College of Paramedics
Past President: Roland Furber (deceased)
The College of Paramedics, formerly the British Paramedic Association, is the independent professional body for paramedics in the United Kingdom. The role of the College is to promote and develop the Paramedic profession across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The College represents the Paramedic profession across key organisations such as the UK regulator - Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), the Department of Health and the Joint Royal Colleges Ambulance Liaison Committee (JRCALC).
Paramedicine in the UK began with regional schemes in the 1970s and the introduction of a national course in 1985 for ‘extended care ambulance staff.’ The statutory regulator, the Health Professions Council (HPC) - now Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) was formed in 2001, and as part of its remit is required to liaise with professional bodies representing each of the professions for whom it is responsible.
Paramedics were the only professional group in the initial registration to not have representation by a central body. Two members of staff from the then Essex Ambulance Service established a professional association to represent the paramedic profession and undertake the self-regulation of paramedic standards and education required by the HPC. The name of 'British Paramedic Association' (BPA) was agreed at an inaugural meeting held at AMBEX in 2001.
In 2009 its name was changed to the College of Paramedics. This reflected the associations ambitions to be not only the professional voice of pre-hospital ambulance clinicians, but as the driving authority for increasing sections of pre-hospital clinical care education, training, proficiency and continuous professional development.
The College of Paramedics is structured around a membership elected Governing Council of peers, supported by a Council appointed Executive. To act as a conduit for information, regional groups were developed to support members, governed by the Regional Council member.
|Northern Ireland||Andy McFarlane||Ciaran McKenna|
|Scotland||Dahrlene Tough||Neil Sinclair*/Isobel Donaldson|
|North East||Paul Younger||Graham McClelland*|
|North West||Jason Comber||Glenys Harley|
|Yorkshire||Liz Harris||Shaun Knott|
|East Midlands||Dave Roberts||Steve Porter|
|West Midlands||Andy Proctor||Simon Greenfield|
|East of England||Tracy Nicholls||Ashley Richardson|
|South Central||Ursula Rolfe||Ken Street|
|London||Will Broughton*||Martin Berry|
|South East Coast||Florian Breitenbach||Vacancy|
|Great Western||Jim Petter||William Lee|
|South West||Kris Lethbridge||Richard Steggall|
|Military||Kevin Swift||Kevin McClean|
|Student||Liam Webb||Kate Jackson|
|* = casual appointment|
|Chief Executive Officer||David Hodge|
|Chair of Council||Prof. Andy Newton|
|Vice-Chair of Council||John Martin|
|Executive Director of Communications||Richard Webber|
|Executive Director of Professional Standards||Graham Harris|
|Executive Director of Membership Services||Andy Sharman|
|Executive Officer||Martin Berry|
|Assistant Director of Professional Standards||Lizi Hickson|
|Professional Advisor||Prof. Barry Hunt|
There are three levels of membership available within the College of Paramedics:
- Full – available to Paramedics (registered with the HCPC).
- Student – available to those who are currently undertaking a Health and Care Professions Council approved course leading to eligibility to apply to the register.
- Associate – available to anyone interested and / or involved Paramedic practice.
Post-Numeral and Fellowships
The College of Paramedics authorises the use of the following post-nominals by full members:
- MCPara - Member of the College of Paramedics
- FCPara - Fellow of the College of Paramedics. The title of Fellow of the College of Paramedics is awarded to Paramedics who have made outstanding contributions to either the development of Paramedic education, improving professional practice, or outstanding contributions towards the objectives of the College of Paramedics.
Whilst the College has organised many educational events in the past, it launched its first full programme of continuing professional development events in 2011. These events are held throughout the UK and assist its members to maintain and develop their professional skills and knowledge.
The College is currently working closely with a number of stakeholders, including Health Education England, to provide a framework for the development of the profession, including post graduate specialist and advanced practice; there is a pilot specialist practice in primary care joint examination with the Royal College of General Practitioners. There is currently work ongoing to examine the possibility of Independent Prescribing for paramedics within England with NHS England.
The College is currently reviewing its status, communications channels and publications, and will be updated on this page shortly.
A list of documents is below;
- A Curriculum Framework for Ambulance Education (2006) (newer versions have been produced but are not open access or freely available to the public)
- Position statement on intubation (2008)
- Annual Reports
- Administration of drugs by Paramedics and Student Paramedics (2011) 
The College of Paramedics are active participants of a range of groups, including the Joint Royal College Ambulance Liaison Committee and the AACE Clinical Practice Guidelines (http://aace.org.uk/clinical-practice-guidelines/). The College is also a member of the Royal College of Physicians hosted Intercollegiate Stroke Working Party and Guidelines Development Group, leading the pre-hospital guidelines development sub-group. The College has been the key partner in the development of the Professional Guidance on the Content of Ambulance Clinical Records (http://www.england.nhs.uk/2014/12/18/ambulance-recs/)
The College’s Council members attend many national meetings and groups each year to represent the views and interests of the Paramedic Profession. The following is an indication of the breadth of the work of the College on behalf of its members in particular and the profession in general.
Higher Education Ambulance Development Group (HEADG)
- Joint Royal College Ambulance Liaison Committee (JRCALC)
- JRCALC Clinical Guidelines Group
- UK Stroke Forum
- Allied Health Professions Federation (AHPF)
- Department of Health
- Ambulance Workforce Forum
- Connecting for Health (CfH)
- National Ambulance Education & Development Forum
- Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine
- Ambulance Infection Control Group
- Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
- The Trauma Care Council
- The National Ambulance Research Steering Group
- The Faculty of Pre-hospital Care (RCSEd) Board
- The 999 EMS Research Forum Board
- Cardiovascular, Stroke and Vascular Specialist Collections of NHS Evidence (formerly the National Electronic Library for Health)
- United Kingdom Pre-hospital Sepsis Working Party (Surviving Sepsis campaign)
- National Governance Group for NHS Pathways
- 999 EMS Research Forum Board
- Faculty of Pre-hospital Care (RCSEd)
- Curriculum Advisory Group to the Inter-collegiate Board for the sub-speciality of pre-hospital care
- "Web Links for Paramedic Studies". Liverpool John Moores University.
- "Allied health profession disciplines". Department of Health.
- "The Need for a Professional Body for UK Paramedics". Journal of Emergency Primary Health Care 4 (1). 2006.
- "About Registration - Professions - Paramedic". Health Professions Council.
- "Main Committee Members". Joint Royal Colleges Ambulance Liaison Committee.
- British Paramedic Association http://www.britishparamedic.org/aboutbpa/
- Curriculum Framework http://teaching.shu.ac.uk/hwb/paramedic/mentors/pdf/BPA_Curriculum.pdf
- Intubation Position Statement http://www.jrcalc.org.uk/intubation_paper_v4.pdf