What is a Paramedic?
Paramedic Scope of Practice
After consultation with key stakeholders, Te Kaunihera Manapou Paramedic Council decided to create one scope of practice – the paramedic scope of practice. This is as follows:
Paramedics are registered health practitioners who use their clinical knowledge, skills and judgement to provide healthcare services primarily in the provision of urgent and/or emergency assessment, diagnosis and treatment of patients, including provision of clinical advice, referral and, where required, transport.
Paramedics liaise and cooperate with other healthcare providers and clinical personnel to foster a team approach, provide leadership, provide supervision, support and oversight of non-regulated members of the clinical team, and ensure services are provided in a timely and integrated fashion in partnership with individuals, families, whānau and communities.
Paramedics may also perform a variety of functions including policy development, leadership, management, research, training and education, and public liaison and communications roles.
Read the full gazette notice here.
To read about the decision to create the scope and the consultation documents, please click here.
What is a ‘Practising Paramedic’?
The Council is required to define practising, to determine whether a paramedic has maintained the required standard of continuing competence and whether a paramedic requires a practising certificate.
Paramedic practice is using paramedic knowledge in a direct relationship with clients or working in paramedic management, paramedic administration, paramedic education, paramedic research, paramedic professional advice or paramedic policy development roles, which impact on public safety.
This means that a person who has the responsibilities of a paramedic as defined by the Paramedic Council scope of practice and is using their paramedic knowledge in a direct relationship with clients should hold a practising certificate.
If a paramedic is employed in one of the other roles set out in the definition, they may not require a practising certificate unless their role impacts on public safety.
The purpose of this definition is to ensure that paramedics who are in a direct paramedic relationship with clients or whose role impacts on public safety comply with the requirements of the Act. The Act aims to ensure that paramedics have maintained the required standard of competence to protect public safety, such as ongoing professional development.
The definition and its requirements do not extend to paramedics who no longer have paramedic responsibilities but who choose to continue working in the health care sector. The definition may include some practitioners who are working as paramedics but whose employers have not previously required them to hold practising certificates.
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