The Community Paramedicine (CP) Project
The National Ambulance Service in the Republic of Ireland, the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, and the Scottish Ambulance Service, have been collaborating to develop a community paramedicine project which just been awarded EU INTERREG VA funding in four pilot sites. This project will improve the lives of patients in boarder and rural areas. This funding has been secured by the Co-operation and Working Together (CAWT) cross border partnership for the development of a range of cross border acute hospital services.
Community Paramedicine allows Paramedics/Advanced Paramedics (HCPC Registered Paramedics for Scotland & Northern Ireland positions or PHECC Registered Advanced Paramedics for NW/NE Ireland positions) to operate in expanded roles to provide routine healthcare services and help to improve rural emergency medical services. Being locally based, Community Paramedics can build closer relationships with patients, local community teams and GP practices. In addition to providing community paramedic training to eligible individuals, the project will fund the purchase of four rapid response vehicles for the pilot areas.