International Paramedics Day: Friday July 8th, 2022

International Paramedics Day: Friday July 8th, 2022

On July 8, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust will join forces with over 40 global paramedic associations, College of Paramedics, higher education institutions and affiliated organisations to celebrate the first ... Read more

On July 8, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust will join forces with over 40 global paramedic associations, College of Paramedics, higher education institutions and affiliated organisations to celebrate the first ever International Paramedics Day.

It will be a day to remember and salute the personal sacrifices and life-saving efforts made by paramedics and first responders during the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic, as well as recognising all that they do to give their patients the best possible treatment and care.

The theme for the inaugural International Paramedics Day is ‘Proud to be a Paramedic’.

Oxford Health paramedics make a massive contribution to the work of the Trust and have additional skills which make them specialists suited to working with specific services and patient groups.

Craig Barlow, Trust Clinical Educator & Advanced Clinical Practitioner, said: “Over the past few years the number of paramedics working within Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust has grown year on year with now over 40 paramedics directly employed throughout the organisation.

“The paramedic profession has seen huge changes and developments over the years, allowing the profession to diversify in other clinical setting and roles outside of the traditional ambulance service.

“These innovative developments have brought many opportunities for those paramedics joining Oxford Health, allowing them to delivering outstanding, patient centred care to all of our services users. The paramedic profession forms part of and is represented within the wider Allied Health Care Professional (AHP) network. As a representative of the organisation, I would like to take this opportunity to wish everybody a Happy International Paramedic Day!”

International Paramedics Day is celebrated every year on July 8 because this marks the anniversary of the birth of Dominique Jean Larrey, the French military doctor who became Napoleon Bonaparte’s chief surgeon of the Grand Armee and the man often referred to as the ‘father of modern-day ambulance services.’

International Paramedics Day is one of the most important days of the year to:

  • Celebrate paramedics and first responders around the globe;
  • Promote the profession;
  • Acknowledge the difference they can make in an emergency or crisis;
  • To raise awareness and champion all the settings paramedics work including primary and secondary care, GP surgeries, military, offshore, research, education, helicopter emergency medical services and telephone triage systems

Published: 7 July 2022