15 January 2016
London Ambulance Service’s new
education academy designed for members of staff has launched this
week with an initial intake of 18 trainees.
The academy will offer existing emergency
ambulance crew and emergency medical technicians the chance to
enhance their careers and develop professionally to become a
Chief Executive Dr Fionna Moore explained:
“The academy will not only help boost staff retention, but will
also complement our current campaign to recruit qualified
“After feedback from staff on the need for
further education and development we hope this programme will offer
a clear and defined career path.”
“Once qualified, trainees will also have the
option of further career development by going on to train as a
senior paramedic, advanced paramedic practitioner or even a
Operating from our existing education
centre in Fulham, it is hoped that 36 members of staff will enrol
on the programme.
The programme will be delivered in modules
over a total period of approximately two years.
Students on the programme will complete four,
self-directed ‘ramp modules’ over a six-month period. Following
successful completion of these, classroom learning will take place
over a further 18 months. Students will be required to attend a
total of six, two week blocks of taught input, as well as
Students will be required to complete practice
placements working one-to-one with a Practice Educator. In
addition, they will need to complete up to six weeks of wider
healthcare (non-double crewed ambulance) practice placements.
Successful completion of the programme will
give students eligibility to apply to the HCPC for registration as
a paramedic. A London Ambulance Service Education Academy Diploma,
equivalent to academic level 5, will be issued to all successful
Staff will be able apply via NHS Jobs when
places are advertised. The next intake for eligible staff is
expected to begin later this year.
Notes to editors:
- London Ambulance Service NHS Trust is the busiest emergency
ambulance service in the UK that provides healthcare that is free
to patients at the time they receive it.
- We have over 4,500 staff, who work across a wide range of roles
based in 70 ambulance stations.
- We serve more than seven million people who live and work in
the London area.
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