MediPro have delivered Associate Ambulance Practitioner (AAP) courses for several years, ranging from apprenticeships for NHS Ambulance Service Trusts to commercial courses at our training centres.
But what is an Associate Ambulance Practitioner? What are their duties and how do you become one? Here, we have a guide to help you with all things AAP.
What is an Associate Ambulance Practitioner? What duties do they have?
An Associate Ambulance Practitioner (AAP) works as a part of an ambulance crew, responding to emergency (999) and urgent calls & driving safely and progressively at high speeds.
An AAP works alongside either a registered paramedic or another suitably qualified member of staff, delivering high-quality emergency and urgent care to a wide range of patient groups.
They have many of the same skills as paramedics, including being able to assess, treat and manage patients at the scene and assist with non-conveyance or onward referral as necessary. This reduces the need for hospital admissions. Other tasks include working closely with other emergency services and the wider NHS.
As an Associate Ambulance Practitioner, you will need to be confident in:
- evaluating different approaches to solving problems
- communicating results accurately and reliably, with structured and coherent arguments and the ability to evaluate and interpret these
In the NHS, AAPs will usually work standard hours of 37.5 per week, these are on a shift pattern. Shifts cover 24 hours a day, seven days a week throughout the year. Your work pattern includes evenings, nights, early starts, weekends and bank holidays. You need to be prepared to work outdoors in all conditions, where necessary.
Associate Ambulance Practitioners may also be called Emergency Medical Technicians or Trainee Emergency Ambulance Crews, depending on the individual ambulance service.
AAPs will usually be paid at NHS Band 4 rates. If you are in a trainee or apprenticeship position, you may receive a percentage of the band 4 rate, rising to the full band rate once qualified.
As of April 2021, NHS Band 4 means that you are paid £22,549, rising to £24,882 after 3 years of experience. Additional payments apply if you live in the Greater London area.
Is there the possibility of career progression?
There is the possibility of career progression as an AAP.
You could progress to becoming a team leader or supervisor. You would oversee a team of AAPs, being responsible for allocating work and drawing up shift rotas.
You can also apply to train as a paramedic. You would have to pass entrance exams and meet other requirements before being accepted onto a full-time paramedic course, paramedic degree apprenticeship or student paramedic position with an ambulance service trust.
At MediPro, we are delivering our new Level 6 Paramedic Programme, with the first students starting in 2023. More information on this can be found here.
Our Associate Ambulance Practitioner course
We have run many Associate Ambulance Practitioner courses over the years, ranging from apprenticeships for NHS Ambulance Service Trusts to commercial courses at our training centres. For self-funded students, we have had a 100% success rate for self-funded students.
We run this as an initial 12-week course along with two return weeks over a one-year duration. As part of the qualification, students are required to complete 750 hours of clinical placement. We can organise this on behalf of our students through our clinical services company or our partners.
Students must be at least 18 years of age to attend this course and have a good level of numeracy, literacy and IT skills and physical fitness. Students will be required to complete an English and Maths preassessment on the first day.
Students will be required to apply for an enhanced DBS, which MediPro will complete on their behalf.
If you would like to book our AAP course, please visit the Ambulance section of our website, or call us on 01325 609030.