Budding paramedics will now be able to earn a degree in their dream job in Northern Ireland for the first time.
Ulster University launched our first paramedical science degree with financial support from the Department of Health.
The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service told us they employ 294 paramedics, 47 trainee paramedics and 58 rapid response vehicle paramedics who are supported by 264 EMTs, 13 EMT trainees and 254 ambulance attendants following a request for release. of information.
And as of March 2019, they were recruiting 76 staff vacancies, including 22 paramedics and 27 emergency medical technicians.
Health chiefs say this new degree will help meet the growing demand for paramedics in Northern Ireland.
Health Minister Robin Swann MLA said: “I commend the University of Ulster for the progress in developing this new course.
The regulator’s decision to raise the standards of access to education for paramedics at the BSc level reflects their significant and growing contribution to the provision of care.
“My department will continue to work with Ulster University to secure a local workforce of paramedics, both for the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, and increasingly, for advanced and specialist roles, right across health and social care. as services are transformed “.
Future paramedics will have a larger role to play in health and social care across Northern Ireland following the transformations suggested in the Bengoa report.
Ulster University has been working in partnership with NIAS and other care providers since 2018 to provide the Foundation in Paramedic Practice degree, which will equip students with the knowledge and skills to apply for a place on the Health Professions Council (HCPC) register.
A change in HCPC education and training standards means that as of September 2021, anyone seeking to enter the HCPC registry as a paramedic must have completed an HCPC approved degree-level course with honors.
Ulster’s BSc Hons Paramedic Science course has been recommended for HCPC approval and its first cohort of 40 students will begin in September 2021.
Professor Carol Curran, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Life and Health Sciences at Ulster University, said, “We are delighted to launch this new BSc Hons Paramedic Science Degree within our renowned and highly regarded School of Nursing, ranked sixth in the UK and in the top 50 globally.
“Based on our Magee campus, this course will add to our health and social education offering in the Northwest with our School of Nursing and the new Graduate Entry Medical School.
“The program will meet the growing demand for paramedics in a range of different care settings across Northern Ireland. During the course, students will hone their skills through simulated learning in our clinical skills classrooms and based learning. on practicing in a wide range of community, hospital and ambulance-based services. Upon graduation they will have the skills and confidence to excel in their role as a paramedic, providing excellent care to those who need it most. “
Jenny Keane, Chief AHP Officer, said: “The launch of the first BSc Paramedic Program for Northern Ireland is welcomed, it will help alleviate the ever increasing pressures being placed on HSC services by providing a new generation of highly trained paramedics. educated to deliver in a wide range of settings.
“This program is good news not only for NIAS and its new clinical response model, but also for the HSC as a whole as it proceeds to deliver the service transformation as established in Bengoa. Paramedics will have a key role to play in this work as we go on. ”
The university will host a webinar on the new course on Tuesday 15 September at 7pm. Click here to sign up.
You can also get more information about the new course and how to apply here.