New proficiency standards for paramedics published

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The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) has published revised standards of proficiency for paramedics, which must be met by every paramedic to remain on the HCPC register.

The standards set out what professionals should know, understand and be able to do to practice safely and effectively. They cover generic standards (which apply to all HCPC-regulated professions) and others which are specific to each profession.

The HCPC approved the revised generic standards in March 2011 and is now updating the standards that apply to each individual profession. Michael Guthrie, Director of Policy and Standards at the HCPC, said: “We have worked with the paramedic professional body to review the standards and asked them to make recommendations. We have also considered the feedback we received from our public consultation. The changes reflect current practice and include language that is appropriate to each profession." 

Consultant Paramedic Marcus Bailey said: “As paramedics, we must work to demonstrate that we meet the standards of proficiency. These are in addition to the standards of conduct, performance and ethics, which are relevant to all professionals registered with the HCPC. The revised standards have been produced with our professional body which is a real positive for us as a profession. Importantly they make specific reference to the individual’s scope of practice as a paramedic. This means that the job role and associated scope support the individuals in terms of identifying the appropriate standards and how they are applied.”

The HCPC will now work with education providers to implement the new standards, which can be viewed on their website.

Published 4th September 2014 

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