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What is an AAP?

 

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.

MediPro with TEAC / AAP apprentices for London Ambulance Service

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.

A cohort of MediPro-taught TEAC apprentices for London Ambulance Service

AAP Salary?

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.

Testimonials

My first experience of training with MediPro was just over 5 years ago when I undertook my Ambulance Technician training whilst looking for a change of career. Following the completion of the course, I was offered employment as an ambulance technician, supporting local NHS trusts in providing emergency and urgent care.

Since starting with MediPro I have continued to be supported throughout my career and they have enabled me to continue to develop both personally and professionally, working towards my ambition to qualify as a HCPC registered Paramedic.

Additionally, I have been offered and supported through a level 3 teaching qualification, as well as a mentor qualification. This has allowed me to broaden my practice and develop as a clinician, working in a dual role as an ambulance technician, mentoring students in practice, as well as in a teaching capacity.

Last year I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to apply for the MediPro Level 6 Diploma in Paramedic Practice, as an alternative to university this suited my situation perfectly. Despite being a non-university programme I was still fully supported through every step of my journey & I now work as an HCPC registered Paramedic for MediPro with the ambition to consolidate my practice and develop my teaching skills.

Overall, MediPro has provided me with amazing opportunities and support since starting my career 5 years ago. The knowledge, skills and experiences have enabled me to develop as a professional and as a person, which has been invaluable. I’ve also gained some brilliant working relationships and friendships along the way.

Alex Hutchinson, Clinical Tutor, MediPro

I completed my level 3 CERAD in March of this year, this was the third course I have done with Medipro in the last 14 months. In all of the courses I have done with Medipro I have found nothing but genuine, friendly, top class people. 

The level 3 CERAD was intense and challenging but Colin was excellent in his delivery, explanation and constructive criticism. 

Can not recommend MediPro enough, I have booked onto my Freuc 5 at the end of this year.  

Phil Brazier, Level 3 CERAD

Since graduating from my Sports Science and Injury Rehabilitation degree, I have been desperate to work in the healthcare industry, particularly emergency care. When I came across the MediPro ECA apprenticeship, I knew I had to apply. The opportunity to learn new skills, whilst gaining practical experience in the field, seemed too good to be true – but it has proven to be the opposite! 

The opportunity has not only allowed me to learn more about this complex profession, but grow in confidence as a person. The experience is designed in such a way that I was allowed to gain confidence in my ability, before increasing my responsibility. This was primarily done by working with other welcoming and experienced colleagues, who were all extremely helpful in guiding me through the process. The leadership and mentor team have been with me every step of the way, ensuring that I am well equipped to operate to the high standards that are required, whilst also showing great trust in me to put my skills into practice. 

MediPro has allowed me to access my dream career and have given me an experience so far that has ensured it will be a lifelong journey. 

Emily Bonham, ECA Apprenticeship, MediPro

Medipro is a very responsive apprenticeship training provider. They help us build and retain a very skilled, competent and patient care focused team of Emergency Care Assistants.

They also provide Paramedic training for Ambulance Technicians helping us to develop critical skills for our business.

The programme has helped us train and develop our workforce and has been extremely well organised and facilitated, and I am pleased to say that skills development goes from strength to strength.

We have found our working relationship with MediPro to be a very proactive one and we look forward/ to continuing to work together.

James Tavener
Training Manager, Bristol Ambulance EMS

MediPro have become a key support to our operations, helping us offer a safe, compliant and superior medical response service to our clientele. They have assisted us in the development of new competency programmes for our staff, new documentation flows for our patients and advised on new equipment and practices that improve our immediate treatment delivery. In addition, they have been a consistent and reliable source of guidance and advice throughout our work together. I would highly recommend their services which are operationally outstanding and financially very reasonable.

Peter Burke, Operations Manager, Teesside

I am a commercial Diver from Trinidad and Tobago.

I chose MediPro as it was recommended to me by a friend.

The teacher was very knowledgeable and made the lessons fun so it was easy to absorb. I am new to the Medical Diving field so it was very exciting learning more and going deeper into medical conditions and illnesses specific to diving. Being a diver, it will be a great asset for me to recognise and be able to administer aid should it be needed.

Kevin, Diver Medic Technician

I have been attending training at MediPro for 10 years. The offshore medic and distance learning refresher is great. Lovely people, great attitude, great educators.

Julian Searle
Offshore Medic Refresher
Distance Learning

The clinical placement in the unique Urgent Care Centre, North Tees Hospital, is exactly suited for the Offshore Medic course, allowing me to demonstrate all previous Learnt Theoretical, for urgent Primary care assessments in the field.

The mixture of GPs & Urgent Care Practitioner Nurses provided a 24/7 facility for a diverse range of presentations. I also spent time in the busy accident & emergency department.

Martin Hagues, Offshore Medic

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