Me aha ngā kaiwhakawhiwhi mahi?
What must employers do?
Te Kaunihera Manapou Paramedic Council (Council) is the regulatory authority that sets the standards for paramedicine. The Council ensures that paramedics are competent and fit to practise in New Zealand.
Employers also contribute to public safety by ensuring the paramedics they employ meet the standards for paramedic practice.
All employers of paramedics are required to ensure that their paramedics are registered and hold a current annual practising certificate. The Council offers an online Public Register function for both employers and paramedics to check that a paramedic's annual practising certificate is current. If a paramedic has any conditions placed on their practice, they will also be displayed here.
Employers must contact the Council when dismissing a paramedic from employment for competence-related reasons, and when a paramedic resigns because of competence-related reasons.
If an employer of a paramedic has reason to believe the paramedic may be unable to perform the functions of paramedicine because of a mental or physical condition (including an impairment caused by alcohol or drug abuse) they must promptly contact the Council with written notice of all the circumstances.
The Council is developing an information pack for employers which will provide a detailed explanation of the Council’s fitness to practice processes (for health, conduct and competence concerns).
It will also include a copy of the Code of Conduct, Standards of Cultural Safety and Clinical Competence, and other relevant material. Once published, you will be able to download our Employer Pack here.
You can also find our Fitness to Practice process booklets and other important documents here.
If you have any questions about the responsibilities and expectations of employers, please contact the Council at [email protected].