Partnership provides more opportunity for First Response Paramedics

Thursday, 04 December, 2014


London, 4 December 2014:  The partnership between Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick and First Response, leaders in provision of paramedic and critical care services, will see more Paramedics employed by First Response, a division of Medical Services Ltd, provided with an opportunity to become qualified Critical Care Paramedics.

Four students will be awarded with scholarships to attend University of Warwick and complete the postgraduate certificate in Pre-hospital Critical Care.  The course uses three modules to provide students with the academically applicable material that will allow them to operate successfully in the critical care arena.  The modules are Advanced Emergency Practice, Critical Care Transfer and Pre-Hospital Special Incident Management.   As a part-time course it allows Paramedics to apply their learning while working in situ.

David Harris, Director of Paramedic Services, Medical Services, “We are very happy to be working with Warwick Medical School to provide our Paramedics with  the opportunity to progress to Critical Care Paramedics at a time when there is an acute shortage of professionals throughout the health service.

“Once they have completed this postgraduate course they will be valuable assets to our teams currently working on contracts in London and South East England.”

Professor Gavin Perkins, Clinical Professor in Critical Care Medicine at Warwick Medical School is very encouraging about the partnership and would like to see more students in this kind of education.  He says, “At the moment we have an enormous need for qualified staff to be deployed in ambulance stations across the country and this partnership is a step in the right direction.  Our partnership with organisations such as First Response allows us to encourage students from all areas of healthcare, whether it be NHS or private healthcare providers.”

Paramedics working with First Response have the added advantage of working with some of the most advanced technology in the field of emergency medicine.  Each vehicle is equipped with state of the art Ventilator (Medumat Standard2) and defibrillator/monitoring device (Corpuls3) which delivers dynamic telemedicine capabilities all adding value to the quality of care provided from them.

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