Application Process

If you want to be considered for the next PiPC Cohort, you must submit an Expression of Interest by the 31st October, 2020. Only those candidates who have submitted an expression of interest will be permitted to apply for a place on the Programme.  All Expressions of Interest received by the 31st October 2020 will be sent directly to the relevant Training Hub, who will then make contact with these candidates in order to complete the final stage of the application process (Stage 2).

Stage 1: Paramedic or paramedic undergraduate submits an expression of interest in undertaking the PiPC programme by 31st October 2020.

Stage 2: Following HEE analysis of PiPC sites against interest from potential trainees and Training Hubs, candidates will be notified by HEE whether they are able to progress to submit a formal application, (i.e. whether there is an available PiPC site in their region).

1.The PiPC offer

1.1 PiPC is a three distance-learning ACP Masters programme designed either for experienced post-registration post-paramedics (3-years).

The key strength of PiPC is that paramedics are provided the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills to work in a primary and/or urgent care role, not just learning academically but also through practice-based learning with GPs and local help through Training Hubs.  The aim is to help Paramedics become a safe, capable and confident clinician, able to work across the emergency, primary and urgent sectors.

2. We welcome expressions of interest in joining the PiPC Phase 2 programme from:

  • Experienced Paramedics (minimum of three years post-registration clinical experience) already employed in a clinical role, for    example ambulance services, primary care (In or Out of Ours) or urgent care roles.

Please note that working in the primary/urgent care sectors can be very challenging.  Prospective PiPC trainees should be highly motivated to expand their clinical scope of practice, and to commit themselves to lifelong learning both academically and in practice, in order to become effective in role.

3. Your commitment as a PiPC Trainee:

3.1  Important note on funding of academic costs

HEE currently supports the project by funding its infrastructure, namely the costs of the local Education Coordinator and Clinical Fellow roles, plus general practice placement tariff costs time for trainees, also the costs of managing the programme through local Training Hubs.  As of September 2020, Health Education England has also committed to pay for the student university (tuition) fees for year one of the programme.  At this time there is no guaranteed funding for years two and three and this will be evaluated on an annual basis alongside the project timeline.  Students should be prepared that it may be necessary to source other funding models such as the Governments Post Graduate Learner lean, Apprenticeship levy funding or HEE CPD funding opportunities to support years two and three.  Advice will be provided by the project team on how best to achieve this nearer the time.

As a PiPC Trainee you will be required to:

  1. 1.  Complete the first year of a university Masters degree in line with the PiPC pathway
  2. 2.  Engage with your GP placement, including staff and other healthcare staff there as well as the supervising GP, plus any costs or expenses incurred in travel to and from the placement.
  3. ·       PiPC Education Facilitator. This person supports your pastoral needs, providing a link between the university and the GP practice placement.  
    ·       PiPC Clinical Fellow. This person is an experienced clinician working in primary care, who all support your clinical practice-based learning, linking            with the supervising GP and providing regular study days and where necessary, individual coaching.

Eligibility criteria

In order to be eligible to enrol on PiPC, candidates will need:

  • 1.  A degree (i.e. NQF Level 6) in Paramedic Science (or equivalent programme leading to eligibility to register with the HCPC). (Please note, a Foundation Degree or Fd.Sc is not a NQF Level 6 degree level qualification and as such cannot be accepted)

OR: Registration as a paramedic in the UK (HCPC) plus a relevant science-based honours degree completed within the previous 10 years.

OR: Registration as a paramedic in the UK (HCPC) plus evidence of recent postgraduate attainment in a relevant science-based subject.

  • 2.  To be eligible to apply for the Postgraduate Learner Loan funding and willing apply to this to cover the cost of university academic (tuition) fees (unless alternative funding is in place) for years two and three, should they wish to continue with the PiPC programme.
  • 5.  A commitment to engage with the practice placement (GP Practice) and complete the hours in placement required by the programme.
  • 6.  A commitment to engage with the university (Masters provider) teaching team, assessments and processes and with the local Education Coordinator and Clinical Fellow postholders, employed by the local HEE Training Hub.

·       7.  Be eligible to live and work in the UK

If you are able to comply with the eligibility criteria above, please continue to submit an expression of interest using the form on these pages.

Following your expression of interest and the subsequent analysis by Health Education England, you will be contacted by your local Training Hub site during October 2020 to either: 

1.    Invite you to submit a formal application to the PiPC programme or:

2.    Inform you that we cannot proceed with your submission currently and asking whether you would like us to hold your information on file for future opportunities.

Further Information

We hope this project will be of interest and that this information will answer any questions.  Should you need any clarification please review the Frequently Asked Questions section or raise a question via the online enquiries function and we will ensure someone responds directly to you.

[1] We welcome expressions of interest from paramedics who are currently working in the urgent and/or primary care sectors who meet the eligibility criteria

[2] https://www.collegeofparamedics.co.uk/publications/diploma-in-primary-and-urgent-care

[3] Candidates should commit to the full length of the programme, but we acknowledge that their host GP practice is free to recruit the trainee as an employee at any time.  Should trainees be recruited to paid work it is expected that continued clinical supervision will be maintained and planned as part of any recruitment offer such that practice learning and progress through the MSc can be maintained by the trainee.