients. Islam Faqir, the College Diversity Steering Group Chair and Matondo Manzeninga, also of the Diversity Steering Group, will both be contributing and it will be a good chance to hear Lord Victor Adebowale, Chair of the NHS Confederation, speak. 

 
 

The National Ambulance Diversity Forum is supporting the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives to gather feedback regarding uniform

27/08/2020

 

The National Ambulance Diversity Forum is supporting the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives to gather feedback regarding uniform for our staff ahead of a national procurement arrangement. They would like to understand the needs of staff to ensure there are inclusive options included which meet their requirements. Here is a short survey to gather feedback from ambulance staff, in order for the national procurement to consider the needs of all those who wear uniform with the ambulance service, including requirements for those of who have protected characteristics such as people who are pregnant, religious wear, staff identifying as trans, staff with disabilities or those with other specific needs. https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/RB658DL 

 

A Note of Appreciation

27/08/2020

 

Occupational therapist Kate Guy has been in touch to say a huge ‘thank you’ to paramedics for the ‘invaluable’ information they provide on patients who are admitted to hospital.

Recently, Kate was assigned a locum position as an occupational therapist at St Richards Hospital in Chichester where she says she, physiotherapists and doctors came to greatly rely on the patient information paramedics supplied.

She said: “As an Allied Health Professional I would like to praise paramedics for the quality of information they retrieve from patients before bringing them in to hospital. This information has proved invaluable time and again, not just on admission but throughout the patient’s entire hospital stay. It offers me, as their occupational therapist not only a comprehensive and pertinent summary of why the patient was admitted to hospital in the first place but also an account of their social situation and medical history.

She added: “The communication skills which paramedics demonstrate on a daily basis are vitally important to the overall care and treatment patients receive. It’s thanks to paramedics, that doctors, physiotherapists and occupational therapists have access to accurate and significant patient information.
“To my mind, it is the best and most useful information a hospital has in reference to patient care and knowledge.”

 

 

New Resources from the National Ambulance LGBT Network 

26/08/2020

 

Informed care is great care
The National Ambulance LGBT Network has two excellent pieces of CPD that are available to all, through their website and through CPDMe. If you complete the CPD before 31 October 2020, access to the certificate will be free. The resources they have put together are easy to access and will provide a sound understanding of the best approach when dealing with people.

The Ambulance Service Trans Toolkit 
This professional development resource comprises four books of information. The first three are designed to help you understand the lives of transgender people and then apply this knowledge to patient-facing situations and working with staff who are transitioning. The fourth book is for interest and includes information about transgender people in the media and sport and how transgender people are recognised around the world. More...

Providing Good Care to People Living with HIV
This professional development resource comprises one book which is split into two halves. The first half looks at patient experience and staff knowledge, and the second focusses on updating your knowledge on treatments and best practice. More...

 

New Funding Award Call: COVID-19 and Stroke Grant

26/08/2020

 

The Stroke Association is the UK’s leading stroke charity. For over 30 years the charity has supported stroke research to improve prevention, treatment and care for people affected by stroke.  

Early clinical reports have linked COVID-19 to an increased risk of stroke, which has raised a lot of public and organisational interest and concern. The charity has therefore launched a funding call focused on addressing research questions to understand the potential causal links and mechanisms between COVID-19 and stroke.

The award offers up to £60k over up to 12 months. We welcome grant proposals in data analyses, epidemiological analyses, systematic reviews, basic laboratory science or early developmental/proof of concept studies. We are not expecting to fund new cohort or clinical studies through this funding scheme. You can find out more about eligible research on the Stroke Association website.

The deadline for applications for the charity’s COVID-19 and Stroke Grant Award is 5pm on Monday 19th October. Find out more, and apply on the Stroke Association website.

 
 

Online version of the NHS People Plan 2020/21 now available 

30/07/2020

We are the NHS: People Plan 2020/21 action for us all, along with Our People Promise, the plan sets out what our NHS people can expect from their leaders and from each other.  It builds on the creativity and drive shown by our NHS people in their response, to date, to the COVID-19 pandemic and the interim NHS People Plan. It focuses on how we must all continue to look after each other and foster a culture of inclusion and belonging, as well as take action to grow our workforce, train our people, and work together differently to deliver patient care. This plan sets out practical actions for employers and systems, as well as the actions that NHS England and NHS Improvement and Health Education England will take, over the remainder of 2020/21. It includes specific commitments around:

Looking after our people – with quality health and wellbeing support for everyone
Belonging in the NHS – with a particular focus on tackling the discrimination that some staff face
New ways of working and delivering care – making effective use of the full range of our people’s skills and experience
Growing for the future – how we recruit and keep our people, and welcome back colleagues who want to return

To read the plan in full click here 
www.england.nhs.uk/online-version/ 

#OurNHSPeople #WeAreTheNHS

 

Mental health leave for paramedics in England nearly triples since 2011

28/07/2020

 

A shocking new investigation has revealed that the number of paramedics taking time off because of mental health concerns has almost tripled in the last decade.
Liz Harris, Head of Professional Standards at the College of Paramedics, who was actively involved in assisting with the Guardian newspaper article cited long hours, changes to shift patterns, fatigue and low levels of perceived autonomy amongst the reasons for the startling increase in stress-related leave.

So what’s the solution?
To read the full article go to: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/jul/23/mental-health-leave-for-paramedics-in-england-nearly-triples-since-2011

 
 

College of Paramedics Statement on Spit Kits

22/07/2020

 

In a further bid to support the prosecution of people who assault frontline paramedics and ambulance clinicians East of England Ambulance Service Trust (EEAST) will be introducing spit collection kits onto every patient-facing vehicle in the coming weeks. 

Throughout the coronavirus health crisis, NHS emergency workers have continued to experience unacceptable behaviour from either the people they are treating or friends of the patient.
It is hoped that with the implementation of these new spit kits, samples can be taken immediately under PACE (Police and Criminal Evidence Act) conditions and used as evidence in court prosecutions.

While the College of Paramedics recognises why EEAST has felt the need to launch spit kits, the underlying issue here is the ongoing workplace violence and aggression which paramedics and ambulance clinicians are routinely subjected to. Abuse against emergency workers should not be seen as an occupational hazard. We believe more needs to be done to highlight this increasing and dangerous issue affecting today’s frontline workforce. 

This latest initiative comes two years after a pilot scheme in which 465 ambulances and their paramedics were equipped with body cameras to help protect them from verbal and physical abuse and increase prosecutions.

 

The College welcomes new Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Adviser

22/07/2020

 

The College of Paramedics is delighted to have Bo Escritt start with us this week as EDI Adviser. Bo has many years’ experience as an HR & EDI professional, and has recently worked as National Diversity and Inclusion Lead in the ambulance sector, and advised AACE on diversity and inclusion initiatives. We have only just started on our diversity and inclusion journey and Bo will be invaluable as our guide and adviser. Bo will provide mentorship and support for our Diversity Steering Group but will also advise and support the Board of Trustees and the College staff on achieving sustainable and real change. To read more about the College Diversity Steering Group click here

 

Staff Wellbeing in Ambulance Personnel Survey

22/07/2020

 

Researchers from the University of Lincoln, University of East Anglia and Edge Hill University would like to invite you take part in a survey of ambulance staff mental wellbeing. The survey is open to ALL salaried staff who are employed by any ambulance service NHS Trust.  

This study is being funded by Health Education England (HEE) and all ambulance staff across the UK are being invited to take part. This study involves completing an online survey, in which you will not be asked to give any of your personal information- it will be totally anonymous. We would like you to tell us about your wellbeing and your experience of using mental wellbeing services through your work or other providers. This will include your wellbeing before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. The questions are based on the findings from some interviews which took place with a number of NHS ambulance staff and wellbeing leads in early 2020. We expect this will take you no more than 15mins and you can come back to the survey at any time.  

If you have any further questions please contact either:  

Viet-Hai Phung on VPhung@lincoln.ac.uk or  
Yorkshire Ambulance Service Research Department- yas.research@nhs.net 

You can access the study via the following link: 
https://qsharingeu.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eQCv5dWGjsFmqi1

All the responses will be stored at the University of Lincoln and remain confidential.

 
 

The Australasian College of Paramedicine are calling for scientific abstracts and case studies

21/07/2020

 

The Australasian College of Paramedicine are calling for scientific abstract and case study submissions for their virtual International Conference 2020 taking place from Wednesday 21st to Friday 23rd October 2020. The selected abstracts will have the opportunity to present their research or case study in front of a live (online) audience. The closing date is the 31st July. More

 

The Faculty of Clinical Informatics is now open for applications from new members 

16/07/2020

 

The Faculty of Clinical Informatics is now open for applications from new members and fellows, for a limited time only. 

The Faculty of Clinical Informatics (FCI) provides the invaluable support of a professional network that can help to build knowledge and skills and allow shared learning with peers. As an independent, multi-disciplinary organisation, the FCI excels in a range of activities to encourage and develop the practice of clinical informatics to improve patient outcomes in health and social care.
Informatics is especially critical during the current pandemic. Never before, has the need for information and digital solutions been so acutely realised by so many. At this time, more than ever, health and care professionals have much to gain from joining a network of colleagues for support and knowledge sharing.   
“FCI is an excellent platform and good starting point for raising the profile and mainstreaming of clinical informatics within the NHS and beyond.” Mahmood Adil, Public Health Scotland
 
FCI members benefit from a wide range of opportunities, from career development support (through mentoring and support with revalidation and appraisals) to the chance to join Faculty special interest groups (including clinical safety, AI and early careers groups), as well as access to exclusive Faculty events, including 2 annual conferences, and regular webinars). Members are also kept up to date with the latest ideas and advances in clinical informatics through monthly e-newsletters.
 
The deadline for applications for Members and Fellows is 7th September 2020. Applications for Associate are accepted at all times.
 
Find out more about how to apply here.

 
 

St. Modwen Homes launch £10k offer for all Key Workers & Critical Workers

13/07/2020

As a thank you to all Key and Critical Workers for looking after the health, well being and safety of the nation during the pandemic, St. Modwen Homes has committed to offering them up to £10,000 towards a new home.

 

As the homebuilding arm of the expert developer and regeneration specialist St. Modwen, St. Modwen Homes build contemporary, thoughtfully designed homes and create spacious, green and welcoming neighbourhoods for all to enjoy.

With more than 25 developments in the North West, the Midlands, the South West and South East, and a diverse mix of homes, apartments and maisonettes – there's a huge amount of choice to suit almost every buyer.

Shannon, a Paediatric Intensive Care Nurse, who recently moved into her brand new Alban home at Victoria Park in Stoke, said: "The team pulled out all of the stops to make my move so easy and hassle-free. They even filled my windows with rainbows- it was such an emotional experience and I felt so moved by the effort everyone made."

To find out more about the offer and current availability, visit https://www.stmodwenhomes.co.uk/

St. Modwen Homes: St. Modwen Homes is a different kind of property partner taking a different view. Thirty years’ experience as an expert developer and regeneration specialist, dealing with complex and challenging sites, has taught us to look at things differently, challenge the norm and create new and sustainable solutions to benefit all those involved. Today, we continue to unlock value and deliver quality outcomes across a wide range of activities, from regeneration to the long-term planning and development of commercial and residential assets, as well as active asset management. We create value from our residential projects through our own housebuilding brand, St. Modwen Homes, and through the sale of residential land to third parties.
St. Modwen Homes adopts a local developer mentality with thoughtful design at the heart of both the built form and the external environment. This allows St. Modwen Homes to offer its purchasers a quality and more bespoke product that differentiates it from the larger national house builders. For example, each St. Modwen Homes property is designed to incorporate a philosophy of light and height, which means all new homes have higher than average ceilings and large windows throughout. The bright, open living spaces help to create a more calming space for homeowners to enjoy.
All St. Modwen developments are attractive, vibrant and exclusive places where people can live, work and enjoy their leisure time. All are close to good transport connections, shops, schools and other essential services. For further information, please visit https://www.stmodwenhomes.co.uk/.

 

Statement: Violence Against Paramedics

10/07/2020

 

John Martin FCPara, Chair of the College of Paramedics said: “The College was saddened to hear of the incident earlier this week involving, Michael Hipgrave MCPara and Deena Evans MCPara, paramedics with West Midlands Ambulance Service, who were attacked whilst carrying out a welfare check on a patient in Wolverhampton.

“This incident exposes once again the risks paramedics face on a daily basis as they serve the public. The College continues to advocate that we need to do all that is possible to ensure the safest working environment for all paramedics.

 “On behalf of everyone at the College we wish both Michael and Deena a speedy recovery.”

 
 

‘Our BME People & Communities – a Conversation’ recording now available 

10/07/2020

 

This session, held live on Zoom on Tuesday 7th July, was for all NHS ambulance service people with the aim of enhancing understanding and raising awareness of BME staff and communities, particularly in the context of Covid-19 and the Black Lives Matter protests. It features speakers with expertise, knowledge and experience in this area and provided the opportunity for colleagues to join a conversation, to share their own thoughts and views and to learn and reflect. Thank you to all who contributed, supported and attended. To watch the session and for other resources on racism, learning and how to be an ally, click here.

 

New Public Health resource hub for AHPs

6/07/2020

 

We are delighted to see the launch of the Allied Health Professions Public Health Hub on the Royal Society for Public Health website. This virtual space brings together public health strategies, toolkits, resources and case studies relevant to allied health professionals (AHPs) into one easy to access space.

The hub has been developed through a collaboration between the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), Public Health England (PHE), the Chief Allied Health Professions Officers from across the UK, AHP professional bodies and AHPs4PH.

Its purpose is to enable AHPs to easily locate and access the documents they need to embed public health into their roles and to support them to lead service redesign and contribute to system leadership opportunities to improve the health and well-being of their local populations. It will also support system leaders to see how AHPs can add value to population health.  

A selection of resources on the hub include: 

Over the past five years AHPs have been cited as vanguards of the wider public health workforce. In 2019 the AHP Federation and Public Health England published an impact report of the 2015-18 AHP public health strategy.  Our vision was for AHPs to be recognised as an integral part of the public health workforce, with responsibility for designing and delivering improvements to health and well-being and reducing health inequalities. The impact report reflects on the progress against the 5 goals we set out to achieve, including how Higher Education Institutions have embedded public health into curricula; the increased focus on measuring impact of AHP public health interventions; and how the profile of AHPs contribution to public health has increased along with stronger strategic connections between AHPs and national public health programmes.

The next stages of our journey will be undertaken as a collaboration across the UK. The UK Allied Health Professions Public Health Strategic Framework published in 2019 provides the roadmap to embed public health into every AHP role and to further develop public health leadership skills in AHP professions.

This new hub will be a critical tool to facilitate that journey, both as a one-stop shop for relevant resources and a repository of case studies which we will continue to add to overtime. 

We encourage all AHPs to check out the hub and submit examples from practice to enable ongoing sharing and learning about the AHP contribution to public health.

Spotlight on Research

02/07/2020

 

There are a few changes going on in the research infrastructure within the College and as part of this I am keen to get our two directories up and running. There will be more news soon about some exciting research related opportunities!

A) Database of people with research expertise. 
This is going to help me get more people involved in the research and development activities of the College of Paramedics. For example, if I  get requests from members or external organisations who might be looking for assistance and/or advice from experts, then I will know who to contact. Hopefully in the next few months we can also utilise this information to increase the networking between members who are involved in research activities at a variety of different levels.

Please email me at Julia.williams@collegeofparamedics.co.uk if you want to find out more about this.

B) Database of research projects. 
We have been asked to develop a database of research projects related to our profession so that people can see what is already underway to: 
a) avoid duplication and 
b) to let people know who is running these studies in case people want to get additional information around these topics. 
It is intended that this database will be open public access so that people external to the organisation can also utilise this resource.

Please email me at Julia.williams@collegeofparamedics.co.uk if you want to find out more about this.

C) Small grants for research
Don’t forget that this round of applications closes on September 20th 2020. Click here for more information.  

D) 3D- Max Face Mask (3D-MFM) Project 
Are you interested in providing feedback about the use of PPE for a research study  being run by a group of clinical and engineering researchers based across the University of Cambridge and Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge. Their aim is to design the next generation of FFP3 masks for healthcare workers. If so follow one of this link
https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/3DMFM-COVID/
 

I hope to hear from some of you soon.

Thank you
Professor Julia Williams FCPara
Head of Research

 
 

NHS Improvement Sustainability Survey 

30/06/2020

 

Sustainability is a key priority for the NHS in 2020.  In January 2020 Sir Simon Stevens announced plans for the ‘NHS to be a world leader in sustainability’.  It is estimated that the health and care system in England is responsible for 4-5% of the country’s carbon footprint. The NHS has therefore committed to reaching Net Zero as soon as possible.

The COVID-19 pandemic has quickly become the priority for health and care and it has necessitated changes in the way health and care are delivered that will contribute to the sustainability agenda.

This survey is designed to understand the ways in which Allied Health professionals can and are contributing to the environmental sustainability agenda and ultimately the ambition to be Net Zero.  We are seeking examples of where AHPs have modified practice in all settings that meet the environmental sustainability agenda. This will include changes that have been made as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic but also those that have been more long term.

This survey consists of 11 questions and should take you approximately 5-15 minutes to complete.

Click here take part. 

 
 

Modern Slavery and Labour Exploitation During the Pandemic

Guidance for suspecting and reporting modern slavery and labour exploitation during the pandemic

29/06/2020

 

During the Covid 19 response, paramedics and all first responders are asked to have an increased awareness of the signs of modern slavery and human trafficking.

Lockdown has created new opportunities for the perpetrators of these crimes and has added to the challenge of detection. You can help - The Home Office have issued guidance for suspecting and reporting. You can download both guides here:

MODERN SLAVERY AND COVID19: What to look out for and how to get help
MODERN SLAVERY AND COVID19: What to do if you are a First Responder

This article from the June 2018 Issue of Paramedic INSIGHT gives further background information and advice on this issue.

Information for potential victims is available in different languages here and also here

 

Commitment to Change

29/06/2020

 

Few of us who watched the footage of the death of George Floyd could have failed to have been moved by this tectonic event.

The impact of his untimely, needless and tragic death has undoubtedly changed us.  It has made us question what we thought we knew and made us stop and think about our own actions and perceptions.  I personally have found this event deeply unsettling and have gone through a range of emotions around my personal and professional beliefs and values, and it has strengthened my commitment to change.

The College of Paramedics is fortunate to have such a passionate and dedicated collection of people working as part of our Diversity Steering Group and its wonderful Chair, Izzy, has penned a statement on behalf of the group which you can find here. In truth, I hadn’t before focused my thoughts on how prevalent racism is to our members from a BAME background, when going about the course of their work. There are members of the profession, members of the College, who face racist attitudes and behaviours that are simply unacceptable and have no place in today’s society.  

Were you aware that our profession is the worst of all the Allied Health Professions in terms of BAME representation?  It currently stands at just over three percent.  It is unacceptable to ignore this, it needs to change. That is actual change, not warm words, or platitudes but actual, meaningful change.  

To be part of this change we need to start with ourselves. I also thank Izzy for pointing out the obvious; that there is no-one on the Board of Trustees, or throughout the College’s staff, from a BAME background. This means that we do not accurately reflect our profession, and certainly do not fully represent our communities.  We need to understand the challenges, barriers and opportunities that exist and to encourage and support those members from BAME backgrounds to take an interest in the College and to put themselves forward when opportunities arise. To have a more diverse representation throughout the College will bring a richness to the future of our profession and will eventually reflect better the communities we serve. 

I accept that these things take time. To enable this change we must not be distracted, and our next step towards it is to work with our very dear colleague, Bo Escritt, who has worked with our colleagues in the AACE, supporting equality and diversity. Bo will provide mentorship and support for our Diversity Steering Group but will also advise and support the Board of Trustees and the College staff on sustainable and real change.  

In closing, may I again thank our Diversity Steering Group for their continued passion and commitment to change. And to those members of the College who are from a BAME background, I would love to hear from you to ensure we are making enough change at the right pace.  Your input will remain pivotal to the future of the profession.  

Tracy Nicholls FCPara
Chief Executive 
College of Paramedics
 

College Member John Gladwell features in the June issue of Emergency Services Times

Student member John writes about his experience of being on the temporary register as an NQP

23/06/2020

 

College of Paramedics student member John Gladwell, a final year student at Oxford Brookes University, features in the June issue of Emergency Services Times talking about his experience of being on the temporary register as an NQP with South Central Ambulance Service.

Click here to read the article.

Click here for the complete issue online.
 

College of Paramedics Annual General Meeting 2020

Tuesday 14th July, 1200-1400

23/06/2020

 

Our AGM will be held via Zoom on Tuesday 14th July, 1200-1400, alongside two CPD speakers.

There will be two resolutions to vote on:

  • The addition of two words to the Charitable Objects of the College - click here to download the resolution.
  • The approval of the minutes of the 2019 AGM and EGM - click here to see the minutes of the AGM, click here to see the minutes of the EGM.  

This year, we have appointed an online voting company ‘Civica Election Services’ (CES) to administer the votes.

On Tuesday 23rd June full members of the College will have received an email from Civica Election Services, which is being sent on our behalf, with details of how to vote.

The College of Paramedics has been a charity since 2015, registered with the Charities Commission. We therefore conduct our business transparently and following their robust guidelines. Voting is an essential component of progressing charitable business and therefore we would appreciate your vote on the two straightforward items. It is important that you cast your vote, In accordance with our Articles of Association, a minimum 100 members are required to engage in the process.

Please check your junk/spam folder if you have not received this important email from Civica on Tuesday 23rd June.

 

Click here to download the draft Annual Report.

midday

Zoom event opens 

12:05

 CPD presentation

12:45

 AGM Opens - Welcome and Review of 2019

12:50

 Approval of AGM and EGM minutes

12:55

 Vote on Proposed Change of Objects

13:00

Presentation of Annual Report and Accounts 

13.10

Announcement of 2020 Election Result

13.15

Close 

13.20

CPD Presentation 

14.00 

Event finishes


 
Click here to book onto the AGM and CPD event. 
 

PHE recommendations vital for health of BAME communities

Public Health England's report into Understanding the Impact of COVID-19 on BAME groups

19/06/2020

 

The Royal College of Emergency Medicine welcomes the publication of Public Health England’s report ‘Understanding the impact of COVID-19 on BAME groups’ and endorses the vital recommendations made within.
 
RCEM President, Dr Katherine Henderson said: “This is an important and timely report that recommends essential actions that are long overdue.
 
“BAME colleagues and communities have been hit harder by COVID-19 and this report makes clear that longstanding health inequalities have been exacerbated by it.
 
“We know that the most deprived 10% of the population use A&E twice as much as the least deprived 10%. We must use the spotlight of Covid to address inequalities including access to care.
 
“Better data will be key to shining a light on where further actions are needed. For our staff, the further development of culturally competent occupational risk assessment tools is a must, but urgent action is needed more widely to reduce inequalities caused by the wider determinants of health.
 
“These recommendations should not be viewed by policy makers as requests. To protect the lives of BAME colleagues and communities anything less than the full uptake of these actions is unacceptable; the Equalities Minister must ensure that these do not fall by the wayside as the government works to get the nation back on its feet.”


Tracy Nicholls FCPara, Chief Executive of the College of Paramedics said: “The College of Paramedics fully supports the recommendations made in this report. Whilst the paramedic profession has a disproportionately low numbers of BAME members, we recognise that many of our colleagues in Allied Health Professions have been greatly affected during the Covid-19 outbreak.
We welcome any and all improvements for the BAME community that will be actioned as a result of Public Health England’s findings and sincerely hope that it represents positive and tangible steps to address inequalities in health care.  The College of Paramedics feels that meaningful measures must be taken now and continue to be embedded for our profession to become much more representative of the communities it serves.”

 
 

#StayWellWithEsther

Health Psychologist, Esther Murray continues with her #StayWellWithEsther series. 

18/06/2020

 

Health Psychologist, Esther Murray continues with her #StayWellWithEsther series. This week we launch the third vlog focusing on self-care and the importance of being kind to yourself, even in very small ways. You can share your thoughts with Esther on Twitter, @EM_HealthPsych using the hashtag #StayWellWithEsther Listen here

 

Georgette Eaton Appointed Trustee Official for Research

The College of Paramedics is delighted to announce that following a recent recruitment process, Georgette Eaton will be joining the Board as Trustee Official for Research.

18/06/2020

 

The College of Paramedics is delighted to announce that following a recent recruitment process, Georgette Eaton MCPara will be joining the Board of Trustees as the Trustee Official for Research.  

As a clinical academic Advanced Paramedic, Georgette is an NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow studying at Oxford University with her clinical work positioned within the London Ambulance Service.

Georgette brings extensive experience to the team including advanced clinical practice, clinical education and she is  the author of Law and Ethics for Paramedics published in 2019.  We have no doubt that Georgette will bring a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to the current team. 

TASC Charity Pin Badge Now Available

Remembering those fallen past and present

17/06/2020

 

 

Announcing the Winner of the Dr John Hinds Scholarship Award 2020

Today, the College of Paramedics, in association with Galen, the privately owned pharmaceutical sales and marketing company, is proud to announce the winner of the Dr John Hinds Scholarship Award 2020

16/06/2020

 

Today, the College of Paramedics, in association with Galen, the privately owned pharmaceutical sales and marketing company, is proud to announce the winner of the Dr John Hinds Scholarship Award 2020: Orla Morrow of Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, Belfast.



To qualify for the scholarship, entrants were required to write a case study, written to protect patient confidentiality, using original text and including all appropriate references.

As this year’s winner, Orla will now take up a fully-funded place on the much-coveted Anaesthesia Trauma and Critical Care (ATACC) course, broadly accepted as the most advanced trauma course available worldwide.

When told about her win Orla said: “To be honest, I can't quite believe I’ve won but I’m so happy and proud to have been awarded this scholarship. I’m looking forward to attending the ATACC course, where I can develop my knowledge and skills in order to help me provide the best patient-centred care to people suffering traumatic injuries in a pre-hospital environment. I’m also really excited about taking part in the simulation events to help me gain more confidence and ultimately change my approach to trauma care to promote better assessment and treatment.”         

One of the judges on this year’s panel, Bob Fellows, Head of Education at the College of Paramedics said, “The winning case study showed a logical, well thought through approach to a fall in a confined space. The subsequent assessment, diagnosis and management to definitive care was written in a way as to demonstrate compassion and the fullest commitment to the patient in a manner we could all learn from.”

The Dr John Hinds Scholarship is presented in memory of the late Dr John Hinds who was regarded as an inspirational leader by paramedics and emergency medical technicians, and indeed, by anyone with an interest in pre-hospital care across Ireland. A world-renowned critical care physician from Northern Ireland, Dr Hinds, whose untimely death occurred five years ago on 4th July 2015, selflessly gave a huge amount of his own time to educating and supporting paramedics and ambulance staff in his homeland.

“It gives us, as a family, such comfort and pride that the Dr John Hinds Scholarship Award continues to inspire and educate our current paramedics and first responders,” commented the late Dr Hinds’ partner Dr Janet Acheson. She added: “John had such enthusiasm for sharing knowledge and passing on his expertise so that his colleagues could gain new insights which would ultimately benefit patients and save lives. We sincerely hope Orla thoroughly enjoys her place on the ATACC course and would like to thank everyone at The College of Paramedics, the ATACC group and Galen for their continued support for the Dr John Hinds Scholarship Award.” 

Dr Dennise Broderick, Galen’s Managing Director & President stated, “I wish to pass on my huge congratulations to Orla on winning this award and securing a space on the much sought-after ATACC course. This award is a fantastic opportunity for healthcare professionals to advance their personal expertise and gain access to a highly coveted training programme. Dr Hinds was an incredibly inspirational individual who dedicated his life to helping others and Galen is immensely proud to support this annual scholarship programme in his honour.”

 
 

New Psychological First Aid training during COVID-19 

Open to all frontline and essential workers and volunteers

15/06/2020

 

On 15 June is Public Health England (PHE) is launching updated Psychological First Aid (PFA) training module, aimed at all frontline and essential workers and volunteers. The course teaches the key principles of giving psychological first aid in emergencies and aims to increase awareness and confidence to provide this support to people affected by COVID-19.  PFA is a globally recognised training in emergency situations and PHE has been developed this new course as part of our national incident response, and in partnership with NHS England, Health Education England, FutureLearn and others.

The course is free, and no previous qualifications are required.  By the end of the course, outcomes will include: understanding how emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic can affect us, recognising people who may be at increased risk of distress and understanding how to offer practical and emotional support. The course takes around 90 minutes to complete and is also available in three sessions for the learner to complete at their own pace. 

 

Paramedics - Tell Your Story of Life and Work During the Pandemic

StoryLab, a research institute at Anglia Ruskin University, is inviting all paramedics to share their experiences of life and work during Covid-19 with their new digital archive

09/06/2020

 

StoryLab, a research institute at Anglia Ruskin University, is inviting all paramedics to share their experiences of life and work during COVID-19 with their new digital archive. The Frontline archive will serve as a permanent record and testament to the lives, efforts, challenges, and achievements of health workers during the ongoing pandemic, and will be of enormous cultural and historical significance. 

All contributions to the archive will be anonymised and your story or experience can take any form - videos, photos, audio recordings, text and artwork. You can contribute once or several times. StoryLab is looking to collect a range of experiences - from the joyful to the poignant, from the big moments to the ordinary details.   

You can learn more about the project and easily upload your contribution via the project link: https://storylabresearch.com/projects/the-frontline/ 
And/or follow the project on social media via Twitter: @Frontline_ARU - https://twitter.com/Frontline_ARU 

Before taking part in this project, each paramedic must read and tick the consent form which we have included here .

If you have any questions about the project, or would rather send your contribution via email, please contact Marques Hardin: marques.hardin@pgr.anglia.ac.uk  

 

 

Portraits for NHS Heroes

The brainchild of Thomas Croft, an Oxford-based portrait painter

9/06/2020

 

Feeling somewhat disheartened and helpless during the pandemic lockdown, Croft came up with the idea for #portraitsfornhsheroes, an initiative which has now seen countless artists around the world offer to paint free portraits of NHS frontline workers as a show of their appreciation.

Croft kicked off the art project by putting up a post on Instagram saying he would like to offer a free portrait to the first NHS key worker who contacted him. He also urged other artists to get involved.

One such artist was Jess Douglas, whose portrait of paramedic and College member Ian Thomas can now be seen online in a virtual exhibition.

Jess, who is from Lyme Regis and specialises in painting boats, says she was keen to get involved because, like all the other artists she wanted to express her thanks to NHS staff.

She said: “I’d never done a colour portrait before so it was definitely out of my comfort zone. But it was a good excuse to push myself and have the freedom to experiment and I’m really pleased with the end result.”               

The entire process, which was based on a photo of Ian wearing PPE took about 12 hours to complete. From the outset, Jess knew she wanted her portrait to be reflective of the times.
“A lot of the portraits are from posed images but I wanted mine to highlight the issues paramedics like Ian, and other frontline workers faced and obviously PPE has been one of those issues,” she added.

For Ian, who works for South West Ambulance Service, having his portrait painted by Jess has been a dream come true.

He said: “It’s incredible and I couldn’t be happier with it. This whole project has cemented the amazing contribution made by all NHS frontline workers and highlights the diversity of everyone involved. I’m really proud to have been part of it and hopefully once the pandemic is over all the portraits will be showcased in a wonderful exhibition.”  

 

The Assessment and Management of Covid-19 Patients for Paramedics – New e-Learning

The Paramedics e-learning project now includes a module Supporting Paramedic Practice during Covid-19.  

8/06/2020

 

The Paramedics e-learning project now includes a module Supporting Paramedic Practice during Covid-19.  A brand new session has been written for this module entitled The Assessment and Management of Covid-19 Patients for Paramedics.  The session is now available here.  Author Harriet Ashman MCPara and editor Gary Strong MCPara have been keen to provide information and learning in a way that is readily accessible for paramedics.  Knowledge of the Covid-19 virus and best practice management is constantly evolving.  We would encourage you to use the e-Learning for Healthcare feedback system to suggest any updates and improvements to this session that may be needed as the pandemic continues.

 

Health Education England Learning Hub now live

The Learning Hub is a new digital platform that provides easy access to a wide range of resources

8/06/2020

 

The Learning Hub is a new digital platform that provides easy access to a wide range of resources that are pertinent to education and training in health and care.  Many stakeholders from across the health and care workforce, including clinical commissioning groups, social care, professional bodies, charities and the simulation community, have already contributed a range of quality learning resources.  Many of the resources are in response to the COVID-19 efforts to support the health and care workforce.  These resources include videos, webinars, slide presentations, Q&A packs, simulation scripts, lesson plans and web links to support system readiness, recovery and beyond.  Do you or your networks have resources to share?  By contributing resources, you are supporting both the growth of the system and the evolving communities of learners that will use the Learning Hub.  You are invited to access the Learning Hub either using existing e-Learning for Healthcare log in details or by creating a Learning Hub account.   The Learning Hub support site offers a range of frequently asked questions (FAQs), as well as further guidance, including a 'Getting Started' quick reference guide, and support articles to help introduce you to using the Learning Hub.  If you have any comments or suggestions from a paramedic perspective please email gary.strong@collegeofparamedics.co.uk 

 

Practising with a reduced scope of practice as a paramedic 

A joint statement of support from the Health and Care Professions Council and the College of Paramedics 

4/06/2020

 

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the College of Paramedics recognise that practitioners registered as paramedics may work in roles with a reduced skill set or scope of practice (roles different to their protected title of ‘paramedic’). This includes working as First Aiders or Emergency Medical Technicians. 

The HCPC and the College of Paramedics are aware of concerns in the paramedic profession about acting in these types of roles, such as the impact this might have on their professional registration.

The HCPC and the College of Paramedics support registered paramedics practising in these roles. 

When working in these roles, it is important that registered paramedics continue to meet the HCPC’s standards and to follow any guidance set by the College of Paramedics, if they are a member. 
This joint statement sets out our common approach of support towards registered paramedics working in these roles, and our mutual expectations.

Health and Care Professions Council statement

Working in a role different to your protected title
We often receive enquiries from paramedics about working in roles different to their protected title of ‘paramedic’, with a reduced scope of practice and how this could have an impact on their registration with us.

We want to assure registrants that practising in these roles should not affect your registration, provided that you continue to practise safely and effectively and meet our standards at all times. 

Working in a reduced scope of practice
For some registrants, their job description may mean that they are not fulfilling the full scope of practice of a paramedic. This also should not affect a registrant’s registration, provided that they keep within the scope of practice of the role they are practising. 

This requires registrants to make sure that they practise within the limits and expectations of their job description and level of indemnity for that role. Registrants may need to undertake a narrower range of tasks or activities than they would undertake as a paramedic, or to work with a narrower range of equipment or medicines. 

There may be circumstances in which a service user requires care that a paramedic could give, but which is beyond the scope of practice of the registrant’s current role. In these situations the registrant must then call for appropriate assistance or use their professional judgement to take other appropriate steps to act in the best interests of the service user.

If registrants are unsure about the limits and expectations of their role, they may wish to clarify this with their employer or their indemnity insurance provider. 

You can read more about scope of practice on our website.

Prescribing rights and practising with a reduced scope of practice 

A registrant’s medicines possession, administration and prescribing rights are tied to their professional registration, job description and indemnity cover. 

This means that if a paramedic is qualified and annotated as a non-medical prescriber but is not acting in a paramedic role (as determined by their job description and level of indemnity), they will be unable to prescribe. This is also true of medicines exemptions for paramedics. 

You can read more about the medicine entitlements of our registrants on our website.

This does not include paramedics who are working in specialist or advanced practice roles. As set out above, we are undertaking a separate piece of work on this area. 

Employing registered paramedics in other roles

Employers who employ registered paramedics in roles with a reduced scope of practice should be aware that HCPC registrants must meet our standards at all times. 
This means that registrants practising as First Aiders, Emergency Medical Technicians or similar will be expected to keep within the scope of practice of the role they are employed in (as determined by the job description and level of indemnity). This may prevent them from carrying out tasks or providing care which would normally be carried out by a paramedic, such as medicines administration, or prescribing for those suitably qualified and annotated.

You can read more about employing HCPC registrants in our employer hub

John Barwick
Chief Executive and Registrar
Health and Care Professions Council


College of Paramedics statement

The College of Paramedics is happy to endorse this helpful clarification issued by the Health and Care Professions Council. 

We are aware that many paramedics practise outside of their normal working environment in a variety of settings, some paid and some unpaid. The College of Paramedics receives enquiries from members who are concerned about practising with a limited scope of practice and without certain equipment or medicines. This document confirms that paramedics are able to practise in these circumstances without risk to their registration, provided the standard of care is appropriate to the circumstances.

Richard Webber
Trustee Official for Membership & Communications
College of Paramedics

 
 

Run to support the mental health of our 999 workers

During 18-26th July, use your daily exercise to back emergency services

2/06/2020

 

The Blue Light Symphony Orchestra, the UK's only orchestra for all emergency services personnel, is calling on the public to use their daily lockdown exercise time to show their support for the emergency services by completing the 999Run.

According to the charity, which uses music and music therapy to help improve the mental wellbeing of police, fire and ambulance staff, COVID-19 has seen an exacerbation of the already critical state of mental health among blue light workers. 

By completing the 999Run and raising money, the public can support the charity to address the issues around trauma, PTSD, chronic stress, and anxiety among 999 emergency service staff.
Between 18-26th July 2020 participants of all fitness levels should run, walk, or even skip one of three 999 themed distances – 9.99 km, 999 m or 999 steps.  

The charity run is organised by Sebastian Valentine, a detective constable in the Surrey Police Safeguarding Investigation Unit based in Guildford. He investigates child abuse, domestic abuse as well as ‘honour-based abuse’ and harmful traditional practices. He is also a hostage and crisis negotiator. 

Sebastian said: “Taking part in 999Run is a great way for everyone to show their support for the emergency services as well as raise money in a fun way and if you cannot participate, you can still donate. Exercise is a great way to boost your own mental health and is even better with some music! All donations welcome.

“Our emergency services are working tirelessly to keep us safe, protected and healthy every day, but more so now during this coronavirus pandemic. It is only right that we give back and help them regain some sort of normality and happiness in these difficult times.” 

Research shows that music can significantly improve psychological health and wellbeing as it engages the neurochemical systems responsible for reward, motivation, pleasure, and stress. However, music therapy is not currently open to all emergency workers, the charity wants to raise funds to make the treatment more widely available.

He added: “Coronavirus is taking its toll on all healthcare workers, creating traumatic memories that cause anxiety and stress. But treatments using music, such as music therapy, can be highly effective in helping individuals to self-regulate through difficult emotional states and restore social relationships by fostering feelings of belonging.”

For more information on the charity run go to www.999run.co.uk 
Donations or to raise sponsorship money can be done via the GoFundMe page.

Inequalities during COVID19

COVID19 has shone a spotlight on many different health inequalities

2/06/2020

 

Covid-19 has shone a spotlight on many different health inequalities, and there is an article exploring this in more detail in the June edition of Paramedic INSIGHT.

This pandemic has of course, affected every one of us both personally and professionally, in many different ways. Our profession is continuing to work on the frontline alongside other colleagues in health and social care, despite the ongoing challenges. In comparison to the other Allied Health Professions we have seen more tragic deaths among paramedics and ambulance colleagues, which is both heart-breaking and worrying. Some of our profession, particularly those with underlying health issues, are having to shield at home, instead of doing what they would have expected to do at a time of national crisis; being where the emergency is, helping others. 

It has also become clear that BAME colleagues are being disproportionately affected and make up a significant proportion of health and social care staff who have died. NHS England’s Chief Executive, Sir Simon Stevens and Amanda Pritchard, Chief Operating Officer, have advised NHS Trusts to risk assess their staff, particularly black, Asian and other minority ethnic groups, as to their vulnerability to contracting Covid-19. They have called on employers to take “precautionary measures” to protect all staff that are at a higher risk of severe disease. In addition to this, a review being led by Professor Kevin Fenton, Public Health Director for London, on behalf of Public Health England is underway to better understand how different factors such as ethnicity, deprivation, age, gender and obesity could impact on how people are affected by COVID-19.

We will continue to follow and respond to developments as appropriate and as they arise. 

The mental health and wellbeing of our members and profession is a high priority for the College, we hope that you will have seen evidence of this from our recent social media campaign during Mental Health Awareness Week in May. We also have a ‘Your Mental Health’ page on the College website, which includes, among many other resources, a series of vlogs recorded by our friend Esther Murray, a Health Psychologist, specifically for those self-isolating or shielding during Covid-19, and a new series focusing on self-care. 

The College of Paramedics Diversity Steering Group was formed to advise the College on equality, diversity and inclusion issues, and focuses on the five strands of BAME, LGBTQI+, disability, gender equality and socio-economic status, whilst working with universities and employers to increase diversity within the profession. The steering group is still young, but work is ongoing to develop a webpage that will provide links and resources for members. One of these resources will be a blog series from members who have an association with any of the five diversity strands above. Is this you? We would like to hear from members about experiences of diversity and working and living during the pandemic. We would like to know if you feel that we should be focusing on any specific aspects of Covid-19 and diversity? Please get in touch if you would like to write a blog and share your story, don’t worry if you have never written a blog before, we will work with you on it.

Additionally, we want to hear from you if you have something to share on other aspects of diversity; working in the profession as a minority, overcoming or still trying to overcome barriers, aspects of your diversity that you find strength in, instances of feeling excluded, instances of feeling included, or any other relevant lived experience.  

It is important to us as we grow and develop further that we are representative of our profession and the public we care for, but we need your help and support to achieve this effectively. Please email imogen.carter@collegeofparamedics.co.uk for more information or if you would like to contribute to this work.

 

Mental Health and Wellbeing Zoom recording now available

The collaborative Mental Health and Wellbeing in Ambulance Services Zoom session.

29/05/2020

 

The collaborative Mental Health and Wellbeing in Ambulance Services Zoom session, held on Thursday 21 May, heard from experts and colleagues who spoke professionally, and personally, about managing mental health and wellbeing in the context of Covid-19. It is now available to watch here https://aace.org.uk/mentalhealthandwellbeing/ #AmbulanceKeepTalking 

 

Diploma in Primary and Urgent Care – ongoing recruitment of examiners

The College of Paramedics Diploma in Primary and Urgent Care (DipPUC) Faculty is still keen to expand its pool of potential new examiners

20/05/2020

 

The College of Paramedics Diploma in Primary and Urgent Care (DipPUC) Faculty is still keen to expand its pool of potential new examiners, as we prepare for future growth.  This is an excellent opportunity for experienced paramedics and other health professionals working in Primary and Urgent Care to gain further experience in the assessment of their peers as part of a robust examination process.  Examiner duties include contributing to the development of new examination questions and OSCEs as well as assessing a range of candidates from varied employment backgrounds.  To be eligible to apply you must previously have passed either the DipPUC or its predecessor, the South East Coast NHS Foundation Trust Paramedic Practitioner Examination; or be able to provide evidence of an equivalent level of practice based knowledge and experience, together with a clear understanding of the role of a professional examination in healthcare practice.  Suitable candidates will be invited to take part in a development process led by the Faculty, leading towards appointment as an examiner for those with the requisite skills, knowledge and approach to learning and assessment.
To express an interest in becoming an examiner, please provide a statement of no more than 400 words detailing your suitability for the role.  Please send your statement, along with your curriculum vitae, to Yvonne Cooze, Examinations Manager at yvonne.cooze@collegeofparamedics.co.uk   For an informal chat, contact Gary Strong, National CPD Lead (Education) at gary.strong@collegeofparamedics.co.uk 

 
 

Discount at the Comedy Store

They say laugher is the best medicine…..

19/05/2020

 

 The chances are we could all do with a good laugh right now. And what better way to lift your spirits than watching some of the UK’s funniest comedians from the comfort of your own home? Whether it’s stand-up, open mic night or seeing some of the world’s best improvisors in action, the Comedy Store has something for everyone. 

In a show of appreciation for everything paramedics are doing during the pandemic, the Comedy Store are offering College members a 40 percent discount on shows booked at thecomedystorelive.co.uk
All you need to do is enter the code –  paramedicheroes – when you check out.
So now you can have a giggle with some of the finest comics on the circuit at a fraction of the price.
 

Paramedic Self-Referral Guidance Published

The College of Paramedics is leading on some collaborative work with colleagues and stakeholder organisations on the subject of mental health and wellbeing.

19/05/2020

 

The College of Paramedics has, since the publication of the ‘People like us?’ report in 2017 been working to reduce the numbers of inappropriate paramedic self-referrals to the HCPC. It is well acknowledged that undergoing any referral to the regulator and experiencing a subsequent fitness to practise investigation can have a negative impact upon an individual’s mental health. The College of Paramedics is currently leading on some collaborative work with colleagues and stakeholder organisations on the subject of mental health and wellbeing. From this ongoing work, we are now pleased to release this co-badged self-referral guidance poster. Thank you to the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives, the Clinical Leaders Network, colleagues at Practitioner Health, Suzanne Rastrick (CAHPO) and Andrea James at Brabners for their support.

The poster is available for download as a pdf here.   

 

Are you a paramedic working in advanced practice in England? 

Online workshop to consider the impact of Covid-19 and the implications for the future of #advancedpractice

18/05/2020

 

Covid-19 has touched almost every aspect of our lives in the last few months and has put additional pressure on the NHS and its workforce.  

Over the previous two years Health Education England has established a series of workstreams relating to advanced practice within non-medical healthcare professional groups. They are launching this online workshop to enable them to receive rapid feedback about: 

  • The range of deployment or redeployment of advanced practitioners across the health system during Covid-19 
  • The experience of advanced practitioners during Covid-19 including:

  1. The extent to which the knowledge, skills and competence of advanced practitioners have been deployed effectively 
  2. The extent to which barriers to continue to exist or have been removed (and reasons why)
  3. The impact on particular professional groups (e.g. physios, nurses, OTs etc)
  • The insights and expectations of advanced practitioners and aspiring advanced practitioners about the impact of Covid-19 on the future of the workforce. 
Click here for more...
 

Your Mental Health and Wellbeing CPD - Save the Date

Zoom session focusing on ambulance service workforce mental health and wellbeing

17/05/2020

 

Zoom session focusing on ambulance service workforce mental health and wellbeing on Thursday 21st 14:15 – 15:15. Join to hear from colleagues speaking professionally and personally about lived experiences of mental health difficulties and about how you can stay well during Covid-19. #AmbulanceKeepTalking To join on the day click here… 

 

Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week 18th – 24th May

17/05/2020

 

This week is #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek 2020. This year the focus is on ‘Kindness’. Kindness to others, but also to yourself. Follow the hashtag on social media for a range of advice, guidance, lived experience stories, webinars, and access to help and support for those experiencing difficulties themselves, or for those supporting families and friends in need. The highlights of the week are the Mental Health and Wellbeing Zoom session with Ambulance colleagues on Thursday 21st at 14:15 – 15:15, to join click here  the Ambulance Service specific NHS Common Rooms, information available here  and our #StayWellWithEsther vlog series available at the ‘Your Mental Health’ page  Please remember, that whatever your need is, there is something or someone there for you.  

 

Clinical Leaders Network publication

This paper is a ‘call to action’ to support the mental health and wellbeing of all frontline healthcare workers.

17/05/2020

 

The Clinical Leaders Network has published ‘Enhancing mental health resilience and anticipating treatment provision of mental health conditions for frontline Healthcare workers involved in caring for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic’. This paper is a ‘call to action’ to support the mental health and wellbeing of all frontline healthcare workers. It is also a guide of what we should do now to support frontline clinicians and highlight the importance of planning and preparing for the after effects of this pandemic crisis. 
Download here http://www.cln.nhs.uk 

 
 

Social Media Guidance - Reminder

An important reminder of the impact of social media.

13/05/2020

 

The current pandemic has been a tough time in which to work on the frontline, and this is recognised by many. Paramedics are successfully using a variety of different coping strategies, but it’s important to remember the wider impact and potential consequences of what you say or do publicly, particularly when using social media. The College of Paramedics Social Media Guidance contains lots of helpful information and advice, as does the guidance on the use of social media by The HCPC.  Additional areas to consider when posting at this time are, appropriateness in the current pandemic and lockdown period, adherence to social distancing rules, and any perceived inappropriate use of PPE. We have regrettably received a number of unfavourable comments about all of these recently and wish to remind our colleagues who use social media of the guidance that is available to help. Our guidance is available here.

 
 

Compassionate Conversations Zoom CPD session

The recent #CompassionateConversations zoom learning session is now available to watch

13/05/2020

 

The recent #CompassionateConversations Zoom learning session delivered by AACE, the College of Paramedics and NHS Horizons is now available to watch back. The session was based on the human interaction aspects of the new ‘End of Life Care in the Community’ guidance released by the National Ambulance Service Medical Directors (NASMed) group recently, and provided additional guidance, practical advice and reassurance for when you find yourself in these often challenging and emotive situations. Watch here 

 
 

A guide to information resources

COVID19 - A guide to information resources from LKS

7/05/2020

 

The Library & Knowledge Service for NHS Ambulance Services in England [LKS ASE] has created this guide to allow you fast and easy access to free content from publishers, research organisations and universities released on the web in response to the COVID19 Pandemic. The guide is updated daily with new links and is free to use from the LKS ASE website https://ambulance.libguides.com/covid19 

 

Help us help you

The College of Paramedics delivers a message to the public

6/05/2020

 

Last month, the NHS Chief Executive, Sir Simon Stevens warned that delays in getting treatment due to people’s fears of coronavirus could pose a risk to their general health. One survey finding revealed that four in ten people are too concerned about being a burden on the NHS to seek the help they need. With the national #HelpUsHelpYou campaign, the public have now been urged to get care when they need it from the NHS. The campaign advises people to contact their GP or the 111 service if they have urgent care needs. This short film made by paramedics sends the message that the NHS, and the Ambulance Service is still there for those people who need emergency help for a stroke, a heart attack or other life-threatening conditions. 

 

PHEMCast Podcast

College of Paramedics Teams up with PHEMCast   

4/05/2020

 

In a timely and informative collaboration, the College of Paramedics’ Paramedic Insight Podcast series co-hosts a Covid-19 discussion with the team behind the popular PHEMCast.  Prehospital emergency medicine doctors Clare Bosanko and Tim Nutbeam join Gary Strong MCPara and Stephen Moakes MCPara in a special edition, in which Clare and Tim review the case definition and knowledge base for Covid up to 1 May 2020, followed by a panel discussion of key issues affecting prehospital care during the pandemic.

 

NHS Staff Testing

Information on how NHS employees, and those they live with can get tested for Covid-19.

3/05/2020


Information from NHS England on how NHS employees, and those they live with can get tested for Covid-19.
 










Advice for parents during coronavirus

Advice for parents and carers of children during Covid-19

3/05/2020

 

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health have published advice for parents and carers of children during Covid-19.  

https://www.rcpch.ac.uk/resources/covid-19-resources-parents-carers

Compassionate Conversations CPD – Save the Date!

Zoom session focusing on the human interaction aspects of the new ‘End of Life Care in the Community’ guidance.

3/05/2020

 

Together with colleagues in the Ambulance Service and NHS Horizons we are hosting a Compassionate Conversations Zoom session on Thursday 7th May 14:00 – 15:00. The session is based on the human interaction aspects of the new ‘End of Life Care in the Community’ guidance released by the National Ambulance Service Medical Directors (NASMed) group recently, and aims to offer you additional guidance, tools and reassurance for when you find yourself in these often challenging and emotive situations.

For more info here… https://aace.org.uk/compassionate-conversations/

 

Guidance for pregnant women

Guidance and advice for pregnant women expecting home visits from their midwife.

1/05/2020


The Royal College of Midwives has released guidance and advice for pregnant women expecting home visits from their midwife.  
https://www.rcm.org.uk/coronavirus/
 



Guidance for pregnant women

Guidance and advice for pregnant women accessing maternity services.

1/05/2020


The Royal College of Midwives and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists have released guidance and advice for pregnant women accessing maternity services.  
https://www.rcm.org.uk/advice-for-pregnant-women/
 

 



Cardiac Arrest Management Updated Statement

The College of Paramedics updates it’s statement on managing patients with cardiac arrest during the pandemic

29/04/2020

 

The College of Paramedics acknowledges the latest information released by Public Health England (PHE) and the subsequent updated statement from the Resuscitation Council UK (RCUK) issued 28th April 2020; RCUK Statement on PHE PPE Guidance.

The College remains aligned to its original statement, Cardiac Arrest Management of Patients with COVID-19, issued on 27th March 2020.

We are in no doubt that our members will continue to do their absolute best for patients by minimising delay to the patient’s side in a cardiac arrest situation.  The College concurs with the RCUK, that safety of healthcare professionals is an equally important consideration when dealing with any cardiac arrest situation where COVID-19 is suspected or confirmed.

 

5 Minute Reflection

In these busy times it can feel like there is so much to learn and so little time to reflect. Take five minutes to capture what you are learning using our 5 Minute Reflection template…then save to your portfolio.

28/04/2020

 

The activities undertaken and challenges faced by paramedics during the Covid 19 pandemic are undoubtedly highly stressful. They are also presenting us with fast paced learning opportunities: cases managed, conversations in corridors, podcasts we have listened to, reactions to latest developments and more. This simple template uses the What? So what? Now what? model of reflection (Rolfe et al, 2001) to give you the opportunity to take just five minutes to capture learning for your portfolio.

Download the template form here

 

Non-Technical Skills

Ben Watts shares some helpful tips and tricks for getting the best from ourselves and our teams during the Covid-19 response.

28/04/2020

 

Tips and tricks from Ben Watts, Thames Valley Air Ambulance 
 
Responding to Covid-19 related incidents, or to any patient who requires Aerosol Generating Procedures has become the norm. We need to be mentally and physically ready. All paramedics and ambulance personnel are going to come across an increasing number of incidents where PPE is worn in one form or another. With reduced ease of communication comes increased need for error reduction measures. 

Download Ben's guidance here

Ambulance wellbeing resource

New ambulance health and wellbeing resource published by the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives.

27/04/2020

 

New ambulance health and wellbeing resource published by the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives. Produced in collaboration with the College of Paramedics and other organisations supporting the mental wellbeing of those working within Ambulance Services. Click here to download.

 

Covid-19

College of Paramedics Ongoing COVID-19 Work

27.04.2020


The College has been working, through March and April, to support our members and advocate for the paramedic profession during the Covid-19 pandemic. Our Chief Executive Tracy Nicholls FCPara has written to both the Secretary of State for Health and the National Medical Director of NHS England on the need for sufficient and appropriate PPE to be available to paramedics and their healthcare colleagues. 

We continue to stand firmly alongside our colleagues at the RCUK on our position with regards to the appropriate level of PPE for resuscitation. We are working to make sure that the College is responding appropriately to any further releases or updates in position and available evidence. 

We have set up a Covid Response Group that will assist the College, and related stakeholders, to maintain a consistent narrative throughout the crisis, to capture and, where appropriate, relay pandemic response concerns from, the College membership to organisations and individuals across the health sector and to seek out opportunities to support the response and disseminate information to the membership.
 
Our Northern Ireland Trustee Rory O’Connor MCPara is working with the AHPFNI, lobbying Stormont on behalf of allied health professions, with regard to PPE provision also.  

A Covid-19 web page has been set up to provide the latest information on the Covid situation, including links to a range of resources. 

We have advocated strongly for the paramedic students going into the workplace as employees during this time. The College is working closely with HEIs and individual ambulance service trusts, to keep track, where possible, of; how many students are being employed, doing what roles, and from which programmes and which year. The College has issued advice and guidance for these student paramedics as well as holding a successful Live Chat Q&A session that can still be viewed on YouTube and the launch of the Temporary Registered (NQP) Student Support Resource. Links to all these resources can be found on the Student Support page on the College website.

The College takes the mental health of our members very seriously and have collaborated on a number of projects to increase the resources available to members and the profession. We collaborated with RCEM, AACE and RCGP on production of the Living Life To The Full mental wellbeing resource https://llttf.com/ and published guidance for managers on psychosocial support and mental wellbeing of ambulance personnel in a pandemic crisis. The work to support members’ wellbeing will continue with the latest links provided on our Covid19 web page

Research is ongoing by the College, with 3740 participants in the CARA research recently and Julia Williams and the College of Paramedics Research Development and Advisory Committee are now working hard on the analysis. Other projects are in the pipeline.

There has also been a great deal of press engagement by the College, some of which is captured here.
 

Ramadan Guidance

Guidance supporting staff and providing care to communities during Ramadan.

24/04/2020

 

The National Ambulance BME Forum has published guidance supporting staff and providing care to communities during Ramadan. Click here to read.  

 

Covid-19

Residential Tenancies and Healthcare Professionals – Covid19 

23.04.2020

Key points:

  • Three months’ notice must now be provided to terminate most residential tenancies. This may increase to a period of six months’ notice as the Covid-19 pandemic evolves.
  • No new possession orders to evict tenants can be sought from the courts until 30 October 2020.
  • Existing possession order applications have been frozen until 30 October 2020.
  • A licence/lodger type agreement - where accommodation is shared with a resident landlord/licensor (or members of their family) - is not affected by the Coronavirus Act 2020, so these arrangements are terminable by reasonable notice to quit. The period of notice required will depend on whether the agreement provides for a defined term or, if the agreement is a rolling agreement with no defined term, the length of notice to quit will be determined by how the rent is paid e.g. a week’s notice for a weekly rent payment, a month’s notice for a monthly rent etc.  

As Covid-19 unleased itself on the UK, placing the country into lockdown, the Government responded with emergency legislation to, amongst other things, protect residential tenants.  The emergency provisions are found in the Coronavirus Act 2020, which took effect on 27 March 2020.   

The Coronavirus Act 2020 provides that notices to terminate specified residential tenancies must, as of 27 March 2020 until 30 September 2020, give three months’ notice to terminate the tenancy.  The Act provides for the three month notice period to be further extended by up to six months, depending on how the Covid-19 pandemic situation plays out.    
The rules which govern how the courts operate have also been amended to put in place, until 30 October 2020, a freeze on new and existing possession claims and applications to enforce possession orders.  

The Coronavirus Act 2020 specifies which types of residential tenancies it applies to and they are:  Rent Act/protected tenancies, Secure tenancies, Assured tenancies, Assured Shorthold tenancies, Flexible tenancies, Demoted and Introductory tenancies.

Assured Shorthold Tenancies 

 
Of the specified types of tenancy, the Assured Shorthold Tenancy is the most common amongst private landlords for lettings of houses and flats.  The statutory definition of an Assured Shorthold Tenancy is: 

“A tenancy of a dwelling-house let as a separate dwelling to an individual who occupies the house as his or her only or principal home which is entered into on or after 28 February 1997 under which the rent is neither more than £10,000 a year nor less than £250 a year (£1,000 in London)”. 

An Assured Shorthold Tenancy grants possession of the premises for a fixed term, often six or twelve months.  Whilst the Assured Shorthold Tenancy is granted for a fixed term, the tenancy does not automatically end at the expiry of the fixed term and, unless the landlord gives notice to terminate the tenancy, it continues to roll on a statutory periodic basis.   
 
For the landlord to end the tenancy either on expiry of the fixed term, or once it has become a statutory periodic tenancy, the landlord must give two months’ notice to terminate the tenancy.  This type of notice is commonly referred to as a s21 notice.   If the tenant does not vacate the premises on expiry of the notice, the landlord must obtain a court order for possession.   
 
To enable a landlord to terminate the Assured Shorthold Tenancy during the fixed term, for example, in the event of the tenant failing to pay the rent or breaching a term of the tenancy, a landlord can serve a notice seeking possession.  This type of notice is commonly referred to as a s8 notice and in respect of which the landlord cannot evict the tenant without a court order for possession. 

In light of the Coronavirus Act 2020, both types of notices, s21 and s8, must, from 27 March 2020 until 30 September 2020 (subject to review, as mentioned above), give a three month notice period to terminate the tenancy.  Further, in view of the 90 day ban on possession proceedings being progressed through the courts, no claim for possession can be progressed until after 30 October 2020. 

Lettings to which the Coronavirus Act 2020 does not apply 

The Coronavirus Act 2020 does not, amongst others, apply to: 

  • Service Occupancies – the accommodation is licensed to the employee by the employer in connection with their job, for example, a housekeeper, live-in carer etc.  This agreement ceases on termination of the employment.   
     
    Note that a Service Occupancy is distinguishable from a Service Tenancy which, whilst provided in connection with employment, is not provided for the purpose of carrying out the employment.  Such a tenancy will continue beyond cessation of the employment, to be terminated according to the particular type of tenancy it is. On that basis, such a tenancy may or may not be affected by the Coronavirus Act 2020 and the 90 day ban on possession proceedings and it would need to be specifically reviewed. 
     
  • Lodger agreements / accommodation shared with a resident landlord / licensor - where a person is sharing accommodation with their landlord/licensor or the landlord/licensor’s family and the landlord/licensor or the landlord/licensor’s family occupies the house or flat as their principal residence.  
     
    It is important to note that, in addition to the Coronavirus Act 2020 not applying to this type of shared accommodation arrangement, it is also (subject to assessing the substance of the agreement) not protected by the Protection from Eviction Act 1977, as a letting of this nature is likely to be an excluded licence or tenancy, as defined by s3A of the Protection from Eviction Act 1977.

    This means that the landlord or licensor does not need to have a court order with which to evict the person (although of course the use of force, threatening behaviour or harassment would be unlawful). In order to evict a person residing under a lodger agreement/accommodation shared with a resident landlord/licensor (or their family), the landlord or licensor, technically, merely needs to give notice to quit to end the agreement on expiry of the term/defined period, or, if the agreement is a rolling agreement with no defined term, the length of notice to quit will be determined by how the rent is paid e.g. a week’s notice for a weekly rent payment, a month’s notice for a monthly rent etc.  As a catch all in any event, a reasonable period of notice to quit should be given.  As stated above, as there is no requirement to obtain a court order for possession, the right to occupy will cease on expiry of the notice. 

    For the avoidance of doubt, each arrangement and agreement should be reviewed on its own facts and merits to assess the substance of the arrangement to identify whether or not it definitely is an excluded licence or tenancy and what contractual arrangements may exist, including the length of the notice to terminate the agreement and any early termination provisions such as a break clause which might enable the agreement to be brought to an end before expiry of the fixed term. 

Conclusion

Whilst each case will turn on its own facts and it is not always immediately obvious what type of letting a person has, the starting point will always be to look at any written agreement and, subject to that, look at the substance of the occupation, including whether the person is paying rent, whether the occupation is for a fixed term/defined period of time, whether the person has exclusive control and possession of the premises, and whether the person is sharing premises with a resident landlord/licensor (or their family).   
 
Understanding and identifying the substance of the occupation, sometimes notwithstanding what the written agreement may say or, indeed, where there is no written agreement, is crucial to identifying the extent of the person’s rights and applicable protection from eviction.   
 
Identifying a person’s rights of occupation and protection from eviction is of course all the more acute in the context of the Covid-19 crisis and any person who is unsure of the status of their occupancy or who is being threatened with eviction should seek immediate legal advice so that the lawfulness of the landlord’s actions can be assessed. 

This legal update has been prepared by Hannah Carter, Legal Director at Brabners LLP www.brabners.com 
 
For College of Paramedics membership and general enquiries please call…07852 371197 

Support for Student Paramedics

Today, we have sent an email to all our student members to ensure they all know what support is available to them and their student colleagues.

23/04/2020

 

Today, we have sent an email to all our student members to ensure they all know what support is available to them and their student colleagues. 

Click here to read. 

 
 

Covid-19

Here you will find the latest information on the current Covid-19 situation

22.04.2020


As you will undoubtedly be aware COVID-19 has been classified as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO) with cases still being confirmed at an increasing rate.  The situation with regards to COVID-19 is therefore changing daily.  The College of Paramedics aims to use this page as a way of communicating with you about the infection and its impact on you and your practice, and as a resource for official sources of further information.
COVID-19 is continuing to place extreme pressures on the NHS and wider health & social care services.  As professionals working on the frontline there is an increased risk of exposure to the virus, and paramedics also have daily contact with potentially at-risk members of the community.  It is imperative that we do all we can to reduce the rate of transmission of COVID-19 within society, to ease the burden on the healthcare system as a whole.

COLLEGE OF PARAMEDICS STATEMENT

The College of Paramedics has released a statement regarding the use of appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when attending patients in cardiac arrest during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Click here to read.

The Royal College of Emergency Medicine

The Royal College of Emergency Medicine has also published a series of guidance and resources.
Click here to read.
 

Student Paramedics

One of the key aims of the College of Paramedics is to provide advice to members and student members alike, and be a source of information and guidance. Currently, life is changing daily, even hourly and at times we know it feels like it is difficult to know where to turn to get accurate, timely advice. 
Click here for our student guidance.

The Health and Care Professions Council

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) have issued a statement recently regarding the suspension of CPD Audits:

Individuals should comply with their CPD obligations, where time allows and if it is possible to do so.  In the current circumstances our Council has taken the decision to cancel the audit process for Physiotherapists as well as stop the audit process for other professions until further notice.” 
www.hcpc-uk.org/covid-19/adapting-how-we-regulate/ 

Wellbeing

As members, you may face situations you have never faced before within the context of COVID-19, particularly as the peak of this pandemic becomes evident.  The current evidence and policy suggest that this is likely to endure over several months which will not only have a continued impact on your workload but will also test your personal resolve.  It is equally important to us that you look after yourselves and your colleagues’ wellbeing during this time and use any support mechanisms that are made available to you.  Some resources that you might find useful are listed here:

 

Staff Support Line

In the current climate of increasing pressures on our healthcare system, our NHS people potentially face significant stresses.  We have introduced a confidential staff support line, operated by the Samaritans and free to access from 7.00 am – 11.00 pm, seven days a week.

Call: 0300 131 7000

You can call for support, signposting and confidential listening.

Alternatively, you can text FRONTLINE to 85258 for support 24/7 via text.

Help and Support

 

TASC, the Ambulance Staff Charity is the leading UK charity providing support to all present and past ambulance staff and their families in time of need, both in the NHS and independent sector. The services are independent of the ambulance service, are confidential, and include:

  • Psychological rehabilitation and counselling including stress and PTSD support
  • Physical rehabilitation
  • Financial grants
  • Debt advice
  • Welfare and other support
  • Bereavement support
To find out more about TASC’s work, visit www.theasc.org.uk or talk to a member of their Support Services team on 0800 1032 999 / support@theasc.org.uk

FURTHER GUIDANCE


Gov.UK COVID-19: Guidance for Ambulance Trusts.
www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-ambulance-trusts/covid-19-guidance-for-ambulance-trusts#identification-of-possible-cases

NHS England and NHS Improvement coronavirus: Community based health and social care and Ambulance Services. 
www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/community-social-care-ambulance/#ambulance

Resuscitation Council (UK) Statements on COVID-19 (Coronavirus), CPR and Resuscitation
www.resus.org.uk/media/statements/resuscitation-council-uk-statements-on-covid-19-coronavirus-cpr-and-resuscitation/

The World Health Organisation Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak information 
www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

Imperial College London Corona virus modelling and research resource
www.imperial.ac.uk/news/

The Library and Knowledge Service (Ambulance Service England) COVID19 - a guide to information resources: https://ambulance.libguides.com/covid19

Letter on the Use of Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (DNACPR)

NHS England and NHS Improvement have issued a letter to all NHS health providers which sets out the importance of delivering care and support in a way that achieves dignity and compassion for each and every person we serve.

14/04/2020

 

This letter from NHS England and NHS Improvement emphasises that blanket policies are inappropriate whether due to medical condition, disability, or age. This is particularly important in regard to ‘do not attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation’ (DNACPR) orders, which should only ever be made on an individual basis and in consultation with the individual or their family.

You can read the full letter here

 

Temporary Registered Student Paramedic and NQP Support Resource

A new student support resource aimed at temporary registered students and NQPs.

14/04/2020


Today we have launched our student support resource. It is primarily aimed at temporary registered students and NQPs, although all students can benefit from its evolving content. This support website has been created in a very short period of time in collaboration with University educators, Ambulance Service colleagues and other passionate and enthusiastic friends around the UK. The main bulk of the content is provided by peers to ensure newly registered paramedics are as well prepared as possible to begin clinical practice today, in the context of Covid-19 and in the future as permanent HCPC registrants. It is envisaged that the site will grow and improve with time, contact details for any questions or further suggestions for content are provided on the website. A huge thank you to all the contributors involved and we hope that you enjoy exploring the new site and continuing your learning journey.   Click here to visit. 

Safeguarding During Covid 19

07/04/2020

Paramedics and colleagues will be conscious of the additional challenges of safeguarding during the Covid 19 response, when many vulnerable persons are likely to be in isolation with those putting them at risk.

Safeguarding professionals are working hard to overcome the challenges of the reduction in face to face contact using remote consultation. More than ever, paramedics are encouraged to be on the alert for signs that a person is at risk and to report concerns using established local procedures. 

The NHS safeguarding app is a useful reference tool and may be downloaded here. Members are also encouraged to follow NHS Safeguarding on Twitter @NHSsafeguarding for up to date information about what is happening around the country.

For further safeguarding discussion and information, and to contribute to future developments, College members can join the FutureNHS platform here. Please note you will need to submit an application to join the platform and await approval.

Free COVID-19 e-Learning Programme

Free, open access to COVID-19 e-learning programme for entire UK health and care workforce

07/04/2020

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) has created an e-learning programme in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic that is free to access, without logging in*, for the entire UK health and care workforce, including those working in the NHS, the independent sector and social care.

The programme includes key materials to help the health and care workforce respond to Coronavirus. The additional content includes new sessions and content curated from different sources such as existing HEE e-LfH sessions and materials from other organisations such as NHS England and NHS Improvement or the World Health Organization.

The COVID-19 programme now includes:

  • Essential Guidance from the NHS, UK Government, WHO and BMJ
  • Public Health England - Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Resources for Staff Working in Critical Care Setting
  • Resources for Staff Working in Acute Hospital Setting
  • Resources for Staff Working in Primary Care and Community Setting
  • Resources for Return to Work Healthcare Staff
  • Resources for Staff being Up-Skilled or Redeployed
  • End of Life Care COVID-19
  • Resources for Paramedics
  • Resources for Pharmacy Staff
  • Equipment Quick Guides
  • Wellbeing for Staff

*HEE e-LfH has removed the requirement to log in to access the Coronavirus (COVID-19) programme to make it as easy as possible for the health and care workforce to access the learning resources. However, be aware that accessing the content without logging in means that your learning activity won’t be tracked and you won’t create a learning record. If you wish to have a learning record to demonstrate your compliance you will need to have an e-LfH account and be logged in. You can register for an e-LfH account using any email address.

For more information about the programme, which is free for the health and care workforce to access without the need to register, visit www.e-lfh.org.uk/coronavirus

 

Guidance for managers on psychosocial support and mental wellbeing of ambulance personnel in a pandemic crisis

This brief guide is for managers, to provide understanding of psychological trauma and distress that may be experienced by frontline ambulance personnel who are responding to pandemic emergencies

06/04/2020

 

In this guidance, evidence-informed advice is provided on how managers may offer psychosocial support to their employees to help sustain their mental resilience and wellbeing.

Download the guidance here

Advice and Guidance to Student Paramedics – Covid-19

06/04/2020


One of the key aims of the College of Paramedics is to provide advice to members and student members alike, and be a source of information and guidance. Currently, life is changing daily, even hourly and at times it feels like it is difficult to know where to turn to get accurate, timely advice. 

The ‘Joint statement on how we will support and enable the student allied health professional workforce to respond to the Covid-19 outbreak’, issued on the 3rd April has guided our message and advice to you now. 

https://councilofdeans.org.uk/2020/04/joint-statement-on-how-we-will-support-and-enable-the-student-allied-health-professional-workforce-to-respond-to-covid-19/

The College is working hard, releasing statements, engaging with stakeholders and lobbying Government to improve the level and adequacy of Personal Protective Equipment for all healthcare staff. The College is also supporting members’ wellbeing through publishing guidance and signposting to a range of online resources.    

 
This is an incredibly difficult time for the NHS and those amazing people working within it, to save the lives of those infected with the corona virus, and to protect and care for all those that aren’t suffering the disease. 

Student paramedics now have a choice to make. Do you wish to volunteer to undertake work in an appropriate role (related to your current capability/scope of practice) or would you prefer to stay home and complete your studies? 

 It is important that you weigh up all the risks involved with working on the frontline.

  • You do not have to explain your choice or justify your decision.
  • Do not bow to peer pressure.
  • This is a personal decision unique to you and your circumstances.
  • Try not to feel like you are letting people down.
  • These are not normal circumstances.
  • You can change your mind.

Your role during Covid-19

As clinical placements have been paused,1st year students should be continuing with their university programme online. This means you will focus on the academic and theoretical part of your education and provision will be made to enable clinical hours to be achieved during year two and year three. If you have the spare time you could put yourself forward to support the NHS in a suitable non-clinical non-patient facing role.   Students who are in their second year of their BSc (3rd year in Scotland), first year of an MSc, or students who are in their final year and have not yet completed their clinical placements will be invited to opt into a revised programme structure where they work in a paid support worker role which will be remunerated (indicative Agenda for Change (AfC) band 3). These roles may be able to be used to support achievement of required clinical placement time or at least a percentage of this; Universities will determine if this is the case. This is intended to maintain learning and progression whilst recognising the reduced capacity currently within the health and care system to support and facilitate clinical placements.    All final year student paramedics who have completed their clinical placements and been approved by their Higher Education Institution (HEI) as ready for practice have been automatically registered on a new Temporary Register by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). These temporary registered students are invited to join the workforce as paramedics (indicative AfC band 5).  

It is worth pointing out that you will still be a student and you should endeavour to maintain studies in between employed work so that you are in the best situation to finish any assessments and apply to the permanent HCPC register once the imminent threat of COVID-19 has subsided and/or the temporary register is disbanded. 

The HCPC and the Temporary Register 

The HCPC have recently released a draft document ‘Statement of Approach to Fitness to Practise During Covid-19’, stating “Any concern we receive about a registrant on the COVID-19 temporary or student registers may be taken into account should that registrant apply for permanent registration with the HCPC in future”. This is something to seriously consider before you take on the role and responsibilities of a temporary registered paramedic. It is also worth pointing out that the level of clinical supervision or supportive practice education may vary considerably dependent upon employer. This, in the context of potentially difficult clinical and ethical decisions could be very challenging for some.  

Student membership

  Student paramedics who are members of the College have the benefit of Fitness to Practise advice and representation should they encounter any difficulty in obtaining permanent registration, on the basis of any fitness to practise concerns raised whilst they were a student.  
Student paramedics who are members of the College also receive the regular Paramedic INSIGHT magazine and have access to over 150 presentations on the CPD Hub to help with ongoing learning and continual professional development.  

Your ongoing studies  

It is vital that you continue your studies. The College of Paramedics is of the opinion that no student should undertake a full-time contract of employment at this challenging time.  

The student nurses are undertaking a clinical/academic split, and so should student paramedics. We advise that it should be no more than 60% of your time in a clinical or support role and at least 40% of your time with paramedic science studies. This should include support for your wellbeing by your University, including access to counselling or psychological support. This is fully in line with other AHPs and agreed with Health Education England and the Department of Health. 

This journey will be challenging, and we should consider the long haul and the need for resilience. Please do not be pressurised into full-time clinical work and stopping your studies. We need you safe and well to progress to the next academic year and/or progress to graduation and the full paramedic register.  

If you are not a member of the College of Paramedics, now is the time for you to consider the worth of that. If you need any further help, advice or guidance, we are ready to assist you. The College fully supports all its members and is happy to talk to you one to one on the telephone or by email.  
 

COVID-19 Ambulance Response Assessment Study (CARA)

Ambulance service personnel are always under pressure. But now we are facing a global pandemic, are you ready?

02/04/2020

 

The College of Paramedics is leading a UK wide survey in collaboration with the National Ambulance Research Steering Group exploring how staff feel about their health and wellbeing and the activities being undertaken during this global pandemic.

Who do we need to hear from?

Paramedics in any setting, or other ambulance service personnel (NHS or private) who are undertaking direct patient care either face to face (e.g. ambulances, surgeries, prisons, hospitals etc) or remotely (e.g. EOC/EAC/CCC; 111/NHS24).

What is Involved?

You are invited to share your experiences at three points during the pandemic: before, during and after the peak of the outbreak in the UK. Each survey will take about 10 minutes of your time.

This survey is being advertised through some NHS Trusts as well, so please only fill the questionnaire in once.

How do I get involved?

To participate in this study you must fill it in before midnight on 10th April 2020

Click Here: https://herts.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/cara-study 

College of Paramedics Statement Regarding Cardiac Arrest Management of Patients With COVID-19

27/03/2020


The COVID-19 pandemic is a dynamically changing situation and it is important that the College of Paramedics keeps its members updated on the latest and best evidence. The College is also keen to rapidly share any new treatment guidelines for patients where there are safety implications on clinical practice.

One such issue is the management of a cardiac arrest, where there is a need to wear appropriate PPE to adequately protect the clinicians on scene and safely manage the patient. This is particularly so during an aerosol-generating procedure (AGP). The College Board has considered and discussed this and has agreed that, given the limited evidence available, and for the consideration of its members, we recommend and concur with the position of the Resuscitation Council UK (RCUK) that chest compressions are an AGP and that staff should wear the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) to deal with such situations.

The RCUK’s latest statement says, “During CPR, there is always the potential for rescuers to be exposed to bodily fluids, and for procedures (e.g. chest compressions, tracheal intubation or ventilation) to generate an infectious aerosol.” We therefore strongly recommend that Level 3 PPE is used for all cardiac arrest situations or airway management where there is any possibility of COVID-19 being present, (www.resus.org.uk/media/statements/resuscitation-council-uk-statements-on-covid-19-coronavirus-cpr-and-resuscitation) The College of Paramedics recognises the challenge that this may cause employers, and we know that many trusts are already working to this principle, but it is the professional body’s responsibility to inform our members of our position and to review further evidence as it emerges.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued professionalism and dedication.

Living Life to the Full

Feeling scared? Uncertain? Angry? 

26/03/2020

 

We’re all used to saying a cheery “not so bad” and carrying on. Things may have felt pressured for some time - but Covid-19 has supercharged that. Many staff members feel scared for themselves and their families. Here’s some ideas to stay physically and mentally fit during this tough time.

Download the LLTTF Coronavirus Health Worker guide here

Letter to the Rt Hon Matt Hancock

The College of Paramedics has recently written a letter to Matt Hancock the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care regarding personal protective equipment for paramedics. 

23/03/2020

The College of Paramedics has recently written a letter to Matt Hancock the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care regarding personal protective equipment for paramedics. 

Guidance to Student Paramedics

These are very challenging times with numerous cancellations of clinical placements and restrictions of what students can and cannot do. The College of Paramedics has been working very hard and continues to do so, in dealing with a moving agenda of priorities.

23/03/2020

These are very challenging times with numerous cancellations of clinical placements and restrictions of what students can and cannot do. The College of Paramedics has been working very hard and continues to do so, in dealing with a moving agenda of priorities.

We have liaised with every single paramedic science programme-lead linked to an approved HCPC pre-registration programme. The messages received back to us changed this week from placements as normal through to many restrictions on what you could and could not do and in recent days, universities and ambulance services stopping all placements.  We recognise this is out of your control and the universities have told us that a very supportive approach will be taken by them to help you progress from this year into next year and indeed to be ready to graduate. A very flexible approach is being taken by the HCPC in relation to final assessments and sign-off against Standards of Proficiency. Your HEI will advise on this as they rethink examination regulations.

There is an ongoing discussion to allow some final-year student paramedics to gain employment early and hold a temporary registration with the HCPC.  In addition, students may be approached at all years to undertake an Emergency Care Assistant (or equivalent) job role. This is optional, and you need to think carefully and decide if this is the right path for you at this stage in your development. We know you want to help and feel like you are contributing, that is why you wanted to become a paramedic in the first place.

The College recognises these are unprecedented times in relation to the sudden and unexpected pressure on the whole national health system, therefore it requires brave responses from us all. Chief Executive, Tracy Nicholls, the Executive Team and Trustees are in constant dialogue with senior leaders across the health service and together we will lead the profession through these times of unprecedented challenge.

We have expressed our personal concern on your behalf on the lack of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) available both for students and all front-line staff. We have asked that all students can chose to work or not work and stay and study, a discussion which should be had with your HEI in the first instance.  We feel you should be given full uniform and protective equipment that is equivalent to that provided to all staff on the front-line. We have asked that you are paid whilst receiving any additional training to undertake your role effectively. We have also been lobbying for full COVID-19 testing to be available to all our members exposed on the clinical front line.

All clinical experience should be beneficial to your development, but it also exposes you to stress and serious challenges as you make complex decisions that may impact on your own mental health and wellbeing. If you decide to take on these operational roles, you must be realistic and ensure that you have access to appropriate support.  We would encourage you to maintain an open dialogue with your colleagues and your tutors. You may be asked to fulfil a role that you had not expected to for some time to come; for example, you may not have a practice educator supporting you and you may be asked to make tough clinical decisions, on your own, in difficult circumstances.

We are continuing to work on your behalf, and we want to express our thanks and deepest gratitude for what some of you will be doing this summer.

College of Paramedics National Conference 2020 Postponement

Important information about this year's National Conference

17.03.2020

The COVID19 (Coronavirus) outbreak brings with it an increasing number of concerns and it has now been characterised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a pandemic.  As a result, we have seen our NHS and primary and secondary care facilities come under increasing pressure to cope with the demand this virus places upon our health and social care systems.  

After a careful and considered assessment of the situation, whilst holding the health, safety and wellbeing of our delegates at the forefront of our decisions, the College finds itself with no other alternative but to postpone our National Conference, which was due to take place on the 13th & 14th May. 

This decision aims to minimise the health risks related to the spreading of COVID-19 and to address the increasing and significant travel difficulties for both speakers and delegates. Considering these implications, we believe that postponing the conference to a future date is the best solution at this time. This will allow participants to attend safely and maintain the high level of quality of our conference programme.

Please be assured that this decision has not been taken lightly and that all necessary measures are in place to ensure the event retains its status as a highly regarded conference. 

We thank you for your patience and your understanding.

Please download the postponement FAQ's below for further information. 

Statement From the College of Paramedics During the Covid-19 Outbreak

The College of Paramedics' statement on the current Covid-19 situation

13/03/2020

Currently COVID19 has been classified as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation with cases still being confirmed at an increasing rate. We know that the NHS and primary and secondary care across all of our four nations will be facing extreme pressure which may be exacerbated by staff becoming unwell themselves. We also recognise that many of you provide care for your own families and that could increase anxiety for you, particularly as those family members may be elderly or have underlying medical conditions. It is not an understatement to say that this is one of the most significant public health crises that this country has ever seen. We know that you will respond to these challenges with great professionalism and dedication but we also understand that many of you will be anxious about the potential for temporary changes to clinical practice and how our regulators, the HCPC, will react to that.

It is likely that the spread of transmission will require you, as healthcare professionals, to be pragmatic but flexible about your normal working practices. Whilst we recognise most of you work in unique environments regularly it is possible that you will be asked to work in different and unfamiliar settings, but we would anticipate that this would be based on need and in order to support patients in the most appropriate way. We understand that while you may be concerned by this, we give our reassurance that the College of Paramedics is in consultation with employers and other agencies involved in clinical practice and strategic planning. Whilst our professional standards remain the guiding principle, the HCPC has issued a joint statement with other regulatory bodies to make registrants aware that these challenging times will require a different approach to the application of those standards. Click here for this information.

We know that you will continue to use professional judgement in line with your education, training and experience and support your more junior colleagues wherever you are able. As members, you may face situations you have never faced before within the context of COVID19, particularly as the peak of this pandemic becomes evident. It is forecast that this is likely to endure over several months which will not only have a continued impact on your workload but will also test your personal resolve. It is equally important to us that you look after yourselves and your colleagues’ wellbeing during this time and use any support mechanisms that are made available to you.

We have also considered our student membership and are liaising with the higher education institutes to explore a sensible solution for clinical placements during this time. We want to ensure that students are not exposed to high-risk areas unnecessarily during their placements and that their educational commitments can still be honoured. We understand from universities that they are following medical advice issued by the Government and therefore have been balanced in light of current evidence. All universities are providing regular updates, bulletins and online links so that students are fully informed.  

Finally, may we say a heartfelt thank you for everything you are doing to support the health system and the public, wherever you are working. The response and commitment you have shown is extraordinary and the profession has shown itself to be adaptable, dynamic and dedicated. As a professional body, we can only express our pride at your response, and we will continue to represent and support you in any way we can during this extremely challenging time.  

Members should follow the advice laid out by Public Health England
www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-ambulance-trusts and
www.gov.uk/government/publications/wn-cov-guidance-for-primary-care and keep updated with the latest guidance as it can quickly change.

RSPH launches refreshed public health toolkit for healthcare professionals

The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) has published a toolkit to support healthcare professionals to record and measure their public health impact

12/03/2020

The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) has published a toolkit to support healthcare professionals to record and measure their public health impact. Everyday Interactions: A Refresh, provides an update of the resources developed in 2017 by RSPH and Public Health England (PHE), following an evaluation throughout 2019.
 
The ‘Everyday Interactions’ toolkit provides clear and concise guidance for health and care professionals wishing to record and measure their public health impact based on a Making Every Contact Count (MECC) framework.
 
Included in the toolkit are 11 impact pathways professionals based on key public health priorities, including childhood obesity, mental wellbeing, smoking and dementia. In addition, a new generic pathway has been developed and can be used to combine pathways or to add in public health priorities not covered by the 11 separate pathways.
 
The updated report includes an evaluation of the toolkit, comprising a number of case studies, findings from qualitative interviews and a survey of healthcare professionals.
 
The survey found that:

  • Over three in four professionals (76%) stated that the impact pathways provided them with an opportunity to reflect on the practice and delivery of healthy conversations.
  • Over half said that the pathways made it easier to record brief interventions/healthy conversations (61%) and to more routinely record healthy conversations (56%).
    The report also contains economic modelling of the benefits of using MECC in routine clinical practice.

RSPH is calling for: 

  • Healthcare leaders to incorporate Everyday Interactions into thinking at system level
  • Everyday Interactions to be used as a means of linking into social prescribing
  • Commissioners to include Everyday Interactions in service-level agreements
  • RSPH, PHE and other stakeholders to increase their communications around Everyday Interactions

Shirley Cramer, Chief Executive of RSPH, said:
“We are pleased to launch this refreshed toolkit in collaboration with Public Health England. By focusing on the public health impact of a broad range of healthcare professions - from nurses and midwives, to dentists, allied health professionals and pharmacists – this toolkit equips and supports professionals to engage with patients in order to support them to live healthier lives, and vitally, find out what matters to them.”
 
Linda Hindle, Public Health England’s Lead Allied Health Professional, said:
“This toolkit was developed in response to requests from health and care professionals who wanted to understand the impact of their routine healthy conversations on the public’s health.  Those who use the resources find them to be valuable, we now need to spread the word to encourage wider awareness and uptake of this toolkit.”
 
Viv Bennett, Public Health England’s Chief Nurse, said:
“We are delighted to embed the impact pathways from this refreshed toolkit into PHE’s All Our Health Framework.  Together they support health and care professionals to engage in and measure the impact of interventions to improve health and wellbeing.”
 
Gul Root, Public Health England’s Lead Public Health Pharmacist, said:
“The Everyday Interactions toolkit refreshed by the Royal Society for Public Health is a great way of providing pharmacy teams with a tool to record and measure the impact of their public health interventions in a systematic way.  This information will help to build the evidence for the contribution pharmacy teams make to improving the health of people in this country as well as provide assurance to commissioners to influence their commissioning decisions.”
 
Helen Donovan, Professional Lead for Public Health Nursing at the Royal College of Nursing, said:
“I really welcome the resource which is designed to support nurses and all health care professionals record measure and monitor those everyday contacts which support people to adopt healthier lifestyles or support early recognition and intervention. Using the tools can help ensure these actions are valued and resources properly targeted to where they are needed to improve the public’s health and wellbeing. The resource is not a replacement for investment in the nursing workforce that is needed to deliver the support some patients need to live healthier lives.”

 

2020 Research grants scheme

The College of Paramedics is running a small grant scheme that aims to support members to carry out research studies

10/03/2020

 

The College of Paramedics is running a small grant scheme that aims to support members to carry out research studies.

A maximum of three studies will be funded to a maximum of £1,250 each. The money can be used to support any aspect of the study including, but not limited to: 

  • salary costs
  • specific research equipment
  • specific software, for example, for analysis
  • support costs for lay/public involvement if these cannot be sourced elsewhere
  • transcription

The money cannot be used to pay for fees or travel costs incurred as part of a programme of study or conference attendance.

Applications for funding are invited from members of the College of Paramedics who are interested in enhancing their research activity. Applications can be from an individual person, or a team of people, but cannot be used towards part of a study that is already in receipt of funding from elsewhere.

Criteria for eligibility:

  • The lead applicant must be a current full member of the College of Paramedics
  • The applicant(s) must demonstrate that the study is relevant to the Paramedic profession
  • The proposed project should be completed within 12 months 
  • The successful award holder(s) must agree to publish their main paper to include results/findings in the British Paramedic Journal before publishing elsewhere
  • The researcher(s) must not be in receipt of any other funding associated with this study
  • The College of Paramedics must be acknowledged in all publications and/or conference presentations as having contributed financially to the study
  • Lead applicants cannot have held an award from the College’s Small Grants Scheme in the preceding 24 months.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact: Professor Julia Williams, Head of Research julia.williams@collegeofparamedics.co.uk
 

Closing date is September 20th 2020 

Call for entries for the Dr John Hinds Scholarship

The College of Paramedics, in association with Galen, the privately-owned pharmaceutical sales and marketing company, is calling on all levels of pre-hospital responders on the island of Ireland to take part in this exciting opportunity to win a place at the much-coveted Anaesthesia Trauma and Critical Care (ATACC) course, widely accepted as the most advanced trauma course currently available across the globe. 

06/03/2020

The College of Paramedics, in association with Galen, the privately-owned pharmaceutical sales and marketing company, is calling on all levels of pre-hospital responders on the island of Ireland to take part in this exciting opportunity to win a place at the much-coveted Anaesthesia Trauma and Critical Care (ATACC) course, widely accepted as the most advanced trauma course currently available across the globe. 
 
This scholarship is presented in memory of the late Dr John Hinds who was considered an inspirational leader by paramedics and emergency medical technicians and indeed by anyone with an interest in pre-hospital care within Ireland. He selflessly gave a huge amount of his own time to educating and supporting paramedics and ambulance staff throughout the Island of Ireland. As such, a scholarship in his name is a fitting and practical way to preserve the memory of such a well-respected and much-admired colleague and medical professional.
 
Entrants are required to write a case study, written to protect patient confidentiality, using original text, and with all appropriate references included. It must be countersigned by a paramedic colleague who is prepared to confirm that your submission is a genuine case study. Submissions should be 750 to 1,000 words in length, excluding references and appendices.
 
The recipient of the scholarship will be funded to attend an ATACC course in the UK, in addition to associated travel costs. 

Dr Dennise Broderick, Galen’s Managing Director & President said: “This award provides a unique opportunity for healthcare professionals to advance their expertise and gain access to a highly coveted training programme. 
 
She added: “Dr Hinds was an incredibly inspirational individual who dedicated his life to helping others and Galen is therefore proud to support this annual scholarship programme in his honour.”
 
As a condition of the award the recipient will be required to submit their case study for publication in Paramedic INSIGHT, along with a follow-up article that describes the experience attending the ATACC course. 

Submissions must be made using the Dr John Hinds Scholarship Award Entry Form and submitted via email to awards@collegeofparamedics.co.uk. The College Honours and Awards Committee will then select the winning piece. 

Submissions should be sent to awards@collegeofparamedics.co.uk and must be received by 1200hrs on 6th April 2020

The award will be presented to the winner on May 13, 2020 at the College of Paramedics Awards ceremony at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole. 
 
David Murtagh, who, in 2019 was the first recipient of this prestigious scholarship said: “I was honoured to be selected as the inaugural recipient of the Dr John Hinds Scholarship. The Anaesthesia Trauma & Critical Care (ATACC) course offered three days of immersive, high-fidelity simulations involving wrecked cars/trains/buildings, local trauma units and major trauma centres. These were interspersed with practical skills stations and up-to-date relevant lectures, all delivered by a large and expert international faculty.  The training I underwent highlighted the standard of trauma care we should be delivering, not just within a major trauma-centre setting, but also throughout our local emergency departments and in our communities.”
 
David is a paramedic registered with the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council in the Republic of Ireland and has been working for the National Ambulance Service for three years. He is also an experienced mountain and cave rescue volunteer.

College of Paramedics Elections 2020

The College of Paramedics is seeking members with an interest in representing their colleagues and the paramedic profession.

04/03/2020

The College of Paramedics is seeking members with an interest in representing their colleagues and the paramedic profession.

Nominations are invited by eligible members of the College for the following positions:

Representative Trustee Positions Alternate Positions
Northern Ireland Scotland
Scotland* Wales
Wales* London*
East of England East Midlands*
Great Western* South Central*
East Midlands* South West*
Independent* North West*
Military East of England*
  Great Western*
  Student*

*Denotes a vacancy or casual appointment

In accordance with the College of Paramedics Articles of Association and Bylaws 4 and 5, notice is given of the above positions for election to enable formal declarations to be made at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the College of Paramedics on Wednesday 13th May 2020. It is important that members wishing to stand for election should familiarise themselves with Bylaws 4 and 5 which are available to download on the College’s website.

Eligible members are full members who are currently subscribed with the College of Paramedics and only full and subscribed members are eligible to stand and to vote. The only exceptions to this are the student member and student alternate seats which are non-voting positions on the Board and are thus open to student members for nominations and open to all student members to vote for candidates entering the elections. 

Full members wishing to stand for election will need to receive nominations from four full and subscribed members and students members wishing to stand should receive nominations from four subscribed student members.

The Articles of Association, Bylaws and the Trustees Duties and Commitments are available as related links to this notice.

Board Structure

The Board structure is currently under review and an announcement regarding this will be made at the Annual General Meeting. It is proposed the Representative Trustees will form a Council, whilst the Trustee Official positions (not included in this election process) will form the Board. If you have any questions regarding the structure, the roles or the election process please contact Penny Jones, Head of Administrative Services (penny.jones@collegeofparamedics.co.uk / 01278 420014).

Timetable for Elections

 The Bylaws set out the general timetable for the electoral process which for 2020 is set out in the table below.  Because the appointments are to be formally announced at the AGM on the 13th May 2020, notice is being given 70 days in advance of the AGM.Nominations must be received within 28 days of the formal notice, which in this case is by no later than 17.00 hours on 1st April 2020. 

Timetable for 2020 elections:

Action Provision Date
Formally give notice of elections   70 days before AGM    4 March 2020   
Nominations to be received Within 28 days of formal notice 1 April 2020
Send out Ballot papers No later than 28 days before AGM 15 April 2020
Ballot papers returned No later than 7 days before AGM 6 May 2020
Board declares ballot At AGM 13 May 2020

 

Receipt of submissions and nominations

 Members wishing to stand for election for one of the above positions, should ensure their submission and nominations are received by the Company Secretary by no later than 5pm on 1st April 2020. Submissions and nominations can be emailed to penny.jones@collegeofparamedics.co.uk and should be marked for the attention of the Company Secretary.  Alternatively they can be posted to:

Head of Administrative Services
The College of Paramedics
The Exchange
Express Park
Bristol Road
Bridgwater
TA6 4RR

The College of Paramedics will commission an independent Company to manage ballots and the count of ballot papers.

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Health Equity in England: The Marmot Review 10 years on

This article by Linda Hindle, Deputy Chief AHP Officer for England highlights the key messages in the review report.

04/03/2020

 

On the 24th of February Professor Sir Michael Marmot and the Institute of Health Equity published ‘Health Equity in England: The Marmot Review 10 years on’.

The below article by Linda Hindle, Deputy Chief AHP Officer for England highlights the key messages in the review report.

Statement From the HCPC

The HCPC issue statement on how they will continue to regulate in light of novel coronavirus

03/03/2020

 

Currently COVID19 has been classified as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation with cases still being confirmed at an increasing rate. We know that the NHS and primary and secondary care across all of our four nations will be facing extreme pressure which may be exacerbated by staff becoming unwell themselves. We also recognise that many of you provide care for your own families and that could increase anxiety for you, particularly as those family members may be elderly or have underlying medical conditions. It is not an understatement to say that this is one of the most significant public health crises that this country has ever seen. We know that you will respond to these challenges with great professionalism and dedication but we also understand that many of you will be anxious about the potential for temporary changes to clinical practice and how our regulators, the HCPC, will react to that.

It is likely that the spread of transmission will require you, as healthcare professionals, to be pragmatic but flexible about your normal working practices. Whilst we recognise most of you work in unique environments regularly it is possible that you will be asked to work in different and unfamiliar settings, but we would anticipate that this would be based on need and in order to support patients in the most appropriate way. We understand that while you may be concerned by this, we give our reassurance that the College of Paramedics is in consultation with employers and other agencies involved in clinical practice and strategic planning. Whilst our professional standards remain the guiding principle, the HCPC has issued a joint statement with other regulatory bodies to make registrants aware that these challenging times will require a different approach to the application of those standards. Click here for this information.

We know that you will continue to use professional judgement in line with your education, training and experience and support your more junior colleagues wherever you are able. As members, you may face situations you have never faced before within the context of COVID19, particularly as the peak of this pandemic becomes evident. It is forecast that this is likely to endure over several months which will not only have a continued impact on your workload but will also test your personal resolve. It is equally important to us that you look after yourselves and your colleagues’ wellbeing during this time and use any support mechanisms that are made available to you.

We have also considered our student membership and are liaising with the higher education institutes to explore a sensible solution for clinical placements during this time. We want to ensure that students are not exposed to high-risk areas unnecessarily during their placements and that their educational commitments can still be honoured. We understand from universities that they are following medical advice issued by the Government and therefore have been balanced in light of current evidence. All universities are providing regular updates, bulletins and online links so that students are fully informed.  

Finally, may we say a heartfelt thank you for everything you are doing to support the health system and the public, wherever you are working. The response and commitment you have shown is extraordinary and the profession has shown itself to be adaptable, dynamic and dedicated. As a professional body, we can only express our pride at your response, and we will continue to represent and support you in any way we can during this extremely challenging time.  

Members should follow the advice laid out by Public Health England:
www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-ambulance-trusts
www.gov.uk/government/publications/wn-cov-guidance-for-primary-care 
And keep updated with the latest guidance as it can quickly change.

Evaluation of Principles for Continuing Professional Development and Lifelong Learning

All College of Paramedics members and their colleagues are invited to take part in a short survey evaluating the impact of  Principles for Continuing Professional Development and Lifelong Learning

24/02/2020

 

All College of Paramedics members and their colleagues are invited to take part in a short survey evaluating the impact of  Principles for Continuing Professional Development and Lifelong Learning, published in January 2019 and available on the College website here .
 
The survey will help the Interprofessional CPD and Lifelong Learning UK Collaborative to gain insight into your experience of the Principles document and support further action regarding the importance of CPD and LLL for all health and social care professionals.
 
Please find the link to the survey here
 
It will take approximately five minutes to complete this survey.
 
Thank you in anticipation.
 
The Interprofessional CPD and Lifelong Learning UK Collaborative

National recruitment campaign for paramedics, radiographers and nurses begins

Talented teenagers and career switchers are being encouraged to become NHS paramedics, radiographers and nurses, as part of a new national campaign launched today by Health Secretary Matt Hancock.

03/03/2020


It is the first Government campaign to target vital allied health professionals, as well as nurses, who have been identified as priorities for the NHS to recruit in order to build the workforce of the future. It will help deliver 50,000 more nurses and 26,000 more primary care professionals, including paramedics and physiotherapists, by 2024/25.

Students training towards the careers highlighted in the campaign will benefit from the new £5,000 annual maintenance grant to help with their living costs. 

Extra payments worth up to £3,000 a year will also be available for specialisms that are struggling to recruit, or those with childcare responsibilities. This new funding package will benefit around 100,000 students every year.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said:

“I am in awe of the skill and dedication our NHS people demonstrate every day, and I'm determined to deliver on our commitment to have 50,000 more nurses and 26,000 primary care professionals in the NHS by 2025.

“From the split-second life-saving decisions made by paramedics to the cool calm analysis carried out by radiographers, everything they do is underpinned by talent, teamwork and compassion. It’s also one of the most rewarding jobs out there, helping to save and improve people’s lives on a daily basis.

“If you think you have what it takes, I encourage you to consider a career in the NHS as an allied health professional or nurse. From September this year, students will benefit from a generous new financial support package worth at least £5,000 a year.”


The Department of Health and Social Care campaign is aimed at teenagers preparing to apply for university and career switchers, as well as those qualified and ready to apply for vacancies. 

Prerana Issar, Chief People Officer for the NHS said: 

“The NHS is extraordinary and as well as already being the best place to get care, I’m committed to making it the best place to work, through the NHS People Plan. 
 
“As our health service continues to roll out our Long Term Plan and treat record numbers of patients it is vital that, alongside recruiting an additional 50,000 nurses, we champion what a fulfilling and varied career the NHS provides. We need to ensure we’re attracting the most talented and motivated people so we can continue to deliver the world class service our patients have come to expect.”


The drive is the latest phase of the multi-channel ‘We Are The NHS’ recruitment campaign which will use TV, cinema, video on demand, social media, paid search, radio and stakeholder engagement to encourage people to find out more about the careers and register to receive personalised career advice via email.

The NHS first launched ‘We are the NHS’ in 2018 with an initial priority to increase the nursing workforce and inspire the next generation of NHS nurses.

Over the last year the number of nurses in the NHS has increased by over 8,500 as the Government works to deliver 50,000 more nurses by 2025. 

The latest UCAS statistics show the number of people applying to study nursing at English universities has risen for the second year running, with 6% more applicants compared to 2019.

The campaign targets the Allied Health roles identified as being the most in need based on the NHS Long Term Plan and interim NHS People Plan. These are Occupational Therapists, Paramedics, Podiatrist, Diagnostic Radiographers, Therapeutic Radiographers, Orthoptists, Physiotherapists, Prosthetists and Orthotists. The campaign also targets all nursing roles.

Suzanne Rastrick, Chief Allied Health Professions Officer for England, said: 
 
“Training to become an AHP is one of the best choices I have made – they are roles that can take you to every part of the NHS and as far as you want to go, helping people at every stage of their lives. And as we deliver our Long Term Plan to improve services for patients across the country, there’s never been a better time to choose a career as an AHP in the NHS.”


 

NHS England and NHS Improvement - Coronavirus Briefing

Latest briefing on the coronavirus from NHSEI.

23/03/2020

Dear colleague,

Please find attached the latest briefing on the coronavirus from NHSEI.

Download guidance below

Paramedics Feature in Update to the GP Contract Agreement

The British Medical Association and NHS England have just released details of an important update to the contract for General Practitioners in the UK

10/02/2020

 

The British Medical Association and NHS England have just released details of an important update to the contract for General Practitioners in the UK. An increasing number of College of Paramedics members now work in General Practice as part of multi-disciplinary teams and it is encouraging to see paramedic roles included in the contract. Here are two highlights for paramedics:

  • Paramedics will be included in the Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme (ARRS) from April 2021.
  • The contract indicates a requirement to have a relevant Master’s degree, to work as an Advanced Paramedic Practitioner within a Primary Care Network (PCN). 

The College of Paramedics welcomes the inclusion of paramedics in the ARRS, and the recognition of the impact our profession can have in Primary Care. We are aware of the retention challenges facing traditional ambulance employers and we are working with employers, PCNs and our members to ensure that paramedics are able to fulfil their potential in a wide range of roles. 
 
The new contract may be accessed at https://www.england.nhs.uk/publication/investment-and-evolution-update-to-the-gp-contract-agreement-20-21-23-24

 

Diploma in Primary and Urgent Care – Grandparenting Opportunity

The College of Paramedics is pleased to announce an opportunity for those who passed the Paramedic Practitioner exam under SECAMB and are still practising in Primary and Urgent Care to apply to be awarded the new Diploma

07/02/2020

In 2017 the College of Paramedics took over from South East Coast Ambulance Service the responsibility for running what is now known as the Diploma in Primary and Urgent Care (DipPUC).  Formerly the SECAMB Paramedic Practitioner Exam, the DipPUC provides a robust, authentic and defensible assessment of skills and knowledge in primary and urgent care, as a benchmark of competence in specialist practice.

The College of Paramedics is pleased to announce an opportunity for those who passed the Paramedic Practitioner exam under SECAMB and are still practising in Primary and Urgent Care to apply to be awarded the new Diploma.  To be considered for this ‘grandparenting’ process you must be able to:

  • Provide your original certificate and/or results letter
  • Details of the month, year and venue where you undertook the Paramedic Practitioner OSCE and AKT
  • Evidence to validate any change of name since achieving the Paramedic Practitioner certificate
  • Evidence of current professional registration (e.g. HCPC number)
  • Evidence that you are currently practising in Primary and Urgent Care*
  • Provide your preferred postal address to send your DipPUC certificate, upon validation of the above evidence.

(*Practising may include teaching, managerial or research roles)

NB please note the following:

  • If you only sat one component of the exam (AKT or OSCEs), you will need to provide clear evidence of achievement and successfully complete the other component before you can be awarded the DipPUC.
  • The College does not hold certificates or results letters for those who passed the exam prior to October 2017

There is a fee for this service:  £25 for College of Paramedics members and £50 for non-members.  

Please send requests for certification to Examinations Manager Yvonne Cooze at yvonne.cooze@collegeofparamedics.co.uk 

 

Paramedic students will get £5,000 support payment each year

We are very pleased the Government has announced... 'Paramedic students will get £5,000 support payment each year'

20/01/2020

We are very pleased the Government has announced... 'Paramedic students will get £5,000 support payment each year'. 

A huge thank you to every one of you that posted, penned and pushed for this change. #ParaStudent #ParaFuture

Read more at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/paramedic-students-will-get-5000-support-payment-each-year