News Update - 9 June 2021

Tēnā koe,

Te Kaunihera Manapou Paramedic Council opened registration to paramedics in early March 2021. Since then we have registered more than 1200 paramedics and 900 of these have a current annual practising certificate.  We are grateful for your continued patience, questions, suggestions and understanding as we have navigated these first stages of regulation.

While we are thrilled at how quickly paramedics have taken on the responsibility of gaining registration and obtaining an annual practising certificate, we still have some way to go.

Registration and Practising Certificate Deadline Dates


In light of this, the Council has set a deadline of August 1st, 2021 for all practising paramedics to be registered and hold an annual practising certificate. For paramedics who are not currently practising as paramedics (including those currently on extended leave from employment), but intend on practising in the future, you have until May 21st, 2022 to register. If you are unsure about whether you will need a practising certificate, please contact us at info@paramediccouncil.org.nz.

Closing of Pathways


As of May 21st, 2022, registration Pathways B - Authority to Practise and C - Experience Portfolio will be closing. From this point, paramedics will be required to have a degree in paramedicine from an approved provider. For those who intend to register through Pathways B and C, we encourage you to get this under way as soon as possible.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)


We have been receiving a lot of questions regarding the Council’s CPD policy and the specifics of what is included or excluded. The Council has put guidelines in place regarding this (view here).

There is also an expectation that paramedics will take responsibility for their own learning and growth in their professional practice. There are many activities which could be considered professional development and the list we have provided in the guidance is not exhaustive. If paramedics are able to provide evidence of what they have learned, and demonstrate their value to the practice of paramedicine, then we are happy to accept it. In most cases, paramedics will be able to have their CPD signed off by an educator or manager. However, if this is not possible, then providing evidence of your CPD activities may be sufficient.

Thank you to those who have been providing feedback on some of the processes and resources we use at Te Kaunihera Manapou. It’s important to us that we are  connected to the paramedic profession, especially in these early stages of development, and we encourage you to contact us if you have any questions at info@paramediccouncil.org.nz.

 

Ngā mihi nui,

 

Catherine Byrne | Registrar

Kaunihera Manapou Paramedic Council

Level 5, 22 Willeston Street, Wellington, 6011

PO Box 9644, Marion Square, Wellington, 6141

04 381 9080

info@paramediccouncil.org.nz 

www.paramediccouncil.org.nz