The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) has launched a consultation on changing the threshold level qualification for entry to the Register for paramedics. This is set out in the first standard of the Standards of education and training (‘SET1’).
SET1 is the contemporary level of education and training considered necessary for entry to the Register for each profession. The paramedic threshold is currently ‘equivalent to Certificate of Higher Education’, but only a small minority of approved programmes are delivered at this level.
This consultation proposes that the level specified in SET 1 for paramedics should be changed, seeking views on what level it should change to and on timescales for implementation. Any change would not directly affect existing registered paramedics, or students part way through pre-registration education and training programmes.
Director of Policy and Standards, Michael Guthrie, said:
“We would encourage all our stakeholders with an interest in the education and training of paramedics to respond to the consultation. Currently, the paramedic threshold level qualification for entry to the HCPC Register is equivalent to a Certificate of Higher Education. However, only a small minority of approved programmes are delivered at this level.
We are, therefore, proposing a change to this level and would encourage those with an interest in the education and training of paramedics to respond to the consultation. We are particularly interested in views on what it should change to and the timescales for implementation.”
Opening on Monday 25 September 2017, the 12 week consultation runs until Friday 15 December 2017.
To take part in the consultation, complete our online survey, email firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Consultation on the threshold level of qualification entry to the Register for paramedics, Policy and Standards Department, Health and Care Professions Council, Park House, 184 Kennington Park Road, London, SE11 4BU.