LAS Academy opens its doors

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.LAS Academy

The academy will offer existing emergency ambulance crew and emergency medical technicians the chance to enhance their careers and develop professionally to become a registered paramedic.

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 paramedics.

“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 paramedic consultant.”

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 self-directed study. 

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 students.

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.

ENDS

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. 
  • For more information, media enquiries or interview requests please contact Christina Clynes, Communications Officer on 020 7783 2408 or christina.clynes@lond-amb.nhs.uk
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