Welcome to the College of Paramedics Blog
This blog is a collaborative resource that provides best practice, opinions and advice from members, influencers and experts within the sector as well as updates from around the College to highlight the work in which we are involved.
Mental health crisis and the emergency services - Helping you help me
Date: 24 04 2019
Liv Pontin, a service user in mental health shares her experiences and contact with the emergency services.
My mental health and how I manage it
Date: 05 03 2019
Gary Strong MCPara talks about his experiences of mental health and what he does to manage it.
A Personal Account of Mental Health
Date: 18 02 2019
By Rory O'Connor MCPara, Northern Ireland Trustee and Paramedic with Northern Ireland Ambulance Service.
Grief, a personal journey of my mental health
Date: 22 01 2019
Bob Fellows FCPara gives a personal account of his journey with mental health.
The ‘Wounded Healer’
Date: 29 10 2018
Wounded Healer Conference review by College of Paramedics' Mental Health and Wellbeing Steering Group members Bernice Hancox MCPara and Sasha Johnston MCPara.
Paramedic Mental Health and Wellbeing Stakeholder Collaboration Day
Date: 15 08 2018
Chris Richmond MCPara reflects on the recent paramedic mental health and wellbeing stakeholder collaboration day
Stroke Mimics or Are They?
Date: 30 04 2018
Sue Newsome shares her experience of her father being mis-diagnosed with a Stroke Mimic
I’ve seen terrible things as a paramedic. The worst isn’t what you’d expect
Date: 24 04 2018
Liz Harris FCPara talks about the worst thing she has seen as a paramedic.
Paramedics Need Degrees? Why?
Date: 06 04 2018
Richard Taffler MCPara discusses whether paramedics need degrees.
People Like Us?
Date: 28 02 2018
College of Paramedics Executive Officer, Liz Harris takes a look at the recent HCPC 'People Like Us?' report and considers why so many paramedics self refer.
Flu jab: it’s about doing the right thing, right?
Date: 18 01 2018
College of Paramedics Executive Officer, Liz Harris reflects on why some paramedics are deciding not to receive the flu vaccination.
Paramedics need degrees
Date: 21 11 2017
Matt Green MCPara, Paramedic Clinical Supervisor at Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust writes about education standards for paramedics and the current HCPC consultation.
Independent Prescribing – What might the future look like for paramedics and patients
Date: 03 07 2017
The proposal to introduce paramedic prescribing was first made in 2009 and since then there has been lots of progress made. If the profession achieves independent prescribing, what will this mean for paramedics in everyday practice, and how will it affect patient care? This panel discussion recorded at the College of Paramedics' National Conference in May 2017 answers some of those questions in more details.
My experience of receiving a fitness to practise concern
Date: 26 06 2017
College of Paramedics member Rebecca Connolly MCPara shares her experience of receiving a fitness to practise concern.
My experience of my first College of Paramedics Board meeting
Date: 24 05 2017
Newly appointed Trustee for the South East Coast Julie Ormrod and Alternate Trustee Rhiannon Roderick share their experiences of their first board meeting of the College of Paramedics.
Exciting new CPD eLearning Project on the way…
Date: 26 02 2017
Kerry Crawley MCPara, On-line CPD Lead for the College of Paramedics talks about the exciting new CPD project, which is on the way for College members.
10 Things you should know if a concern is raised about your fitness to practise
Date: 23 02 2017
The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) provides a list of 10 important things you should know about the process and the support available if you find yourself the subject of a fitness to practise allegation.
Stress in the sector: A member’s perspective
Date: 23 01 2017
Adrian McGrath MCPara from Northern Ireland discusses perceptions of stress in the current paramedic role
HCPC Hearing: A member’s perspective
Date: 07 12 2016
A member of the College of Paramedics shares their experience of receiving a letter from the HCPC.
Inter-professional Symposium on Workforce Mental Health - The Health and Care Workforce
Date: 11 10 2016
Chris Richmond MCPara, NHS England reflects on the inter-professional Symposium on Workplace Mental Well-being he attended on Monday 10th October 2016 as part of World Health Day.
British APCO - Working hard for you and public safety
Date: 11 10 2016
Ian Thompson, Interim Chief Executive of British APCO explains the role of the British APCO and how it affects all of us.
Our journey for recognition as an integral part of the public health workforce
Date: 28 07 2016
Linda Hindle talks about the increasing recognition of the role of Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) in public health.
Volunteer rescue worker Sally Armond saves hundreds of pounds with College insurance cover
Date: 29 06 2016
Sally Armond MCPara, is pleased the College supports volunteer rescue workers with insurance cover
Partnership working and collaboration: Enhancing patient care in Northern Ireland
Date: 27 06 2016
Ciaran McKenna MCPara, reflects on the importance of staff engagement and partnership working to develop pathways and ultimately improve patient care.
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