missy said:If it is a similar qualification as a CMT, No, the military training given is not recognised by the NHS. The experience i'm sure will be valueable but from working with the NHS ambulance service, and knowing people who have tried to come into it from the Army (after being CMT's) they will have to undergo the NHS paramedic science degree like all civilians.
But i'm unsure as to what a medical assistant is, but from what I know in the civi world only medicine, nursing, dentist, OPD etc (national quals) are recognised by the NHS.
Karabiner said:JB, I know that the Army and RAF have signed up to train paramedics but the RN didn't as they say they don't need the qualification. I believe the RAF deal with the amb trust providing their training has fallen through. Army is planning lots of paramedics with a career structure up to WO1 and continuation training built in. I am trying to work out how to achieve the continuation training for non-UK based paramedics any suggestions gratefully received.
What's the state of play with the plan to introduce Physician Assistants? Haven't heard anything for a few years.
INVICTUS said:What's the state of play with the plan to introduce Physician Assistants? Haven't heard anything for a few years.
The PA is very common in the US and was looked at here as a means of paramedic progression. Rather than follow this route, the Health Professions Council and the British Paramedic Association have chosen to go with a graded system linked to road time and education as follows;
Paramedic grade 1 - Entry level paramedic (Amb Tech)
Paramedic grade 2 - State Registered Paramedic
Paramedic grade 3 - Paramedic Practitioner (Hons Degree educated)
Paramedic grade 4 - Advanced Paramedic Practitioner (masters degree educated)
Paramedic grade 5 - Consultant Paramedic
The RAMC really needs to be looking at aligning itself with this system rather than flogging the PA horse any longer, but I guess they are taking one step at a time and trying to sort out the issues highlighted by Karabiner first. Feel free to check out the BPA website for more...
www.britishparamedic.org or page 6 of this document...
Karabiner said:The biggest disappointment for me is that so few people are applying for the Amb Tech/Paramedic package, we have worked hard to get this training going and the uptake is absolutely appalling.
Frank said:The NHS has got nothing to do with the Paramedic Qualification. It is the Health Professions council in league with the British Paramedic Assoc. who lay out the rules. When the HPC closed the doors recently to grandparenting rights the majority of NHS Paramedics were still not registered. So many of them cant actualy call themselves a Paramedic.
Many Medics out there in all three services can prove they have learnt enough and are familiar with the JRCALC guidelines and could probably still gain acreditation, unless im very much mistaken.
The Paramedical Sceince Degree as a bench mark is a while off as a national standard.
As for Royals question about acreditation post his MA's Cse, sorry mate but its only a starting block, youve got to go and put it into practice before you can start looking at Registration.