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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Programme 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.

Fall-Back Awards:

There are two fall-back 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.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must undertake the appropriate academic and professional entry standard assessment.  

Stage 1 Application form with detailed evidence of:

  • 5 GCSEs or equivalent. Equivalent qualification includes GCSE level A*-C, or the new GCSE standard 9-4, Scotland National level 5 or International level 4 (PIAAC, AILS, ALL) and must include English and Maths
  • Achievement of a level 3 Regulated course (RQF, QCF or equivalent) with at least a 20 credit value within a health related subject, completed 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:

  • Level 2 functional skills assessment (numeracy and literacy)
  • Relevant clinical written assessment
  • Relevant clinical practical assessment
  • Pre-prepared presentation
  • Interview

Applicants will be informed of the outcome within 10 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 feedback designed to guide them to undertake remedial training/action to assist in meeting the required criteria in the future.

Stage 2 application process:

  • 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 students must also evidence all other entry criteria

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 10 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 feedback designed to guide them to undertake remedial training/action to assist in meeting the required criteria in the future.

Additional Entry Requirements:

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.

Medipro conduct an annual criminal record self-declaration form to ensure no convictions have occurred from the application date.

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

It is important that you discuss and disclose any criminal convictions or long term medical issues during the application stage.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

The Medipro Diploma in Paramedic Practice has two entry points for students:

  • Beginning of Stage 1 (Year 1)
  • Beginning of Stage 2 (Year 2) – Full RPL of Stage 1 required. Students will be unable to claim for part of Stage 1. Medipro have a maximum student number of 12 per cohort, which means access to year 2 is limited to the available slots from the corresponding cohort of year 1 (to a maximum of 12 students in total)

Students who wish to apply for a claim of RPL are required to complete the programme entry and assessment process as detailed above.

Applicants will be informed of the outcome within 10 working days and if successful will be provided with joining instructions for the next programme with available slots. If no programme is available, the applicant will be held on a waiting list until such time a space becomes available.

The only qualification eligible for RPL application onto the start of stage 2 is the QA First Response Emergency and Urgent Care Level 5 and Qualsafe Awards Safe Administration of Lifesaving Medications.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Medipro actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and has systems in place to monitor this throughout the programme from admission to completion.

Disability Support

Any student who is registered as disabled or has a long-term health condition, will be advised to read the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) booklet:

http://www.hcpcuk.org/assets/documents/10004D79Healthdisabilityandbecomingahealthandcareprofessional.pdf

Medipro strongly recommends that students inform us about any long-term health conditions, learning difficulty or disability. This is so Medipro can assess whether we can deliver the programme in such a way that taking will not disadvantage the student both with Medipro and whilst on clinical placement.

 

 

How to 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, this will also meet the programme’s minimum requirements. 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 professionalism. Full details including times, maps and dedicated practice placement mentors will be given to you during the programme. Current practice placements include: North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust (trust wide) and North Tees and Hartlepool NHS trust hospitals

Can I arrange my own placement?

This is possible following our robust clinical practice placement audit tool. However, you must have this in 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 Practice Placement Mentor and all students of Medipro on placement are insured under our ‘medical malpractice’ insurance policy.

Will I be paid for placements?

Placements form part of the programme and are not paid.

Will I be part of a crew or supernumerary during placements?

All students are supernumerary during placement.

Will I have to work shifts whilst on placement?

Yes, due 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, no. The reason for this is because the placements we provide are there to embed the new learning and teaching that you will be completing during the programme. It may be that your employer agrees to become a placement area, but this would need audit and agreement prior to commencement.

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.

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 give constructive feedback to support your learning. Students can re-sit each of the assessments once, should any student fail the re-sit, they would be removed from the programme.

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

Medipro only recognise the Qualsafe Awards FREUC 5 (Level 5 Diploma in First Response Emergency and Urgent Care) and SALM (Level 3 Award in Safe Administration of Lifesaving Medication) 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 dependent on the places available from 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.

 Can I pick my own Practice Placement Mentor?

Unfortunately, not. All Practice Placement Mentors are professional clinicians and qualified within their role. However, if you have a compliant about your Practice Placement Mentor, you can raise this in the normal complaints procedure, or speak to the Medipro Practice Placement Facilitator to discuss any concerns.

 Can a qualified ambulance technician sign my competencies?

Competencies can only be signed by ‘registered’ medical professionals (e.g. HCPC paramedic, NMC nurse, GMC doctor etc). You can still work with a qualified ambulance technician as part of your 750 clinical practice hours, but they are not able to sign any competencies. They can however, provide witness statements or other evidence to support learning outcomes that your mentor can review.

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 FREUC 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 and SALM award. But NOT be eligible for Paramedic Registration.

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

Yes, as above. As long as you successfully complete the specific modules in full, you would be entitled to these ‘fall-back’ awards. Please see the section concerning exit awards.

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. At the beginning of the programme you will undertake a study skills module to support you.

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 visible 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 an annual 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 a degree programme after this course?

As a registered HCPC Paramedic with an up-to-date CPD portfolio, many (if not all) universities would welcome you to top-up to BSc status. In fact, we already have a working relationship with a local university for this process. Please check with your local or chosen university for full clarification.

Do the ambulance services accept this qualification for their paramedic staff or would I have to have a degree?

There is no requirement to have a degree 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’. The total time available to remain registered to achieve the award is 4 years.

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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