Thursday, 10 February 2011
A programme to train paramedics at the University of Worcester has been given the highest score in a quality report.
The University’s FdSc Pre Hospital, Unscheduled and Emergency Care course, run in collaboration with West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) NHS Trust, scored 100% in a report from the Department of Health’s Education Commissioning for Quality.
The report cited three areas of notable practice at Worcester; a robust recruitment procedure, placement opportunities, and support. The degree course is one of only a handful in the UK and has the fastest growing application rate within the University of Worcester.
The news comes as all of the University’s latest trainees have either started work or are currently undertaking the selection process. The majority have gained employment with WMAS. Others have moved onto Great Western Ambulance Service NHS Trust or South Central Ambulance Service NHS Trust.
Course leader Sharon Hardwick said: “We are delighted to have another cohort of graduates from the new Pre-Hospital, Unscheduled & Emergency Care foundation degree course. It is good to know that our students are being accepted into ambulance services throughout the country.”
She added: “Paramedics are an essential front line service dealing with a vast range of emergency medical illness and traumatic injury. This course is challenging but very rewarding.”
Undergraduates carry out a range of practical work-based training and in-depth theoretical study, including advanced anatomy and physiology. They also complete more than 1,500 hours of practical service during the two-year course, which is run in partnership with WMAS.
The University of Worcester also offers a technician to paramedic course, which is designed to provide progression and career opportunities for existing technicians who work within ambulance services.
Students on the programme are seconded by their ambulance trust over a 32 week period. On successful completion of the programme students will be eligible to register as Paramedic Practitioners with the Health Professions Council.