Dip HE Paramedic Practice

Approved by Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

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Key course details

Location Ambleside, Lancaster
Duration Full-time, 2 Years
Start date 2020 entry now closed
Entry Requirements Programme specification (PDF)

Our course - which has been created with the North West Ambulance Services (NWAS) – aims to give you the knowledge you need to work as a paramedic in the modern NHS within a variety of roles.

We equip practitioners with the necessary knowledge, understanding, skills and competence to work confidently as a paramedic.

Why Choose University of Cumbria

The theory you’ll learn will give you the contemporary knowledge and understanding to practise as a paramedic now and into the future.

But hands-on experience sits at the heart of our course and as well as putting your theory into practice in our mock simulation ambulance and wards, you’ll undertake work experience within the local area.

  • The NWAS have guaranteed an interview for any student successfully graduated from this programme
  • Approved by Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Eligible to apply for registration as a paramedic with the Health and Care Professions Council on graduation
  • Work placements include emergency ambulance, hospital, community services, advanced paramedic roles and specialist health care such as maternity
  • The award aims to meet the requirements within the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) Benchmark Statements for Healthcare Programmes for Paramedic Science and recognises the College of Paramedics (2015) Paramedic Curriculum Guidance and Competence Framework
  • 18 weeks with an NHS Ambulance Service and 5 weeks undertaking key hospital and out-of-hospital services
  • Students will be mentored and supported predominantly within a Paramedic Emergency Service
  • Learn all the skills required of a paramedic, from patient assessment to performing a broad range of clinical scientific or technical procedures

Our course will prepare you to become knowledgeable and competent in paramedic practice ready to step into a rewarding career.

Graduate destinations

This programme offers a good range of employment opportunities, within the NHS and within other organisations which deliver pre-hospital and emergency care, such as off-shore sites as a remote medic, within rescue services and disaster management.

The role of paramedic is developing to include roles in new clinical areas. For example, paramedics may work alongside doctors and nurses as emergency care practitioners (ECPs), also known as senior paramedics, based in:

  • health centres;
  • GPs' surgeries;
  • minor injuries units;
  • hospital accident and emergency departments;
  • community hospitals.

It is also possible, with further training in critical care and trauma, to move into the senior role of critical care paramedic.

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