Why take part?
To apply please complete the form on the ‘Express interest’ menu tab.
The Paramedics in Primary Care programme is an initiative from Health Education England (HEE) which will create a paramedic workforce for primary care in response to the GP DES by using a controlled, high quality distance-learning Masters pathway, together with local support for learning which is facilitated locally by HEE’s Training Hubs.
PiPC is a new and exciting workforce development pathway for paramedics which uses a collaborative approach between GPs, Ambulance Trusts and HEE’s Training Hubs. The programme supports paramedics through a part-time three-year (ACP compliant) M.Sc pathway to become safe, competent and confident clinicians in the primary care sector.
As an ACP programme, PiPC is unique in that it provides experienced paramedics with access to primary care placements, so that they can develop the skills and experience necessary to support cross-sector advanced practice portfolio careers. With a focus on practice-based learning as well as academic achievement, PiPC trainees undertake a day of GP practice per week and support their academic learning in their own time, using a fully distance-learning ACP Masters. Find out more.
PiPC is a ‘proof of concept’ project and as such is subject to constant review and amendment. Recognising its potential, HEE has reopened the expression of interest window for interested paramedics until October 31st 2020. Alongside this extension, HEE has also decided to fund the university academic (tuition) fees the first year of the programme so as to further incentivise the programme ahead of its launch in Spring 2021.
If you would like to considered for the next cohort, please submit your expression of interest by the new deadline of 31st October 2020. Only those who have submitted an expression of interest will be permitted to apply for apace on the programme this year. If you have already submitted an expression of interest you don’t need to do so again.
If you want to be considered for the next PiPC Cohort, you must submit an Expression of Interest (see tab above) 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. Complete the first year of a university Masters degree in line with the PiPC pathway
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. Commit to engage with the Training Hub locally, specifically with:
· 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.
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.
3. To commit to facilitating one day per week (over 40 weeks) in practice placement and one (nominal) day for academic work.
4. A commitment to undertake the programme for the duration  and comply with required practice-based learning and academic requirements (as outlined by the nominated University)
· 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.
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.
 We welcome expressions of interest from paramedics who are currently working in the urgent and/or primary care sectors who meet the eligibility criteria
 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.
Please follow these steps to express your interest in joining the PiPC programme (please ensure you have read the application process information to check your eligibility):
Complete the online application form below.
- Download the expression of interest form
- Save on your desktop
- When you have completed the form upload it here and enter your contact details below before pressing ‘Submit’. This enables us to identify your location to be able to match a Training Hub to you.
The Masters course which underpins this programme is modular and delivered via a distance learning model. All modules are delivered at NQF Level 7 over 3 years, which is why PiPC trainees should feel confident to study at postgraduate level.
Financing the Masters course
The cost of the academic (tuition) fees for the entire Masters programme is currently £6,700. This may change slightly as new university providers become available. Health Education England has recently decided to provide funding for the first two academic modules at an approximate cost of £1,400. Should students wish to continue to study through years two and three they should consider other funding opportunities such as apprenticeship Levy, HEE CPD allocation or self fund through the Government’s Postgraduate Masters Loan.
The Post Graduate learner loan is currently to a maximum of £10,906 (full loan-2020 figures) and individuals can apply for the scheme to finance the costs of the Masters, (the loan allows you to borrow the course fees only should you wish). Trainees should make themselves familiar with the terms and conditions of the loan ahead of Year two, as the loan agreement is between Student Finance England (SFE) and the individual trainee only. It should be noted that in applying for PiPC, trainees are under no obligation to complete the course, however they are encouraged to do so as ACP is becoming the national standard of quality for non-medical clinicians working in Primary Care.
HEE does not provide further support for study and any costs around (for example) transport and equipment, any such costs must be borne by the individual trainee.
It is possible that some trainees may be sponsored by employers or commissioners for payment of academic fees, this is by local agreement only.
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.
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.
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