The purpose of the Level 4 Diploma for Associate Ambulance Practitioners is to confirm the learner's competence in the skills and knowledge gained from completing the qualification.
This is the same qualification that is currently delivered by NIAS and other Ambulance Trusts across the UK and is a requirement if you wish to work in a frontline emergency role as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). It is only one of the components required if you wish to apply directly to an ambulance service trust, you will also require an appropriate Emergency Driving qualification (see the Level 3 Certificate in Emergency Ambulance Driving).
The Associate Ambulance Practitioner (AAP) works as part of the wider Emergency & Urgent Care setting, having direct contact with service users or others, providing high quality and compassionate care. Day to day duties and tasks for an AAP would involve working as part of an ambulance crew responding to emergency (999) & urgent calls providing emergency and urgent assistance, driving safely and progressively at high speed.
The AAP will assess, treat and manage service users at the scene or assist with non-conveyance or onward referral if appropriate, reducing the need for hospital admission. Other tasks involve working closely with other emergency services and the wider NHS. Tasks of an AAP will include evaluating different approaches to solving problems, communicating those results accurately and reliably, with structured and coherent arguments.
AAP’s work at a level above that of Clinical Healthcare Support Workers and have knowledge of the underlying concepts and associated principles within their area of study, including the ability to evaluate and interpret these. They will have the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment, exercising some personal responsibility. AAP’s will undertake further annual training and develop new skills within a structured and managed environment when employment is secured. The AAP will work under the supervision of an occupationally competent individual at the same level or above in accordance with Regulatory policies and procedures for an initial probationary period of 750hrs.
After successful completion the AAP will be accountable for their own actions, operating within their own scope of practice. They will work alongside professional colleagues of higher or lower grades.
Method of Assessment:
Learners are required to generate a portfolio of evidence that meets each of the learning outcomes in the qualification specification. This is done by using the evidence logbook which can be downloaded here.
Learners are responsible for building their own portfolio of evidence whilst engaged on placements, guidance will be provided by your tutor / assessor and can include evidence such as reflective logs, assignments, observations etc
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