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Student Paramedic Ministry of Defence Pilot

05 February 2013

We have forged a partnership with the Ministry of Defence (MOD) to assist them with a national move to train selected members of the Army’s Combat Medical Technicians to become Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered paramedics.

As part of a short pilot MOD personnel, who are studying for the Paramedic Foundation Degree at Cumbria University, will respond to 999 calls alongside qualified ambulance clinicians in the York area to gain the necessary mentorship and exposure to clinical scenarios required to progress to year two of their studies.

Vince Larvin, Locality Director of Emergency Operations at Yorkshire Ambulance Service, said the Trust is pleased to be working with the MOD’s medical personnel to help them gain the necessary hands-on experience they require as part of their studies.

He said: “As with our own student paramedics, after completing year one of the university degree course, students are required to carry out 750 hours of practical placement with the ambulance service operating alongside qualified clinicians within the scope of a support member of staff.

“Although they do not have a clinical role, individuals have completed a recognised IHCD driving course and have undertaken a comprehensive induction with our clinical tutors to ensure they are fully familiar with their scope of practice and with our specific equipment and operational arrangements.
“This is a ground breaking move for YAS as the pilot not only embraces sound clinical governance but establishes the Trust as a lead nationally in terms of supporting our forces colleagues with their clinical training, qualifications and development.”

Col Nigel Partington from the Army Medical Directorate said: ‘This is a fabulous opportunity for the two services to work together and share unique experiences. We are extremely grateful to Yorkshire Ambulance Service and their personnel who have quickly integrated our team with first class induction training.

“The Defence Medical services are committed to training our Medics to the high standard of their civilian colleagues to ensure the best possible treatment for our personnel and patients.”

MOD personnel are used by Yorkshire Ambulance Service in addition to existing staff as naturally with the military’s international role, these personnel can be asked to take on roles anywhere in the world at very short notice so could not be relied upon to fill everyday core rotas. 

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