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Continued suspension of supernumerary student paramedics from Double-Crewed Ambulance (DCA) placement shifts

05 May 2017

All staff should be aware that due to the current issues with vehicle weight restrictions, students undertaking placement in a supernumerary capacity (i.e. student paramedics from our partner universities, or on elective placements such as nursing or allied health students) have been suspended from undertaking DCA placement shifts.

AmbulanceThe Practice Education Team within Clinical Education, has been working with SECAmb colleagues in Fleet, MRC/VPP and Operations, along with the partner Universities and Health Education England (HEE), to ensure the safe and prompt return of students as soon as possible to placement.

The DCA shift suspension is expected to remain in place until at least 15th May but may need to be extended. Once a confirmed date for resumption of student DCA shifts is agreed with all stakeholders, the Clinical Education Department will provide specific details. Until that time, no supernumerary students should complete DCA placement shifts.

Student paramedics are still permitted to undertake placement on single response vehicles (SRVs). All in-service supernumerary requirements (i.e. ECSW, TtP, return to work) are not subject to this restriction and are being managed on a local level.

The Practice Education Team wish to thank all operational colleagues and management teams who have supported students during this unsettling time and for your ongoing support in managing this issue.

Should you have any questions, please contact your local Practice Education Lead (PEL) or any member of the Practice Education Team.

Neil Monery, Senior Education Manager, Clinical Education.

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