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Ambulance Technicians

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Dear Health and Care Professions Council,

Can you please advise if your organisation has had any discussions either internally, or with any other organisation (NHS, Private or Professional Body) regarding the regulation of the role and/or title of “Ambulance Technician” within the United Kingdom.

If so can you please outline the outcome of those discussions (including copies of correspondence where possible) and whether or not consideration will be given to the regulation of this role/title.

Yours faithfully,

David Cockburn
[email address]

FOI, Health and Care Professions Council

Our Ref. FR07021

 

 

Dear Mr Cockburn

 

Thank you for your email of 17 March 2021, in which you ask for advice
about whether there have been any discussions regarding the regulation of
the role and/or title of “Ambulance Technician” within the United Kingdom.

 

Your request has been handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(FOIA).

 

We have conducted a search of our systems (up to 2018) and the discussions
we have had are essentially queries we’ve received from paramedics who
have asked about the scope they would be required to work to if they
worked some shifts as an ambulance technician.

 

The UK Government and Parliament decide which professions will be
regulated and which protected titles professionals are allowed to practise
under. Decisions about whether statutory regulation should be introduced
for professions rests solely with the UK Government and Parliament.

 

In 2011, the Government published a Command Paper entitled [1]'Enabling
Excellence' in which they outlined their preference for a system of
voluntary registration. This means that statutory regulation will only be
considered in exceptional circumstances where 'voluntary registers are not
considered sufficient to manage the risk' and where it is possible to
demonstrate a 'compelling case' on the basis of public safety risk. We are
therefore not aware of any plans for the HCPC to regulate ambulance
technicians at this time.

 

If you would like to lobby for statutory regulation of a particular group,
we recommend that you write to your MP.

 

In the meanwhile, the professional standards authority (PSA) hold a list
of ‘accredited registers’ which lists independently assessed organisations
who register practitioners, who are not regulated by law, working both
within and outside the NHS. You can find further information on their
website, including advice on how to apply their accredited registers
quality mark.

 

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handled, you can request a review by writing to:

 

Governance Department

Health and Care Professions Council

Park House

184 - 186 Kennington Park Road

London

SE11 4BU

 

Email: [2][email address]

 

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The Information Commissioner’s Office

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Wilmslow

Cheshire

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Email: [3][email address]

 

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Kind regards

 

Freedom of Information

 

Health and Care Professions Council

Park House, 184 - 186 Kennington Park Road

London SE11 4BU

[4]www.hcpc-uk.org

 

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