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Rotating paramedics

Published: 6 June, 2018

NHS England is piloting a new working model for specialist and advanced paramedics, enabling them to rotate through a variety of settings – including primary care and community-based teams as well as within the ambulance service.

Paramedics have a unique skill set which enables them to deliver care to patients across a variety of settings – making them a very valuable resource, not only for the ambulance service but equally for other parts of the NHS. The pilot aims to send the most appropriate healthcare professional, with the appropriate skill set, to offer definitive care to a patient – the right response, first time.

The pilots are exploring whether the rotational model of working is feasible and economically viable. Specialist and advanced paramedics will work in Emergency Operations Centres within the ambulance service; community-based multi-disciplinary teams, and GP practices, on a rotational basis.

Four ambulance services are piloting the rotating paramedic model – East Midlands, North East, South Central and Yorkshire ambulance services.

Last updated: 3 June, 2018

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