18 February 2014
The London Ambulance Service has appointed its
first advanced paramedic practitioners who will be treating the
most seriously ill and injured patients in the capital from
The 12 advanced paramedics will receive additional training and
will respond to the most serious one to two per cent of
life-threatening incidents. These include patients in cardiac
arrest and those who are continually fitting and are difficult to
convey to hospital. They will also be able to administer more
powerful drugs currently only given by a doctor.
Their training will include a four day trauma course with
doctors from the Service and London’s Air Ambulance and an advanced
paramedic science course at Hertfordshire University.
Clinical Team Leader Chelsey Pike is one of the successful
applicants. She said: “I thought it was a new and exciting
opportunity and I’m all for developing my career.
“The Service is pioneering in terms of training and drugs trials
and I think this will keep us at the forefront. It’s also a great
promotional opportunity that allows clinicians to remain largely
clinical, rather than go into a managerial role.”
Director of Paramedic Education and Development Mark Whitbread
said: “We are very keen to develop the paramedic profession.
Paramedics are a trusted brand but there is a lot more we can do by
developing our paramedics as really skilled clinicians.
“Appointing advanced paramedics shows our determination to do
better, both for our patients and our staff.”
The role was introduced as part of the clinical career structure.
Twelve advanced paramedics have been appointed and subject to
funding, a further 24 will be recruited.
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