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S5W-05557: Lewis Macdonald (North East Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 13 December 2016

To ask the Scottish Government how many of the 200 new paramedics announced in July 2016 will be (a) trained and (b) employed in the Grampian area.

Answered by: Shona Robison 10 January 2017

Through an additional £5m funding from the Scottish Government the Scottish Ambulance Service are training an additional 200 Paramedics for frontline care in Scotland. This year’s recruitment plan is the first phase of a 5 year programme that will enhance the clinical skills mix of staff and introduce new ways of working to best meet the needs of patients in all communities.

The new Paramedics will be trained from the current cohort of around 1,100 qualified Ambulance Technicians, supported by a recruitment drive to backfill those who are moving into the Paramedic roles with over 200 new Technicians.

These new paramedics are undertaking a Higher Education Diploma in Paramedic Practice. This is a 12 month course undertaken at the Scottish Ambulance Service Academy at Glasgow Caledonian University and includes 750 hours of practice placement as well as 5 weeks placement in hospital.

Of the 200 paramedics being trained this year 32 are to be based in the Grampian area.