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, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The College of Paramedics was established in 2001, is a membership organisation with nearly 20,000 members and also, since 2015, is a Charity, registered with the Charities Commission. Membership is open to all UK paramedics registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), student paramedics who are studying for a qualification leading to eligibility to apply for registration with the HCPC and those who have an interest in the paramedic profession and healthcare delivery. 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. All members, regardless of background have access to a wide variety of learning resources that provide high quality continuing professional development (CPD) across a range of platforms and also at many events held around the UK.
The College of Paramedics supports the paramedic profession through publication of a wide range of documents that underpin the profession, including undergraduate and post graduate curricula, practice education guidance and a post graduate career framework. 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 Research and Development Advisory Committee has a strategic role in shaping research policy and activity on behalf of the College of Paramedics. The College of Paramedics has its own journal, the British Paramedic Journal, available online to its members.
The College of Paramedics provides professional support services to paramedics including legal representation and peer support for those under investigation by the regulator. The College of Paramedics further represents the interests of paramedics and ambulance clinicians by providing a contact point for the media, publishing social media guidance, and by responding to consultation documents and requests for advice from government, and other professional and registrant bodies.