Accredited Courses

IHCD First Person on Scene – Intermediate (BTEC Level 2)

UK Specialist Ambulance Service Ltd uses the FPoS(I) Programme as the core of its Emergency Care Assistant Course.

– Our Emergency Care Assistant Course introduces the student to the pre-hospital environment and develops their ability to identify common medical and trauma incidents in order to initiate immediate care using ambulance equipment. The skills acquired on this course include:

– airway stabilisation

– basic life support

– early defibrillation

– oxygenation

– circulatory support

– assisting the paramedic with advanced care

Clinical endorsement for the FPOS qualifications is by the Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care (Edinburgh).

The course is designed for direct entry and no prior ambulance experience is required.

The qualifications are valid for a period of 3 years.

All examinations are externally set by the IHCD (a subsidiary of Edexcel) and include both theory and practical assessments.

The programme is predefined by Edexcel as taking at least 35 hours.

IHCD Ambulance Technician (BTEC Level 3 in Ambulance Aid)

– The ambulance Technician programme was, until very recently, the primary body of training delivered within the NHS. This has changed in recent years but the qualification is still very widely recognised both within the NHS and within the private ambulance sector. The course enables the student to understand anatomy & physiology, disease and injury process and how to manage these issues using ambulance equipment and a range of medicines. The skills acquired on this course include: patient assessment

– airway stabilisation, including supra-glottic airways

– intermediate life support

– manual defibrillation

– oxygenation

– drug therapy, including aspirin, GTN, adrenaline, Entonox, glucagen etc

– circulatory support

– assisting the paramedic with advanced care

The course is designed for direct entry and no prior ambulance experience is required, although many students find it easier if they have previously gained some experience as an Emergency Care Assistant.

All examinations are externally set by the IHCD (a subsidiary of Edexcel) and include both theory and practical assessments.

The programme is divided into 3 distinct modules and takes place usually over 8 consecutive weeks.

HCPC Paramedic

We are currently in discussion with Pearsons College in order to gain the accreditation to deliver their forthcoming Paramedic Programme.

Graduates from this course will be eligible to register with the Health and Care Professions Council as a Paramedic and practice as such.

More details will be made available as we progress through the validation process.

Non-accredited Courses

As well as externally accredited programmes, our Education Centre delivers internally validated programmes as part of our on-going efforts to maintain and develop quality of care

Mandatory & Statutory Training

Topics such as Manual Handling, Infection Control, Safeguarding Vulnerable Persons, Equality & Diversity, Resuscitation, Health & Safety, Risk Management, Information Governance are delivered on a recurrent basis in order to ensure as many staff as possible are kept up-to-date with changes in best practice

Continuous Professional Development

In order to provide staff with a varied programme that addresses both their clinical interests and developments in practice, CPD Workshops are periodically held. In the past, topics have included:

– ECG Recognition

– Paediatrics

– Portfolio Development

– Major Incident Management

– New Drug Procedures

– Critical Haemorrhage Management

The content of future Workshops will be determined both by new practices & equipment and by requests from staff.

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