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Paramedic Pre-Degree Experience Pilot Programme

Health Education England is partnering with the East of England Ambulance Service Trust (EEAST), the University of East Anglia (UEA) and Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) to give aspiring paramedics the chance at paid employment and an opportunity to gain the experience, skills and knowledge required to support applications for the Paramedic Science degree programme (BSc) at UEA and ARU for entry in September 2017.

Applications for this pilot closed at midnight on the 7 August 2016. 

We are looking for individuals from a variety of backgrounds, ages and life experiences who are keen to become a paramedic to gain hands on clinical experience in paid employment (for nine months) as an Intermediate Ambulance Practitioner in EEAST based in either Chelmsford or Norwich. This role would begin by November 2016 (with interviews on 25 August in Chelmsford), and during the course of the pilot, participants will apply for a place on the Paramedic Science Degree (BSc) at their chosen partner university starting September 2017. During this time you will also:

  • undertake a training programme with EEAST.
  • complete a care certificate and be part of a bespoke development programme.
  • attend workshops with the universities to learn more about Paramedic Science degree (BSc) programmes, a career as a paramedic, and their offer to their students and support in applying for a university place.

When you successfully complete the degree programme you will be prepared, competent and confident to effectively deliver patient led, out of hospital urgent care service and have an understanding of urgent as well as emergency care. You will have the gained skills, knowledge and experience and be eligible to register with the Health and Care Professions Council enabling you to become a paramedic working in EEAST. A previous pilot run in the region for aspiring nursing students provided invaluable experience that helped candidates in gaining a place on a university programme and become successful nursing students.

Interviews for this programme will be held on 25 August 2016 in Chelmsford.

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    What is an Intermediate Ambulance Practitioner?

    Becoming an Intermediate Ambulance Practitioner with EEAST is about more than providing a transport service; it’s about providing support where it’s most needed to our patients and our communities. Naturally caring and level-headed, you will instill trust, share our values, and provide a calming presence in whatever situation you find yourself in - from helping patients requiring urgent care get to hospital, to assisting in emergency situations. Although you won’t need a medical background, you will need to undertake the associated and required training in patient care as well as training in assisting other clinical colleagues responding to cases of sudden illness and respond to healthcare professional assessed calls, special and planned patient transfer requests.

    A full job description is attached as a document to this page, and you can find out more about EEAST here.Entry requirements are here.

    The role includes supporting a team in the provision of high quality and effective clinical and personal care and the transportation of patients, selecting and applying appropriate equipment and skills in line with the scope of practice and associated training.  You will need to use ambulance driving skills (Category C1) under blue light and normal traffic conditions to respond to calls as required.

    Earn while you learn 

    The salary scale for a paramedic support worker is NHS Agenda for Change Pay Band 3, with a starting salary of £18,126 per annum.

    Who can apply?

    This pilot is open to individuals who live in Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex or Cambridgeshire, and have held a full driving licence for 12 months or more. You will need to meet the academic entry requirements for the degree programme (BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science) at your preferred university for September 2017 (see below), and be prepared to fund your three years of university studies through self-funding or a student loan. Find out more about student loan eligibility on the gov.uk website, and use the student finance calculator for guidance. Participation in the pilot guarantees a university interview for a place on a Paramedic Science Degree (BSc) course with ARU or UEA, however entry to any degree is subject to a successful university interview.

    You must also:

    • Be enthusiastic to gain experience. No previous care experience is required, but if you have worked in a care setting before, this must be for no more than 12 months duration
    • Be able to meet the NHS Values Criteria
    • Have held a valid UK driving for 1 years and have or be willing to obtain category C1
    • Have the ability to travel to gain the necessary experience;
    • Be able to commence employment as an Intermediate Ambulance Practitioner no later than November 2016 subject to success at interview with EEAST;
    • Be willing to take part in the HEE evaluation process so that we can understand the impact of the experience on you 

    How to apply

    To apply for the pilot, you will need to apply for the Intermediate Ambulance Practitioner role via the NHS Jobs website (reference number 247-A&EXPPDPILOTIAP). Recruitment will run from Monday 6 June until midnight Sunday 7 August 2016, and if shortlisted, interviews will be held week commencing Monday 22 August.

    Applicants will be jointly shortlisted by representatives from your chosen university and EEAST and if you successfully meet the shortlisting criteria you will be offered an interview.

    Application for your place on the degree programme via the UCAS system will not be required until January 2017, you will then have an interview at the university and if successful you will be offered a place to join the September 2017 programme.


    Learn more about the a degree in Paramedic Science

    For further information about the Paramedic Science (BSc) degree programme at UEA and ARU, please follow the links below:

    UEA BSc Paramedic Science

    Anglia Ruskin University BSc Paramedic Science


    Learn about being a paramedic

    If you have any questions that have not been answered in this page or via the links please email Sally Ashton-May, Pilot Programme Lead for the east of England, on s.ashton-may@nhs.net.

    See the NHS Jobs page for more application details.

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