Courses Explained

Level 4 Diploma: Associate Ambulance Practitioner.
What the job involves and the training course explained

The Role of the Associate Ambulance Practitioner

The Ofqual regulated Level 4 Diploma Associate Ambulance Practitioner course from FutureQuals has been written in partnership with multiple NHS Ambulance Services. This course has replaced the IHCD (BTEC) Ambulance Technician (Ambulance Aid) award and is now the nationally recognised NHS Ambulance Service Trusts standard training course. The work of an Associate Ambulance Practitioner involves responding to accident and emergency calls, and also to a range of planned and unplanned non-emergency cases.

Most accident and emergency ambulance crews are made up of an Associate Ambulance Practitioner (or previous IHCD Technician) and a Paramedic. They work together to provide the best and most appropriate care to anyone who has been involved in an emergency situation, such as a road traffic collision. The ambulance itself forms part of the team as they are created to provide a safe clinical working environment whilst allowing for maximum mobility. Most ambulances are fully kitted out with a range of emergency care equipment, and contain essential pre-hospital emergency machines such as an AED (Automated External Defibrillator), intravenous drips, splints, medical gases, drugs and other equipment. Ambulance crews are trained in a variety of emergency clinical skills and will be able to deal with profuse bleeding, crush injuries, cardiac arrests and serious illness.

As an Associate Ambulance Practitioner, you would usually work in a team, providing support to a paramedic during the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of patients at the scene of an incident and during hospital transfers, and you may use life-saving skills as part of your day-to-day work. When on an emergency call, there may be little warning of the exact circumstances of the situation you are about to face; these could range from helping someone back into bed after a fall, to a major traffic collision with several casualties. Once at the scene of an accident or emergency, the Associate Ambulance Practitioner’s duties would include providing basic life support. You will be trained to provide CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) including using AED’s, and advanced airway management, and a crucial part of your job will be to take patient vital signs including respiratory rate, pulse, blood pressure, spO2 (saturated percentage of oxygen in the blood), and BGL (blood glucose level). Associate Ambulance Practitioners can also administer medical gases, certain drugs, as well as providing spinal immobilisation and splinting. Duties would also include making routine checks on the ambulance and checking clinical equipment. Throughout the working day you would keep in regular contact with the Emergency Dispatch Centre.

One of the roles of an ambulance crew is to be able to stabilise and treat patients before they are transported to hospital safely and without delay. It’s essential for ambulance crews to be able to take care of the situation immediately whilst remaining in control and being calm. They will often carry out diagnostic tests at the scene and where required they will provide initial treatment to stabilise or improve the patient’s condition. From there they will decide whether to take the patient to the hospital or whether the patient can be treated on scene.

The Job Opportunities and Further Progression

Our training is very much in demand, and Associate Ambulance Practitioners trained by Lifeskills Medical UK are readily employed within the NHS Ambulance Service Trusts, where opportunities for further progression to Paramedic is available. Associate Ambulance Practitioners are also employed in a range of environments including the oil and gas industry, maritime security, in offshore installations, on motor racing circuits, and in the county and airport fire and rescue services. Independent ambulance services also employ Associate Ambulance Practitioners especially where they are providing A & E services under contract to an NHS Ambulance Service Trust.

Achievement of the training will make you eligible for employment by any United Kingdom NHS Ambulance Service or other relevant organisations such as independent ambulance services, and medical roles within the military forces. Furthermore, the Diploma Level 4 for Associate Ambulance Practitioners has been specifically designed to allow you to achieve a recognised qualification, allowing support progression to the Higher Education Professional Health Programme at university. This course has been specifically designed to support progression to Higher Education Professional Health Programme at university. This would allow progression to, for example:

B.Sc (Hons)  Paramedic Science
B.Sc (Hons)  Paramedic Practice
B.Sc (Hons)  Adult Nursing
B.Sc (Hons)  Mental Health Nursing

The Level 4 Diploma Associate Ambulance Practitioner Training Course from Lifeskills Medical UK

The theory element of the Level 4 Diploma Associate Ambulance Practitioner course is broken down into units to total 4 weeks home study (blended learning) followed by 10 weeks classroom based learning. Blended learning incorporates on line e-learning within the Skills for Health suite of programmes, self-study, and the completion of set units.. The following 10 weeks is held at our Emergency Medical Services Education and Training Centre in Birmingham. We will take you with no prior knowledge of the subject and train you to assessed competency. You will gain the skills and experience required for working within the ambulance service, military and many other pre-hospital sectors. Training has been designed to enable maximum learning opportunities with a range of methods for learning. These include classroom sessions, practical sessions, situation awareness training, educational visits to other emergency services, casualty simulation training and e-learning.

You will complete 490 hours of classroom time at Lifeskills Medical UK Education and Training Centre including home-based distance learning and e-learning (blended learning). The classroom time covers the underpinning knowledge and understanding of all aspects of the job, and combines theory with simulated practice. During this time, subject specialists will lead you through the course and advise on your theory portfolio completion to meet the qualification learning outcomes. You will undertake regular formative assessment, tutorials, and educational outside visits to other emergency services and clinical establishments.

After completing the theory units of the course, you will move onto clinical practice placement within an NHS Ambulance Service or a CQC registered independent ambulance service, to complete 750 hours of supervised practice. You will complete a clinical portfolio (logbook) to show that you have undertaken pre-determined clinical interventions in the workplace. At least half of your clinical placement (375 hours) must be working on accident and emergency duties in a double crewed ambulance. The remainder of the clinical placement may be within specified clinical departments with no more than a maximum of 10% of this time spent in each different type of clinical setting.

In order to undertake the clinical practice placement role, you will need to have successfully completed a C1 driving course (to drive vehicles over 3500 kgs), and the Level 3 Emergency Response Ambulance Driving (ERAD) course.

Clinical Practice Placement Portfolio (Logbook) Completion

One of the most important components of the Associate Ambulance Practitioner qualification is the provision of a clinical practice placement to total 750 hours. This ensures that you have considerable exposure to apply theory to practice. We will arrange clinical practice placement after theory training. Clinical practice placement is subject to satisfactory interview, Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks, and induction with the placement provider. This practice is consolidated after the completion of all theory units to ensure assimilation of learning outcomes in practice. To gain this valuable experience whilst maintaining patient safety, clinical practice placement hours are undertaken as part of an operating ambulance crew in a clinically supervised capacity.

As well as the theory evidence portfolio in which you will complete the learning outcomes for the qualification, you will have a clinical practice placement portfolio in which you will gather evidence for the 750 hours of clinical skills practised during your clinical placement. Pre-determined clinical skills that are required to be undertaken must be supervised, witnessed and then documented in the portfolio by a qualified clinician. This day to day supervision will be by a clinician at the same level as yourself or higher. Typically this will be an IHCD Ambulance Technician, HCPC registered Paramedic, or NMC registered Nurse.

In your clinical practice placement portfolio, your supervisor will confirm that you can replicate the required skill/procedure in the workplace. This then allows your assessor to make an assessment decision for each of the qualification learning outcomes that state that you must “be able to ….”. Clear guidance is provided by us to the supervisors so that they understand their role in the supervisory and confirmation process. The record of placement hours will detail the clinical interventions carried out during each working shift, which can then be referenced back to the qualification learning outcomes. On completion of the 750 hours of your clinical placement you will undertake summative assessment (final assessment) at Lifeskills Medical UK’s Education and Training Centre. Within reason, certain gaps in the pre-determined clinical interventions which are required to meet the learning outcomes, but you have not had exposure to during your clinical placement, may be simulated to assess and determine competence. Full qualification is gained after satisfactory completion of the 750 hours clinical practice placement, and completion of all assessments.

MoD Funding

For military personnel the Level 4 Diploma Ambulance Practitioner course taken through Lifeskills Medical UK is eligible for MoD funding by applying through ELCAS (via Education Centres or Resettlement Officers) to use MoD Enhanced Learning Credits. Lifeskills Medical UK is registered for MoD funding through ELCAS. For certain current/Ex military personnel, applications for course funding (which are assessed on an individual basis) may also be made by direct application to SSAFA and the Royal British Legion.

Career Development Loans

Application for funding for the Level 4 Diploma Associate Ambulance Practitioner course may be made via a Career Development Loan through the National Careers Service (Tel: 0800 100 900). Our Learning Provider number is 21054.

Importance of also Gaining the Emergency Response Ambulance Driving (Blue Light Driving) Qualification

NHS and independent ambulance services require you to be able to drive an ambulance safely and progressively. It is unlikely that you will find employment if you are not correctly qualified to drive under emergency conditions and hold the appropriate national qualification. To compliment your clinical skills, the Level 3 Certificate Emergency Response Ambulance Driving course (commonly called the “Blue Light” driving course), is provided by Lifeskills Medical UK. This course may be taken either before or after the Associate Ambulance Practitioners course. Qualification in this course will greatly enhance your prospects of employment (see below).

Why You Should Choose Lifeskills Medical UK

Lifeskills Medical UK in Birmingham is a FutureQuals Approved Education and Training Centre, the Ambulance Service Institute (ASI) UK Training Centre, and is home to the Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA). Facilities include practical training suites, classroom facilities, on-line IT training facilities, library facilities, free on-site parking and free Wi-Fi for students. For operational compatibility we have a range of modern training equipment currently in use by NHS Ambulance Service Trusts, and independent ambulance service providers.

With 29 years’ experience, we remain the largest provider of pre-hospital medical response development training outside the NHS, serving a wide range of independent organisations and public sector bodies. We specialise in medical services training projects and ambulance service command & control set-up for workforce sectors including EMS, police, military, land based and maritime security, NGO’s, and fire & rescue services worldwide. That’s why professionals choose Lifeskills Medical UK. We understand clinical training well, and we apply our training skills and knowledge to those that learn through us. We comply with the Joint Royal Colleges Ambulance Liaison Committee (JRCALC) standards for clinical care, and the Resuscitation Council (UK) guidelines. We are approved and accredited to provide professional development courses for national and international emergency medical response qualifications that meet and exceed the high standards set by external awarding bodies.

For your Level 4 Diploma Associate Ambulance Practitioner course you are learning to deal effectively with emergency situations, so the required standards are high, and you need to work to develop your knowledge and skills to earn the end qualification. Courses are based on knowledge and skills competency and assessment, and we will train you correctly and guide you every step of the way. We will identify early on in your course if you are having difficulty, and help you as much as we can to reach a positive outcome. We will also stay in regular touch when you are on clinical practice placement to ensure you are progressing correctly.

When you're serious about being a professional where getting it wrong is not an option, you choose Lifeskills Medical UK

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Level 3 certificate, Emergency Response Ambulance Driving.
What the job involves and the training course explained

Requirements for Emergency Response Driving

The Ofqual regulated Level 3 Certificate Emergency Response Ambulance Driving course has been written in partnership with multiple NHS Ambulance Service Trusts. This course is the only industry standard training course for ambulance emergency response driving recognised nationally by all of the NHS Ambulance Trusts.

This course meets the Driver Training Advisory Group (DTAG) recommendations for emergency response driving, and complies with the amendment of the speed limit exemption regulations through the implementation of Section 19 of the Road Safety Act 2006. The four week ERAD course incorporates the Level 2 (routine driving) qualification and the Level 3 (emergency response driving) qualification. You do not need to register for both the Level 2 and then the Level 3 course.

Emergency response driving on blue lights is not a game, and it's not just about speed. It is about smooth progressive driving with safety being paramount at all times, and unlike police vehicles or fire appliances, ambulance drivers have to take into consideration that in the back of the ambulance there may well be a Paramedic or other clinician treating a seriously ill or injured patient whilst the vehicle is moving. The responsibility for the vehicle, the crew, the patient, and other road users, lies solely with the skills, knowledge and attitude of the driver, who is legally accountable for their actions at all times. Special training is therefore essential to drive safely in emergency response situations.

The Emergency Response Ambulance Driving Course from Lifeskills Medical UK

The Level 3 Certificate Emergency Response Ambulance Driving course is a 4 week (Monday to Friday) course held at our Emergency Medical Services Education and Training Centre in Birmingham. The course ensures that the driver has a high standard of driving ability focusing on the practical application and also the physiological, psychological, and attitudinal aspects of driving practices. Drivers are taught to recognise their own limitations, the vehicle characteristics, their attitude, and to stay within safe limits. This course enables ambulance drivers to drive to a very high standard at both routine and emergency response level. The course content is well established, and based on the police “Roadcraft” system of driving. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) standards for ambulance services requires that staff development training is fit for purpose; this includes ambulance driving. The FutureQuals Level 3 Certificate in Emergency Response Ambulance Driving course, delivered by Lifeskills Medical UK, includes emergency response driving exemptions and high speed driver training, and is fully compliant for the purposes laid out in the current Section 87 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, and revised under the Deregulation Act 2015, and Section 19 of the Road Safety Act 2006. This course is the only driving qualification recognised by and accepted by the NHS Ambulance Service Trusts.

The emergency driving element (commonly called “blue-light” driving), is an important element of the course, and these driving exercises are not simulated exercises on quiet roads. They are a number of drives using blue lights and audible warning through major city centres, urban, and rural areas, dealing with real driving situations, coping with all road users, and using the exemptions for road traffic laws where justified. During the emergency response driving exercises, the other road users reactions are real, and sometimes unpredictable. The ambulance driver needs knowledge and the increased skills developed through the course in order to deal with such situations, to manoeuvre safely, smoothly and precisely, whilst making progress.

The Level 3 Certificate Emergency Response Ambulance Driving course will develop the information and skills the driver needs to know regarding road traffic law exemptions, non-exemptions, road traffic signs and roadcraft skills. The course covers the consequences of and skills relating to changing road, traffic, and weather conditions, and driver attitude to remain calm and focused correctly. This course ensures that even previously experienced ambulance drivers develop their knowledge and skills to become competent to the NHS national standard to drive safely and effectively under emergency "blue light" response conditions.

As NHS Ambulance Service Trusts are turning more to contracted independent ambulance provision, they are insisting that independent ambulance service response drivers must hold the FutureQuals Level 3 certificate in Emergency Response Ambulance Driving in order to meet legal, insurance, and Care Quality Commission (CQC) requirements. In a court of law, the measurable standard for ambulance driving is taken to be that recognised and implemented by the NHS Ambulance Service Trusts. Ambulance drivers not holding this qualification could well find that if they are involved in a road traffic collision whilst driving under emergency response conditions, that any defence in court may be weakened.

Institute of Advanced Motorists Recognition

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) is the UK’s leading road safety charity, dedicated to increasing skills for all road users, raising driving standards and helping to save lives on our roads. They recognise the Level 3 Certificate Emergency Response Ambulance Driving qualification as a special qualification. Full IAM membership is usually offered only to applicants who have passed the IAM’s Advanced Driving Test, a challenge that can take several months. However, if you hold the Level 3 certificate Emergency Response Ambulance Driving qualification, you are eligible for full membership of the IAM without taking a further test.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) for part of the driving course may apply if the previous training accurately “maps” the  Level 3 Certificate syllabus, with proof by way of documented and correctly assessed evidence clearly showing the learning outcomes and the standard attained. RoSPA Gold, is not acceptable for RPL.

MoD Funding

For military personnel, the Level 3 certificate Emergency Response Ambulance Driving course, taken through Lifeskills Medical UK is eligible for MoD funding by applying through ELCAS (via Education Centres or Resettlement Officers) to use MoD Enhanced Learning Credits. Lifeskills Medical UK is registered for MoD funding through ELCAS. . For certain current/Ex military personnel, applications for course funding (which are assessed on an individual basis) may also be made by direct application to SSAFA and the Royal British Legion.

Career Development Loans

Application for funding for the Level 3 Certificate Emergency Response Ambulance Driving course may be made via a Career Development Loan through the National Careers Service (Tel: 0800 100 900). Our Learning Provider number is 21054..

Clinical Training to Compliment the Emergency Response Ambulance Driving Course

The Diploma Level 4 Associate Ambulance Practitioner Course (which has now replaced the IHCD BTEC Ambulance Technician course), is the complimentary clinical training course, and will greatly enhance your prospects of employment. This will enable progression to work with the NHS Ambulance Service Trusts. This clinical course is provided by Lifeskills Medical UK and may be taken either before or after the Emergency Response Ambulance Driving course.

Why You Should Choose Lifeskills Medical UK

Lifeskills Medical UK in Birmingham is a FutureQuals Approved Education and Training Centre, the Ambulance Service Institute (ASI) UK Training Centre, and is home to the Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA). Facilities include practical training suites, classroom facilities, on-line IT training facilities, library facilities, free on-site parking and free Wi-Fi for students. For operational compatibility we have a range of modern training equipment currently in use by NHS Ambulance Service Trusts, and independent ambulance service providers.

With 29 years’ experience, we remain the largest provider of pre-hospital medical response development training outside the NHS, serving a wide range of independent organisations and public sector bodies. We specialise in medical services training projects and ambulance service command & control set-up for workforce sectors including EMS, police, military, land based and maritime security, NGO’s, and fire & rescue services worldwide. That’s why professionals choose Lifeskills Medical UK.

Because you are learning to deal effectively with emergency situations, the required standards are high, and you need to work to develop your knowledge and skills to achieve the end qualification. We understand ambulance response driver training well, and we apply our training skills and knowledge to those that learn through us. We comply with all legal and recommended requirements for safe driver training operation, and we are approved and accredited to provide professional development courses for national and international emergency driving qualifications that meet and exceed the high standards set by external awarding bodies. Courses are based on knowledge and skills competency and assessment, and we will train you correctly and guide you every step of the way.  We will identify early on in your course if you are having difficulty, and help you as much as we can to reach a positive outcome.

Ambulance services do not employ persons to simply be drivers; a clinical qualification is essential. We provide a range of clinical skills qualifications to enhance employability.

When you're serious about being a professional where getting it wrong is not an option, you choose Lifeskills Medical UK

Get in touch with us today. Click here