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Paramedic (degree) (level 6)

Providing high quality and compassionate care, responding to the needs of service users and carers across the lifespan.

Level
6
Equivalent to degree
Typical duration
36 months
Apprenticeship category
Health and science
Maximum funding
£27,000
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Skills
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Practice autonomously, safely and effectively within the scope of practice and the legal and ethical boundaries of a paramedic
  • Seek informed consent
  • Be responsible and accountable for protecting data, maintaining confidentiality and sharing information in line with organisational policy
  • Keep people safe, minimising risks, raising safeguarding concerns and reporting in line with organisational policy should errors or omissions occur
  • Work within an unpredictable environment to carry out immediate and emergency care as required by the situation and patient
  • Take professional accountability for your own practice and the decisions that you make
  • Recognise the limitations of your own role and when to delegate or refer to others
  • Use advanced driving skills to respond to emergency and routine calls and to safely transfer patients under emergency and non-emergency driving conditions
  • Carry out vehicle checks, to ensure that the vehicle is road worthy, clean and stocked
  • Clean, decontaminate and check equipment and stock to maintain a state of operational readiness
  • Check and prepare diagnostic, invasive and therapeutic equipment
  • Maintain accurate vehicle, stock and equipment records
  • Communicate with patients and others in a professional, compassionate manner using methods, strategies, interventions and media relevant to the intended audience and context
  • Communicate effectively using both written and verbal cues, modifying communication to address and take account of factors such as age, capacity, learning and physical ability and the condition of the patient
  • Maintain regular and timely contact with the Emergency Operations Centre
  • Explain and communicate information that may be complex, emotive or sensitive, maintaining a calm and professional manner to enable patients to make informed decisions and actively engage in their own care where possible
  • Share relevant information in a timely manner with the wider multi-professional team, liaising with other services and giving your professional opinion as required
  • Complete prompt, legible and accurate patient records, accurately recording observations, interventions, therapies and decisions taken, protecting data, maintaining confidentiality and sharing accurate information in line with organisational policy
  • Report and escalate issues, risks and concerns in line with organisational policy
  • Engage in the quality improvement of the service by sharing data, ideas, patient and colleague feedback in line with organisational policy
  • Assess the scene, situation and environment and carry out risk management and/or mitigation
  • Assess the physical and mental health needs of the patient and the criticality of their condition
  • Diagnose and manage the patient’s condition, gaining consent, maintaining dignity and seeking to enhance well-being
  • Apply evidence-informed treatment to currently accepted best practice
  • Use critical problem-solving skills to make clinical decisions, adapting and modifying working practices as required for the patient and/or situation
  • Provide an immediate course of treatment at the scene, in the patient’s home or on the way to the hospital or another service providing the highest standard of compassionate clinical care and personal care within the pre-hospital environment
  • Use diagnostic, invasive, therapeutic and surgical equipment and procedures such as ventilation, defibrillation and airway management to resuscitate and stabilise patients
  • Monitor the patient’s condition
  • Move and handle patients safely in varied and uncontrolled environments
  • Provide leadership in paramedic care, supervising and training others and acting as a role model
  • Work in partnership with other health and social care professionals and agencies as part of the multi-professional, multi-disciplinary team to manage accidents, emergencies, disasters or incidents
  • Ensure continuous duty of care, monitoring and maintain treatment until the patient is either discharged, referred or transferred to the care of another healthcare professional and agency
  • Co-ordinate inter-professional and inter-disciplinary care, liaising with other services to secure patient-centred care
  • Comply with current legislation on medicines management for paramedics
  • Administer therapeutic medications to patients in the correct way for the patient’s condition and situation, recognising, recording and monitoring the effects
  • Check supplies, request and dispose of medicines in line with organisational policy
  • Ensure medicines are always stored securely when in operation and when at the station
  • Apply infection prevention and control measures in line with organisational policy
  • Adhere to current best practice for ensuring the health and safety of patients, self and others and relevant to the type of incident and location
  • Ensure that the vehicle and contents are secure at all times
  • Secure and keep safe patient’s property and/or belongings during treatment and transfer
  • Make evidence-based decisions, thinking critically and drawing on experience in all situations
  • Participate in continuous professional development and maintain a CPD portfolio
  • Proactively seek and respond to feedback to improve own knowledge and skills and to improve the service and patient experience
  • Monitor and evaluate the impact of your daily work on your own health, well-being, emotional intelligence and resilience and that of your team showing an awareness of your own responses to external stimulus
  • Reflect on judgements and decisions taken in routine, complex and challenging situations by yourself and your team seeking to continually improve performance
  • Objectively consider, evaluate and interpret information, actively monitoring and managing performance continually across a diverse range of situations
  • Participate in de-briefings and reviews as required by the role, incident and situation

Full information on Paramedic (degree) (level 6) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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