Newly Qualified Paramedic Role and National Pay Banding Agreement

Katherine Nash made this Freedom of Information request to East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust

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Dear East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust,

I would be most obliged if you could respond to the following under the terms of the FOI Act.

1) Has the Trust devised a job description for the Newly Qualified Paramedic role? If so, please provide as an attachment.

2) Has the Trust proposed any restrictions on practise or additional support for Newly Qualified Paramedics in their first 2 years post registration, and if so, please confirm the nature of these in full. (e.g. limited rights to discharge patients on scene without clinical advice, restrictions on administering certain drugs, support to ensure they do not work alone or with new trainees, support to ensure they work with only experienced staff)

3) Has the Trust evaluated it's existing Band 5 Paramedic role and performed a job matching exercise to confirm that existing Paramedics with over 2 years experience, will progress onto Band 6 as advised by the Department of Health? If not, please clarify what impact, if any, the new agreement will have on Trust staff.

4) By what date will the Trust fully implement the new National Pay Banding Agreement?

5) The Trust has discretion to alter the 2 year period as a Newly Qualified Paramedic, which is termed 'up to' 24 months. Has the Trust agreed a set of criteria for when discretion will be exercised (e.g. for those previously acting as EMTs before qualification) or will this be decided on a case by case basis? If there is agreed criteria, please confirm the nature of this.

6) Please confirm whether the Trust has met or plans to meet, with local Union representatives to agree the terms of local implementation for the new National Agreement? Please provides dates of these discussions and the current outcome of talks.

I look forward to your timely response.

Yours faithfully,

Katherine Nash

Williams Matthew, East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust

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Ref: FOI/16/316

 

26 January 2017

 

Dear Ms Nash

 

Thank you for your e-mail dated 26 January 2017 requesting information
about the newly qualified Paramedic role and national pay banding
agreement.

 

Your request is being dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and will be answered within 20 working days.

 

If you have any queries about this request please do not hesitate to
contact me. 

 

Yours Sincerely

 

Matthew Williams

 

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Williams Matthew, East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust

3 Attachments

Ref: FOI/16/316

 

26 January 2017

 

Dear Ms Nash

 

We are writing further to your e-mail dated 26 January 2017 requesting
information about the newly qualified Paramedic role and national pay
banding agreement.

 

The questions you raised along with their answers can be found below:

 

1.     Has the Trust devised a job description for the Newly Qualified
Paramedic role? If so please provide as an attachment.  A draft job
description has been developed in partnership with ambulance employers,
NHS Employers, trade union representatives and NHS England.  This will
shortly be published by NHS Employers and be available for adopting
locally, with local variations where identified.

 

2.     Has the Trust proposed any restrictions on practise or additional
support for Newly Qualified Paramedics in their first 2 years post
registration, and if so, please confirm the nature of these in full (e.g.
limited rights to discharge patients on scene without clinical advice,
restrictions on administering certain drugs, support to ensure they do not
work alone or with new trainees, support to ensure they work with only
experienced staff).  Newly Qualified Paramedics will undertake duties as
per their job description and consolidation of the learning programme. 
The programme will provide a period of structured and essential
experiential learning to help integrate paramedics into the ambulance
workforce.  The programme is currently being developed by the National
Education Network for Ambulance Services, following initial input from
ambulance employers, trade union representatives and NHS Employers. [The
trust is currently undertaking a review of standing operating procedures
and how it will deliver the consolidation of learning programme.]

 

3.     Has the Trust evaluated its existing Band 5 Paramedic role and
performed a job matching exercise to confirm that existing Paramedics with
over 2 years’ experience, will progress onto Band 6 as advised by the
Department of Health?  If not, please clarify what impact, if any, the new
agreement will have on Trust staff.  The Trust is undertaking a job
matching exercise to determine if current Band 5 paramedic job
descriptions match to the new Band 6 paramedic job profile. If the job
descriptions match to the new profile, then those paramedics in those
roles and in post before 1 September 2016 will be assimilated into Band 6
pay as per the national agreement.  This exercise is taking place over the
next few months.

 

4.     By what date will the Trust fully implement the new National Pay
Banding Agreement?  Section 1 of the national agreement is due to be
completed by 1 April 2017.  Section 2 of the national agreement is due to
be completed by 2020.

 

5.     The Trust has discretion to alter the 2 year period as a Newly
Qualified Paramedic, which is termed 'up to' 24 months.  Has the Trust
agreed a set of criteria for when discretion will be exercised (e.g. for
those previously acting as EMTs before qualification) or will this be
decided on a case by case basis?  If there is agreed criteria, please
confirm the nature of this.  A partnership group of NHS Employers,
ambulance employers and trade union representatives are working to develop
a process for the recognition of accreditation of previous experiential
learning by April 2017.  This will be approved the by the National
Ambulance Social Partnership Forum. The trust will follow the agreed
process.

 

6.     Please confirm whether the Trust has met or plans to meet, with
local Union representatives to agree the terms of local implementation for
the new National Agreement?  Please provides dates of these discussions
and the current outcome of talks.  Regular meetings have taken place with
Trade Union Colleagues at EMAS and these will continue.  We have jointly
agreed a way forward in regard to panels and processes followed, in line
with national guidance.

 

Yours Sincerely

 

Matthew Williams

 

Notes:

 

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East Midlands Description: Description: Description: Description:
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Trust
Nottinghamshire
Headquarters

Beechdale Road

Nottingham

NG8 3LL

 

 

 

From: Williams Matthew
Sent: 26 January 2017 17:38
To: '[FOI #384735 email]'
<[FOI #384735 email]>
Subject: Freedom of Information Request - Newly Qualified Paramedic Role
and National Pay Banding Agreement

 

Ref: FOI/16/316

 

26 January 2017

 

Dear Ms Nash

 

Thank you for your e-mail dated 26 January 2017 requesting information
about the newly qualified Paramedic role and national pay banding
agreement.

 

Your request is being dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and will be answered within 20 working days.

 

If you have any queries about this request please do not hesitate to
contact me. 

 

Yours Sincerely

 

Matthew Williams

 

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Description:
Description: Telephone: 0115 9193446
Description:
Description: hello [9][email address]
my name is
[10]www.emas.nhs.uk
Matthew Williams
Records Manager                         @EMASNHSTRUST[11]Description:
Description: Description: Description: Description:
East Midlands Description: Description: Description: Description:
Ambulance Service cid:image002.png@01CF367A.50F55880
NHS Trust
Nottinghamshire
Headquarters

Beechdale Road

Nottingham

NG8 3LL

 

 

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