What do influencers think?

‘Paramedics are a key component of the health system as the first point of contact for those in most need of our care. The changing role of paramedics has seen them take greater responsibility for clinical decision making and providing interventions that in the past would only have been undertaken by doctors. They make a valuable contribution to high quality patient care as inter-professional clinicians working in pre-hospital care settings in Northern Ireland and I welcome the fact that these enhanced roles are being underpinned by a move to higher education for paramedic practice. The ongoing development of the paramedic profession has led to the recent recognition of Northern Ireland paramedics as members of the Allied Health Professional Group, underlining the high quality and compassionate care they provide to patients. I look forward to continuing to work in partnership with the Ambulance Service and its dedicated paramedics as we deliver on the ambitious health transformation programme, including a transformed ambulance service which will enable resources to be targeted more effectively to those patients with the most urgent clinical need.’

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