The College of Paramedics is the recognised professional body for paramedics in the UK. The College represents its members in all matters affecting their clinical practice and supports them to achieve the highest standards of patient care.
The College provides support to the profession by providing advice to members and those who are considering joining the ambulance professions.
The College further represents the interests of paramedics and ambulance clinicians by providing a contact point for the media, through membership of appropriate committees and advisory groups, by developing professional standards guidance, and by responding to consultation documents and requests for advice from government, and other professional and registrant bodies.
Membership is open to those who are UK paramedics registered with the Health and Care Professions Council, are interested in the sector or are studying for a qualification leading to eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council.
How does your organisation contribute to preventing suicide and supporting those affected by it?
Regular, multi-platform communication with College members and the paramedic profession on key messages of mental health awareness, it’s good to talk, It’s ok not to be ok, suicide prevention, time to talk, end the stigma.
Work closely with The Ambulance Staff Charity (TASC), highlighting to members and the paramedic profession and associated professions/workers, TASC’s ability to support those who are experiencing mental health, bereavement, or welfare issues. Direct enquiries from its members who are in need of counselling services to the TASC help-lines which provide mental health support and advice, bereavement support services, and debt advice.
Provide a high quality, researched, Peer Support Programme for members referred to the regulator, the HCPC, for Fitness to Practice concerns.
Work with the major employers of the profession on both staff wellbeing and patient mental health, as well as reducing referrals to the HCPC for fitness to practice concerns.
Collaborate with other organisations involved with supporting the paramedic profession and associated professions/workers, in order to pool resources and co-ordinate efforts for example the Ambulance Quality Improvement initiative #ProjectA
Promote key Mental Health dates such as World Mental Health Day, Mental Health Awareness Week, Time to Talk Day, World Suicide Prevention Day, on website and social media.
The mental health and wellbeing of members is one of the five strategic aims in the College’s 5 year 2019-2024 strategy.
What are your current priorities?
Mental Health and Wellbeing is now a standing and priority item on the Board Agenda.
Ensuring that mental health awareness and the associated messages are front and centre in all College events and communications.
Ensuring the peer support programme is successful and effective.
What challenges are you currently facing?
Building capacity within our small and still young organisation.
Influencing the conditions and supporting responses within the employer organisations.