Large numbers of UK paramedics are now employed in the field of clinical practice which is broadly known as Primary Care. In GP practices, in minor injury and illness units and in a variety of other settings, suitably qualified and experienced paramedics are proving to be flexible, adaptable and safe in the delivery of urgent and ongoing care. Many are developing considerable specialist expertise in a range of different roles.

The College of Paramedics supports the development of paramedic practice in primary care, recognising the contribution that paramedics can make to effective and safe care in community settings. The College partnered together with Health Education England and Skills for Health to produce the Paramedic Specialist in Primary and Urgent Care Core Capabilities Framework and has produced the Employers’ Guide for Paramedics in Primary and Urgent Care. This document was created by a multi-professional group, with input from a range of external stakeholders. The guide is for employers, or potential employers of paramedics – to have in one place the core information regarding:

  • The current education and regulatory standards for the paramedic profession
  • Requirements for consolidation for new registrants
  • Support and development for paramedics, including clinical supervision
  • Recommendations for CPD, appraisal and career development

The document is subject to regular review and updates as required. Feedback is welcome, please email 

The College also offers the well established Diploma in Primary and Urgent Care, a benchmark qualification for paramedics and other health professionals working in this sector.