Anna van der Gaag, Robert Jago, Magdalena Zasada, Sarah Banks, Ann Gallagher, Grace Lucas, Zubin Austin
Journal of Paramedic Practice, Vol. 10, Iss. 5, 04 May 2018, pp 205 - 210

Paramedics have been regulated in the UK since 2003. Analysis shows that
the profession has had consistently higher rates of self-referral to its regulator
compared with other health and care professions. Between 2013 and 2016,
the percentage of paramedics who self-referred averaged 50% of all cases,
compared with 6% across all other health professions regulated by the Health
and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and 10% across social workers in England.
This article reports on possible reasons underlying this trend. Using a mixedmethods
approach including a literature review, interviews, focus groups and
case analysis, the study identified a number of possible contributory factors.
These included pressurised work environments, variable guidance and support
from employers, and work cultures of fear and conflict. The evolving nature of
the profession was also cited. The research found that there was a cohort of
cases that appeared inappropriate-where the referral was for a matter that
did not require reporting. Actions are being taken to reduce such self-referrals to
avoid the emotional distress and resource implications for those involved.

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