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IHCD Paramedic Course

South Western Ambulance Service Foundation Trust (SWAST) and Prometheus Medical Ltd are currently in partnership to deliver the Institute of Healthcare and Development (IHCD) Paramedic Award and Military Medical Ambulance Technician Conversion training.

After due consideration, South Western Ambulance Service Foundation Trust (SWAST) now wishes to focus on Higher Education paramedic training rather than the vocational route.  For this reason, it has been decided that the last IHCD Paramedic Award course (BTEC Level 4 in Paramedic Practice), run by SWAST and Prometheus Medical, will be 10 February – 25 July 2014. While the HE component of paramedic practice is becoming increasingly preferred, past and current students can be assured that they will not be disadvantaged in any way as the course is still recognised by the Health and Care Professions Council as meeting the educational standard for registration with them as a Paramedic, which remains the employment requirement for most ambulance services.

Prometheus and SWAST have also decided to withdraw the Military Medic Ambulance Technician Conversion Course (BTEC Level 3 in Ambulance Aid) from its course programme.  This decision has been made because, even though it remains a valid qualification and is recognised by some organisations offering the higher education paramedic route, it was originally intended by Prometheus and SWAST as a route to the IHCD Paramedic Award modular course. 

The Prometheus and SWAST partnership was formed to deliver this training as a way to enable military medics to meaningfully translate their military medical experience into civilian qualifications.  We are delighted that this has been the case for the past two years.  It has been a pleasure to have worked together on this important project and we wish SWAST continued success.