Role and Professional Responsibilities of a PHECC* Registered Advanced Paramedic
An advanced paramedic (AP) is a highly skilled and experienced emergency care practitioner who is trained to and maintains a high standard of professional competence. An AP acts as the clinical lead at incidents and is an expert practitioner in the field of pre-hospital emergency care. APs are the recommended response to patients defined as Clinical Status Category “Life threatening”, “Serious not life threatening” and “Non serious or life threatening” for appropriate conditions (Ref: PHECC’s EMS Priority Dispatch Standard). An Advanced Paramedic may be required to transport inter-facility patients who are defined as Acuity Levels “Mobile Intensive Care” (Ref: PHECC’s Inter Facility Patient Transfer Standard).
The role of the AP includes not only managing patients in the complex and unpredictable pre-hospital environment but also will include the treatment and referral of patients who access the health service through the 999/112 system who do not require immediate hospital assessment. Compared to the next lower level on the PHECC register (paramedic), an AP possesses a substantially higher skill set in patient assessment, care and management. Leadership, mentorship and management and professional development are regarded as a key component of this grade.
As with all registered practitioners, an AP focuses on the delivery of immediate, often live-saving patient care in diverse settings primarily outside of the traditional hospital environment. Their role has been designed to contribute to a reduction in the morbidity and mortality of patients experiencing life threatening or serious events.
*PHECC: Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council – www.phecc.ie