Today, the College of Paramedics has great pleasure in telling members that we have now officially begun the process to seek a Royal Charter.
There are many formalities to work through as we embark on this journey but we are confident that we meet all the criteria necessary to be granted Royal Charter status, which if awarded, would strengthen our professional voice and leadership.
While we firmly believe that now is the right time to begin this process we are fully aware that Royal Charters are rarely awarded and that our application could be rejected. We will, of course, keep you updated as we move from one stage to the next.
The College of Paramedics is the professional body for all paramedics in the UK, representing over 21,000 members. Our role is to promote excellence and shape the future of the paramedic profession across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
In recent years, the roles and areas in which paramedics work have become increasingly diverse and we aim to give a voice to, and represent, all paramedics across these range of work settings.
Tracy Nicholls, Chief Executive of the College of Paramedics said: “We have heard your strong views about the College’s journey to becoming a Royal College, and the application for a Royal Charter is the first step on that journey. You told us that this would reflect the professions’ contribution to supporting the health and care of patients and would give you a huge sense of pride. We believe the time is now right to take that step, following the enormous contribution that paramedics have made in the pandemic and for the incredible compassion and care that has been shown, whatever your area of work. We will ensure regular communications with you and consult with you at every stage.”