Can apprenticeships provide an alternative pathway?

In a recent Career Development article published in the JPP (Howson, 2011), Alan Howson opened our eyes to the concept of emergency care apprenticeships and posed the question; can the apprenticeship route provide an alternative pathway to paramedic? This is an interesting question and one that should be considered carefully because the consequences of the paramedic profession making a mistake in terms of the future education of its registrants could prove to be hugely damaging to patients and the profession. Here, Pete Gregory, Consultant Editor, JPP and Senior Lecturer in Paramedic Practice, Coventry University, discusses this in more depth.

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