Specialist practice for paramedics: a bright future?

ProgressPerhaps the biggest single prize that we still need to seize is unlocking the full potential of our profession and this means making paramedics ever more relevant and effective in meeting emerging patient need through the development of scope of practice.There has been limited and rather fumbling progress here—both in terms of the move from training to education and particularly in respect of the post-registration training where paramedics are providing care to the ever-increasing number of patients with less critical undifferentiated urgent care needs. Nevertheless, much remains to be accomplished and there are both challenges and promising developments in equal measure.

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