First national training framework for independent paramedics

On 18 October 2013, preliminary details of the first national training framework for the independent ambulance sector were announced.

According to Anita Human, chair person for the Independent Ambulance Association (IAA), ‘The framework is needed as a matter of priority to help tackle the confusion for commissioners and regulators in the qualifications within the sector.’

The IAA has set up a special members’ working group for the framework; the members cover a representative spread from events to NHS suppliers, and include patient transport services (PTS), intermediate tier and frontline providers.

The specialists are a range of paramedics, nurses, driving tutors and educationalists.

Ms. Human, who chairs the group, said the framework will be ‘voluntary, coherent, consistent and coordinated, pulling together the training standards and therefore improving quality across the independent ambulance sector.

It will be linked to those of NHS Trusts to create equality and include driver training, event staff, PTS staff, non-professional clinical staff, instructional staff, professional clinical staff and CPD. It will be made up of “building blocks” of courses that are in current use, both accredited and non-accredited, and will also establish EPL/APL routes to qualifications within the framework.’

The group will champion local training and standards improvement initiatives, encouraging integration in the wider strategic vision and business plans of individual members. It will also consider setting up a training standards committee to monitor provision and liaise accreditation bodies and relevant government agencies.

Taken from Journal of Paramedic Practice, published 23 October 2013.

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