Simon Robinson
Journal of Paramedic Practice, Vol. 9, Iss. 6, 02 Jun 2017, pp 238 - 239

The recent success of implementing 'band 6' paramedics has shown the growing value of the profession, and is now offering a career development package as envisioned by the College
of Paramedics (2015). However, newly qualified paramedics (NQPs) are required to complete a maximum two-year 'band 5' consolidation period (Department of Health, 2016; Scott et al, 2016), which may impact positively and negatively on the profession. This comment aims to open a
discourse on defining the purpose of a NQP programme, and how this might impact future students entering the profession.

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