Institute of Health Care Development
(IHCD) (Pearson College) Award (BTEC Level 3)
Clinical Grade after completion:
IHCD Ambulance Technician
This course will suit students who are just entering into the pre hospital care sector or existing ECA/assistant practitioner level staff wishing to turn their existing qualification into the industry standard recognised Pearson College BTEC IHCD qualification. This award is the minimum requirement to work unsupervised as a qualified member of an ambulance in the UK.
The course has 3 modules (D,E & F), students must pass theoretical and practical assessments for each of the modules to be successful. On completion of the course,students must complete 750 hours of probationary work with a HPC registered Paramedic or an IHCD qualified Ambulance Technician. The probationary period will be used to further assess the student’s abilities, and allow students to demonstrate
competency in all the relevant key skills. UK Specialist Ambulance Service always tries to provide students with after course probationary placements but this cannot always be guaranteed.
The course runs for 8 weeks (Monday- Friday). Courses are held at one of our training centres either in Fareham or Rainham.
There will be 3 periods of summative assessments that must be passed in order to achieve the IHCD Ambulance Aid award. You must attend
90% of the course in order to satisfy the IHCD requirements and then undertake 750 hours of supervised practice in emergency ambulances. Your supervised practice must be carried out with and IHCD Technicians or HPC Paramedic and you will be required to keep a portfolio of
evidence which will undergo verification after you have completed the 750 hours.
There are no formal entry requirements for this Pearson College Award level 3 award,however we must be satisfied that you stand a reasonable chance of passing the rigorous assessments throughout the course. You will also be required to have an enhanced CRB check and be in good health with the ability to carry out strenuous handling and moving procedures. All students are expected to behave in a professional and courteous manner
befitting someone who aspires to gain access to a uniformed, disciplined service.