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Army medics gain experience with ambulance crews
FRONTLINE army medical staff are teaming up with York ambulance crews in a partnership to gain valuable experience as part of their military training.
Ministry of Defence personnel are currently working with the Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) in a pilot scheme which will see trainee army personnel respond to 999 calls alongside qualified ambulance clinicians in York.
The service said the army medics would not be used to replace ambulance service staff, but were there in addition to existing crews.
Vince Larvin, locality director of emergency operations at the service, said: “This is a ground-breaking move for YAS as the pilot not only embraces sound clinical governance but establishes the trust as a lead nationally in terms of supporting our forces colleagues with their clinical training, qualifications and development.
“As with our own student paramedics, after completing year one of the university degree course, students are required to carry out 750 hours of practical placement with the ambulance service operating alongside qualified clinicians within the scope of a support member of staff.
“Although they do not have a clinical role, individuals have completed a recognised IHCD driving course and have undertaken a comprehensive induction with our clinical tutors to ensure they are fully familiar with their scope of practice and with our specific equipment and operational arrangements.”
The pilot scheme means MOD personnel studying for the Paramedic Foundation Degree at Cumbria University, will be able to gain the necessary mentorship and exposure to clinical emergencies required to progress to year two of their studies.
Col Nigel Partington, of the Army Medical Directorate, said: “This is a fabulous opportunity for the two services to work together and share unique experiences.
“We are extremely grateful to Yorkshire Ambulance Service and their personnel, who have quickly integrated our team with first-class induction training.”
“The Defence Medical services are committed to training our medics to the high standard of their civilian colleagues to ensure the best possible treatment for our personnel and patients.”