Community Paramedics, sometimes referred to as First contact Community Paramedics, are registered healthcare professionals who are increasingly becoming employed within the primary care environment. To practice as, and call yourself a Paramedic, you must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
To qualify as a Paramedic you can:
- take a full-time approved qualification in paramedic science (e.g. at a university) and then apply to an ambulance service as a qualified paramedicor
- become a student paramedic with an ambulance service and study while you work
- apply for a degree standard apprenticeship in paramedic science with an ambulance service trust
A Community Paramedic working in primary care is a Paramedic who has undertaken additional First contact Community Paramedic training developed by Health Education England (HEE).
Read more about becoming a Paramedic
HEE Primary care First contact Community Paramedic training must be completed as the minimum threshold for entry to primary care. This can begin 3-5 years after the completion of a postgraduate degree.
The payband for a First contact Community Paramedic is usually AfC band 7.
From April 2021, the role of First contact Community Paramedic will be reimbursed at 100% of actual salary plus defined on-costs, up to the maximum reimbursable amount of £38,890 over 12 months.