QA Level 6 Diploma in Paramedic Practice

QA Level 6 Diploma in Paramedic Practice

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£18,594.00 Inc. VAT


Duration – 2 years

Course Reference – DPP

NHS Hospital and NHS Ambulance Placements

Awarding Body – Qualsafe Awards (HCPC Approved – Pending Conditions)


 

£18,594.00 Inc. VAT

Product Description

This programme is innovative in its approach by delivering the teaching, learning and assessment strategies using a blended approach and in a variety of teaching and learning styles. These include lectures, group activities, tutorials, directed study, independent learning and clinical practice placements.

This programme is run in partnership with Qualsafe Awards (Awarding Organisation) and includes appropriate vocational and academic modules. It has been mapped to include the standards of proficiency for paramedics (SOPs) as well as the education and training standards (SETs) stipulated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Once all elements of the programme have been successfully completed you will receive a level 6 Diploma in Paramedic Practice (RQF) awarded by Qualsafe Awards and be eligible to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council for Paramedic registration.

The Diploma in Paramedic Practice aims to support, educate, and develop students into safe, enquiring and effective practitioners with the capacity to care for patients, their families and cares in a range of challenging and unpredictable situations.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

· All placements arranged within NHS Hospital and NHS Ambulance trusts doing 999 response
· Students who already work for NHS ambulance trusts can complete their placement within their service by following our placement audit process
· Various funding, financing options available including 0% loans, ELCAS support and other government options
· Vocational focus
· FREC 4 (ECA) and FREUC 5 (technician) awards given during the programme
· Students who don’t already have their C1 and emergency driver training awards can receive discounted support from us
· All uniform, PPE, DBS, occupational costs and core manuals given as part of your fee

COSTS:

Year 1 – £8,394.00 (incl VAT)

Year 2 – £10,200 (incl VAT)

Overview

Syllabus

The Level 6 Diploma in Paramedic Practice consists of 2 stages, each of which is equivalent to a year’s full-time study (40 weeks).

Within the programme, all modules are core and there are no optional modules. To obtain a Diploma in Paramedic Practice, students must successfully complete all elements of the programme.

All modules have been devised to ensure the programme fulfils the Standards of Education and Training from the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Stage 1 (modules):

  1. Introduction to Ambulance Practice
  2. Fundamentals of Trauma Care
  3. Fundamentals of Emergency Medical Care
  4. Principles of Clinical Practice in the Pre-Hospital Environment
  5. Applied Anatomy, Physiology and Pathophysiology
  6. Unscheduled Care for Patients with Specific Needs

Stage 1 of the programme introduces students to the role of the paramedic and develops the knowledge, skills and attitudes, along with the required evidence base surrounding issues in emergency care. Students will study human anatomy and physiology, health, well-being and the development of disease together with a focus on the conditions students will encounter in current paramedic practice.

Clinical Placements:

All students will complete a minimum of 750 hours of ambulance based practice placement as part of the ‘Fundamentals of Emergency Care Practice’ module. Students will be placed with a qualified clinician who possess appropriate mentorship skills and occupational competency.

Whilst we have mechanisms for adding new placements, currently all students will be placed within North West Ambulance Service NHS trust or work within North East Ambulance Service NHS trust supported via our Clinical Services division.

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Stage 2 (Modules):

  1. Biosciences, Pharmacology and Pathophysiology
  2. Advancing Clinical Practice
  3. Advanced Trauma Life Support
  4. Gynaecology, Obstetric and Neonatal Emergency in the Pre-Hospital Environment
  5. Development and Psychosocial Considerations in Paramedic Practice
  6. Professional, Ethical and Legal Aspects of Practice

Stage 2 of the programme aims to build upon clinical, professional and leadership role of the paramedic and prepare students for the reality of autonomous clinical practice as a HCPC registered paramedic. Consolidating knowledge from stage 1, students will gain advanced understanding of the disease process, clinical presentation of disease and the impact that paramedic intervention can have in the management of physical and mental illness and injury.

Clinical Placement:

All students will complete a minimum of 750 hours of appropriate practice placement consisting of a minimum of:

  • 240 hours within an appropriate specialist area
  • 510 hours within an appropriate pre-hospital care area

Students will be supported by the same tutorial and mentorship arrangements as stage 1 and will have a range of professional paramedic practice competencies to meet during their clinical placement.

Specialist placements in year 2 expose the student to subject specific skills and work alongside clinical specialists to develop their skills, knowledge and application to practice. The specialist clinical areas may include (but not limited too):

  • Emergency department
  • Urgent care centre
  • GP surgery
  • Theatres
  • Elderly care
  • Mental health unit
  • Minor injury unit

Whilst we have mechanisms for adding new placements, currently all students will be placed at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS trust for the ‘specialist placements’ and North West Ambulance Service NHS trust or work within North East Ambulance Service NHS trust for the ‘pre-hospital’ placement requirements.

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Course Dates

Please note the application process takes a minimum of 14 weeks prior to the start date of the course, early application is recommended.

L6 Diploma in Paramedic Practice commence dates

Course Code Year 1 start date Year 2 start date Notes
001/18 N/A May 2018 RPL student only (application closing date 30.03.18)
002/18 August 2018 August 2019  Application closing 11.05.2018
003/19 January 2019 January 2020  Application closing 12.10.18
004/19 May 2019 May 2020  Application closing 15.02.19
005/20 April 2020 April 2021  Application closing 10.01.20
006/20 August 2020 August 2021  Application closing 08.05.20
007/21 January 2021 January 2022  Application closing 25.09.20
008/21 July 2021 July 2022  Application closing 16.04.21

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Certification

On successful completion of the programme students would receive a Qualsafe Awards level 6 Diploma in Paramedic Practice (QCF) and you will be eligible to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for registration as a paramedic.

Exit Awards:

There are two exit awards which are:

  1. Level 4 (RQF) First Response Emergency Care (FREC 4) – this can be obtained after fully completing modules PP01, PP02 and PP03
  2. Level 5 (RQF) First Response Emergency and Urgent Care (FREUC 5) – this can be obtained after successfully completing the entire of stage 1 (year 1).

Both of these qualification are awarded from Qualsafe Award but they would NOT lead to eligibility to apply for HCPC registration as a paramedic.

Pre-requisites

Applicants must undertake the appropriate academic and professional entry standard assessment as well as meet the minimum entry criteria.

Stage 1 Application form with detailed evidence of:

  • Achievement of level 2 (or equivalent) literacy and numeracy. Equivalent qualification include GCSE level A*-C, or the new GCSE standard 9-4, Scotland National level 5 or International level 4 (PIAAC, AILS, ALL)
  • Learning at level 3 (within a health related topic/area) with a credit value of at least 30, within the last 5 years
  • Be aged 18 or over

All students who pass the entry stage will be invited to the assessment process. This  will consist of:

  • Functional skills assessment
  • Relevant clinical written assessment
  • Relevant clinical practical assessment
  • Interview

After successfully completing the entrance process you will be offered a place onto the programme.

Stage 2 application process (for those wishing to join directly onto year 2):

  • All students claiming RPL for year 1 must demonstrate evidence of achieving the QA Level 5 Diploma in First Response Emergency and Urgent Care (RQF) (FREUC 5) and the QA Level 3 Award in Safe Administration of Lifesaving Medication (RQF) (SALM) awards. This will be demonstrated via their CPD portfolio with original certificates.

All students requesting RPL must RPL the entire of Stage 1 (Year 1).

In addition to the RPL claim all students must also evidence:

  • Achievement of level 2 (or equivalent) literacy and numeracy. Equivalent qualification include GCSE level A*-C, or the new GCSE standard 9-4, Scotland National level 5 or International level 4 (PIAAC, AILS, ALL)
  • Be aged 18 or over

Following successful application students are required to complete the next stage in the entry process which include:

  • Functional skills assessment
  • Relevant clinical written assessment
  • Relevant clinical practical assessment
  • Interview

After successfully completing the entrance process you will be offered a place onto the programme (subject to available spaces).

Interview 

The applicant will be invited to discuss:

  • current paramedic practice in context
  • contemporary issues around paramedic practice (student informed in advance)

Applicants will be informed of the outcome within 7 working days and if successful will be provided with joining instructions for the programme.

If any applicant does not meet the entry criteria they will receive comprehensive and timely feedback designed to guide them to undertake remedial training to assist in meeting the required criteria in the future.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Evidence required around a good reading, writing and spoken English (where English is the second language applicants must demonstrate competent skills in written and spoken English to IELTS 7.0 with minimum of 6.5 in each of the sub tests).

 Disclosure and Baring Service (DBS)

Successful applicants will undergo enhanced checks via the DBS www.gov.uk/disclosure-baring-service formerly CRB. Your DBS will be applied for following an accepted offer onto the programme. All associated costs will be met by Medipro.

Immunisations / Vaccinations

All students who successfully complete and accept a place on the programme will be required to undergo an Occupational Health questionnaire as well as immunisation programme for clinical practice. All associated costs will be met by Medipro

Having criminal convictions, medical conditions or disabilities should not discourage you to apply for this programme. However, we encourage all students to discuss any concerns before applying so we can review your unique case and support you through the process.

READY TO APPLY? Start by completing this application form 

 

 

Apply

L6 Paramedic Practice Application Form

RPL Application Form

RPL Student Guidance

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Where To Stay

Medipro have an exclusive deal with Travelodge Darlington to offer directly en-suite double rooms from £47.50* per night, room only. This is a 2 minute walk from our center. Rooms can be cancelled before midday on your day of arrival. Call us to book your room. *subject to availability

FAQ

If I am unsuccessful during the entrance process, can I apply in the future?

Yes of course, should a potential student be unsuccessful during the initial entrance process (year 1 or year 2) we will give constructive feedback, advice and suggestions. This will allow you to focus on any specific areas of improvement to allow you to re-apply at a later date.

What about attendance, do I need to attend each session?

 YES. The structure of the programme is very intense and such Medipro feel it is essential that each session is attended.

We do however recognise the need in an emergency that you may miss some sessions. In this instance, we have systems in place to ensure your studies are not affected and you do not fall behind.

Full details can be found within the Attendance Policy

We also recognise some students may have exceptional instances where student needs to be extended, especially placements. In this instance students can apply for special considerations on a ‘case by case’ basis.

Within year 1 and 2 there is allocated holiday periods for you to take rest and family time.

 Where will my clinical placements be?

Practice placements are arranged in a variety of areas to enhance your knowledge, skills and education. Full details including times, maps and dedicated practice placement mentors will be given to you during the programme.

Examples of placements may include:

  • NHS Hospitals
  • NHS Ambulance Service
  • NHS minor injury units
  • GP surgeries
  • Other relevant approved placement areas

Can I arrange my own placement?

This is possible following our robust clinical practice placement audit tool. However, you must have this is place and agreed before you commence this programme.

Are the placements ‘practice placement’ and will I be insured?

Yes, all our placements are practice placements under the supervision of your mentor and all students of Medipro on placement are insured under our ‘medical malpractice’ insurance policy.

Will I be paid for placements?

All placements form part of the programme and are not paid.

Will I have to work shifts whilst on placement?

Yes, do to the nature of the paramedic role and the agreement with our placement providers, you will be allocated a mixture of shifts that may include weekends, nights and bank holidays.

I work in the hospital/ambulance sector already, can I get some of my placement hours signed off before I start the course?

Unfortunately not, the reason behind this is because the placements we provide are there to embed the new learning and teaching that you will be completing during the programme

What if I don’t get all my competencies signed off?

Medipro understands that not all competencies may be achieved in practice. This is why we allocate 750 hours of clinical practice placement to give you as much opportunity as possible. If, for whatever reason some competencies are not ‘signed off’ we can support in a number of ways, which may include extending the placement, arranging an alternative, simulated assessment as-well as several other strategies. If we need to extend any placement or adopt any other assessment plan, there will be no additional costs to the student.

What if I need to cancel my programme?

If you need to cancel your programme, for whatever reason, then Medipro can look at moving you onto a future programme. If you need to cancel and are unable to re-schedule, then you will need to refer to Medipro terms and conditions regarding cancellation fees and exiting a course.

If I’m unsuccessful can I get a refund?

If you are unsuccessful then Medipro will look at developing you an individual learning plan to close out any identified deficiencies and discuss the possibility of returning on a future programme.

What if I have a complaint?

Medipro takes all complaints seriously and will attempt to resolve all complaints satisfactorily.  Details of the complaints procedure is available in Medipro Complaints Policy as well as your student handbook.

Can I appeal an academic decision?

Yes, Medipro operate a robust appeals process for students who don’t agree with an academic grade, award or assessment decision. Details of how to raise an academic appeal is contained within your student handbook.

What happens if I fail an assessment?

Throughout the programme there are several assessments as well as a number of varied assessment strategies. Should any student fail or not pass any element, Medipro will put in place a robust development plan to assist you in achieving the required standard. All assessment can be retaken to give students as much opportunity to achieve the award.

What if I don’t have the FREC 5 and SALM awards, can I still apply?

Medipro only recognise the FREUC 5 (Level 5 Diploma in First Response Emergency and Urgent Care) and SALM (Level 3 Award in Safe Administration of Lifesaving Medication ) Qualsafe Awards qualifications as RPL entry to year 2. However, if students have other equivalent awards they should contact us to discuss any available options.

The number of available places for year 2 RPL students will be dependant on the places available form the cohort that start their programme in year 1. If no places are available, successful RPL students will be placed on a waiting list for the next available slot.

If I already have FREUC level 5 and SALM level 3, why do I still need to complete written and practical assessments to RPL into year 2?

We complete assessments for all students wishing to RPL onto level2 to ensure your clinical knowledge and skills have been maintained. It also demonstrates a level of commitment to your studies as well as showing that you are well prepared for this programme.

 Can I pick my own mentor?

Unfortunately not, all mentors are professional clinicians and qualified within their role as a practice mentor. However, if you have a compliant about your mentor, you can raise this in the normal complaints procedure, or speak to the Medipro (Practice Placement Facilitator) PPF to discuss any concerns.

When is payment required?

This depends on how you fund your course. We have a number of options available which include 0% finance loans, ELCAS support and professional career development loans (PCDL) via the government. However, funding options change all the time so it is worth contacting us to see how we can help.

If you fund the programme yourself or receive a loan to fund the full amount, we would bill you in quarterly instalments (the first quarter being payable prior to starting the course).

If we receive the full balance from our finance broker or via government support, we would hold the full balance in a holding account and draw upon it in quarterly amounts, ensuing it is always protected throughout the duration of the programme.

One factor to consider, if you are eligible for government funding or support then the course costs are reduced to remove the VAT amount.

Can I work during the periods I am not on placement?

Yes, this is due to the programme following the FREC model during year 1, meaning upon successful completion of the first 3 modules you would receive the FREC  4 award and following completion of the remainder of year 1, you would receive the FREUC 5 award.

If I fail or decide not to continue would I receive any certificates or awards?

Yes, as above. As long as you successfully complete the FREC  4 or 5 awards in full, you would be entitled to these exit awards. Please note these awards would not make you eligible to apply for HCPC paramedic registration. Only the completion of the entire 2 year programme would enable this.

What assessments do I complete?

The assessments are varied throughout the programme and include:

  • Short answer question papers
  • Student work books
  • Assignments which include essays, reflections and case studies
  • Presentations
  • Group discussions
  • Practical OSCEs
  • Placement competencies

Whilst essays and academic work can be daunting for many, we work with all students to ensure they are well prepared and supported throughout the entire process.

Do I need a UK Visa to attend this course?

If you are not a UK or EU citizen then yes you would need an appropriate visa to attend. We are currently in the process of obtaining a home office licence to support your visa, please contact us to register your interest.

I have visable tattoo and/or facial piercings, can I still apply?

There is no definitive answer to this question as we would need to consult our placement provider(s) as this would fall within their policies and procedures. We encourage you to contact us to discuss your individual case.

Is there a fitness test?

We don’t complete a fitness test as part of the entrance process, however, we do require all students to complete a health deceleration. As your training provider we do reserve the right to challenge students who we feel are not physically fit for the role of a paramedic. In such instances we would seek expert advice from our occupational health department and/or seek clarification from the HCPC.

Is there a minimum or maximum age to join the programme?

The minimum age would be 18 and there is no maximum age. If you are physically fit and well and wish to pursue this career, we welcome your application

 

Do the costs include accommodation?

No, students are responsible for arranging their own accommodation at their own cost. However, we can help you find the most cost effective solution and some of the finance and loan options can have accommodation costs added to them.

Can I go onto further educational programmes after this course?

Yes as a registered HCPC paramedic with an up-to-date CPD portfolio most universities would welcome you to further enhance your learning. In fact we already have a working relationship with a local university for this process.

Do the ambulance services accept this Diploma for their paramedic staff or would I have to have a university award?

There is no requirement to have any particular award to be employed by the NHS ambulance service as a paramedic. The services require that you are registered with the HCPC as a paramedic, which this programme will allow you to be eligible to apply.

Can I complete this programme part-time?

The programme is a full-time award and we are unable to support a part-time or distance learning option. However, we understand there maybe exceptional circumstances where you may need additional time to complete your placement hours, in which case we can extend the time you are granted to complete your hours, following our ‘special considerations policy’.

I have a criminal conviction, can I still apply?

Having a criminal conviction or caution may not necessarily bar you from entering the HCPC register as a paramedic. Therefore please contact us to discuss your individual circumstances and we will obtain clarification for you.

I have a disability or a long term medical condition, can I still apply?

Having a disability or long term health condition doesn’t necessarily prevent you from becoming a paramedic. We encourage you to contact us to discuss your individual circumstances.

If I have further questions or concerns can I speak with someone?

Yes. We will be releasing several dates for open days where students who are considering this course can call in and discuss the issues or concerns. Alternatively our admission team are always at hand to assist and can be contacted via email at admissisons@medipro.co.uk or by calling 01325 609030

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