As a result of the change to the educational requirement for registration to the HCPC moving to BSc, there have been national efforts to establish a Paramedic development programme that satisfies this criteria. The University of Cumbria has been approved to provide a suitable replacement programme in the form of the paramedic degree apprenticeship.
This programme will utilise the Trusts apprenticeship levy and will therefore cover the tuition fees of the programme.
However, as a pre-requisite for the Apprenticeship, the bridging course cannot be funded via the levy. This will need to be self-funded at the cost of £1550, although the Trust can cover this and you pay back over a 12 month period through salary deduction.
Successful applications will have to demonstrate all of the following, proof of which will be required as part of the selection process
– A minimum of two years’ experience as an ECA, Ambulance Practitioner or Technician as at 31 May 2021 (Cohort Three) or 30 August 2021 (Cohort Four)
– GCSE Grade A-C in Maths and English, or the equivalent Functional Skills certificate. You will need to be able to evidence your qualifications by 25 January 2022 (Cohort One) or 29 March 2022 (Cohort Two)
– A minimum contract of 30 hours per week
If you have any questions about the Paramedic Apprenticeship, please contact ODTeam@swast.nhs.uk