Industrial paramedic: an emerging speciality?

The role of paramedic, from its humble beginnings as an entirely ambulance-based profession (and under the solely-NHS employment umbrella), has produced numerous speciality grades in recent years. Within the UK, some of these are represented by the College of Paramedics; however, others are unfortunately not, as yet.For example: the roles of CCP, ECP/PP (critical care paramedic, emergency care practitioner/paramedic practitioner), military paramedic, HEMS (helicopter emergency medical service) and coastguard paramedics, HART (hazardous area response team) paramedics and offshore paramedics are well recognised and established specialised disciplines, often with their own separate, university-based courses to ‘top up’ on the existing paramedic Bachelor of Science.Some specialities, such as remote area and emergency department paramedics, are less well understood and represented.The purpose of this article is to describe the role of the industrial paramedic. It will outline why the skill-set of this role is unique in comparison with those mentioned above, and will debate the case for stand-alone recognition and specific training for this speciality.

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