1 Is there a policy for training and and promotion within the EEAS. No, there isn’t a specific policy, the Trust has a career pathway for clinicians with associated education pathways for each role.
There isn’t an automatic transition through this pathway guaranteed. The annual workforce and associated training plan identifies the numbers and skills of staff needed at every level, internal staff are able to progress through the pathway when training vacancies are identified and individuals need to meet the relevant requirements to move between levels. All staff have a discussion with their line manager as part of their appraisal process, with development and progression discussed as part of the talent conversation. This is the same for clinical and non-clinical staff. All promotions are as a result of an advertised vacancy and a formal recruitment process irrespective of whether the candidates are internal or external.
2 How many staff are employed on each grade:
a) Patient transport drivers
b) Ambulance care assistants
c) Intermedate ambulance practitioners
d) Associate amblance practitioners
e) Student paramedics
f) Graduate paramedics
Note that all the Paramedic grades are front line A&E staff only.
Position Count WTE Ambulance
Care Assistant 263 247.88
Associate Ambulance Practitioner 148 146.43
Graduate Paramedic 2 2.00
Intermediate Ambulance Practitioner 124 122.83
Paramedic 129 119.17
Paramedic (Newly Qualified) 240 238.99
Paramedic Critical Care 1 1.00
Patient Transport Driver 66 64.23
Senior Paramedic 825 763.90
Student Paramedic 659 655.10
Grand Total 2457 2361.53
3 What is the planned promotion route for a non-graduate
Regarding clinical development the current route is student Paramedic, in future this will not exist as the SET 1 change means everyone wishing to become a Paramedic will require a degree level, approved qualification. The HCPC has made the decision to move to an all degree qualification for entry to the register this comes into force in 2020. This decision will not impact on any staff registered with the HCPC as a paramedic before this date. All registered paramedics graduates and non-graduates are allowed access to CPD and promotions following a normal recruitment process
4 How many staff progress by training each year to the next grade
The numbers of staff who progress through various grades will vary from year to year dependent on projected workforce needs.