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Are you about to register (or have you recently registered) as a paramedic with the HCPC?

Posted: 23.05.2019

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If so, do you want to be part of the International Paramedic Anxiety, Wellbeing and Stress Study (IPAWS)?

I am delighted to say that the College of Paramedics has been offered a chance to involve members registering with the HCPC between April and September 2019 in the first world-wide research study looking at paramedic well-being from the point of registration through your first few years. However, clearly the choice to participate is down to you individually from this point forward. This study has been approved by a number of ethics committees in the UK as well as the NZ ethics committees.

If you are interested, and are registering with the HCPC between April 1st and September 30th 2019, it will only take a few minutes to get enrolled on the study - which will follow you through your first few years - so you will be part of a longitudinal cohort study!!!  

International Paramedic Anxiety, Wellbeing and Stress Study (IPAWS)

What is the purpose of the project?
It has been suggested that working as a paramedic may increase the risk of suffering from a number of stress related health conditions, such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), burnout, anxiety and depression. It has been noted that there are high attrition rates for personnel working in the emergency services, which may be related to mental wellbeing, or poor job satisfaction. However, it has also been suggested an individual’s level of resilience and how much social support they can count on may affect the impact of trauma and stress.

There has never been a long-term study of wellbeing in paramedics.  This study aims to identify any changes in mental wellbeing and job satisfaction in relation to resilience and social support among newly graduated paramedics over a five-year period.
So if you feel you would like to contribute to the body of evidence related to paramedic practice and if you have either just registered as a Paramedic, or will be registering before the end of September 2019, then click on the following link - remember that no research is 'perfect' - but hopefully you will find this a valuable experience. This link will give you all the information about the study so you can make a fully informed decision as to whether to participate. You need to enrol on the study by 31st May 2019 so there is only a short window of opportunity to get involved.

If you have any questions, please do contact me at 


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