Do you recognise FRUEC5 as Technician with private providers?

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Dear South Central Ambulance Service NHS Trust,

I would like to know if you accept and recognise the First Response Emergency Care pathway. In particular I would like to know if you recognise the First Response Urgent and Emergency Care Level 5 as a Technician level qualification. If so, do you allow private providers (such as Elite EMS, Central Medical Services, Jigsaw and Polaris etc) to employ people with FRUEC Level 5 on their frontline contracts with SCAS as Technicians and practice as Technicians/at Technician level.

If so, please provide support documentation that this is an approved Technician qualification that you accept for private provider staff.

Yours faithfully,

Anonymous FRUEC5 qualified person.

FOI, South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

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FOI, South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

Good morning,

In regard to the First Response Urgent and Emergency Care (FREC) qualification, the Trust do not accept this qualification as we cannot assure the educational governance around it, we have never been assured of a robust and standardised approach regarding the educational delivery and quality across the many providers. Additionally, the Trust took the strategic decision some years back to no longer recruit to the role of Technician.

With this in mind, we do not allow Private Providers to use FREC 5 trained staff to operate as Technicians on the SCAS contract.

I hope this information meets your requirements but if you are unhappy with the way your request for information has been handled, you can request a review by writing to: Will Hancock, Chief Executive, South Central Ambulance Service NHS Trust, Units 7 & 8 Talisman Business Centre, Talisman Road, Bicester, Oxon, OX26 6HR.

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