FAQs

How do I apply?

You must submit an expression of interest, via the ‘Express your interest’ tab above, by the 31st October 2020, Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as the project team withhold the right to close for applications should sufficient numbers be reached.  

Only those candidates who have submitted an expression of interest will be permitted to make a formal application through regional Training Hub when invited.  

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. Expressions of interest received after the 31st October 2020 or via a different route WILL NOT be considered in the application process. 

Can you tell me what modules make up the PiPC MSc programme?

The ACP MSc programme which underpins the PiPC programme being is currently being re-procured by Health Education England.  The modules illustrated below are indicative and are subject to change following the allocation of University programme provider; 

·       Advanced Pathophysiology and Disease in Practice (20 Credits Level 7)

·       Consultation and Physiology Assessment Skills (20 Credits Level 7)

·       Advancing Mental Health across the Healthcare Spectrum (20 Credits Level 7)

·       Clinical Decision Making – Improving outcomes in Primary Care (20 Credits Level 7)

·       Advancing Mental Health across the Healthcare spectrum (20 Credits Level 7)

·       Non-medical prescribing (40 Credits Level 7)

·       Independent Project (20 Credits Level 7)

Are there any assessments outside of those within the PiPC MSc Programme?

Students are expected to undertake the College of Paramedics/St Georges, London: Diploma in Primary and Urgent Care (Dip.PUC) exam at the end of Year 2 as part of a summary assessment of practice skills. 

Will I have to organise my own flexible working to accommodate the PiPC programme requirements?

Portfolio careers can be very rewarding, however managing the expectations of more than one employer across a working week can present a unique set of challenges. As part of the development into a portfolio worker, the programme will expect students to have secured a flexible working arrangement with their employer to enable attendance on the course.  Students must be aware that the PiPC programme team will be unable to intervene in any way with your employer in order to negotiate these arrangements

How much are the course fees?

The total course fees are currently £6,700. Aside from the Year One fees funding provided by Health Education England it is recommended that student consider the governments Postgraduate Masters Loan for this purpose.

Given that the MSc is a distance-learning programme, how will I be supported locally?

You will be supported locally by one of the Health Education England Training Hubs. The purpose of these Hubs is to bring education provision closer to the needs of the local healthcare providers.  As such this programme is very vocationally focused and aims to support students become highly effective primary care-ready paramedics. 

Unusually, PiPC provides its trainees with primary care placement time (normally with a teaching GP practice) once a week for 40 weeks in year 1.  This in-practice support is an essential component of your development pathway and will bring real breadth and depth to your learning and competence.  

Outside of the practice learning environment, each Training Hub will have two further support roles, a Clinical Fellow and Education Coordinator.  The Clinical Fellow provides a second tier of support, offering guidance on the clinical aspect of your placement, examples might be working alongside you if you require a period of support or pulling together all students in a given geographical area to provide extra training in a given area.

The Education Coordinator is the local link with all stakeholders.  Their role is to provide ongoing pastoral and academic personal tutorship and ensuring you are fully engaged and progressing appropriately through the programme.

 Will I be offered a job whilst on the PiPC programme?

PiPC participating General Practices are providing placement opportunities because they see the need to develop future clinicians, also that they may need to employ them in the future. NHS England’s GP DES contract ‘Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme’ commences for paramedics during 2021 and is likely to boost the recruitment of paramedics who have the necessary skills.  

As part of the commitment to you, general practices wishing to the employ students whilst on PiPC are advised that there is an expectation that they continue to support you from point of employment through the rest of the PiPC programme.