Paramedic & Advanced Paramedic Practitioner CPC (Continuous Professional Competency)
Regulated health professions, including the pharmaceutical, medical and nursing professions, have already developed, or are in the process of developing, systems of Continuous Professional Competency (CPC). We need to maintain this impetus and further enhance pre-hospital practitioner development if the profession is to develop in line with other healthcare professions.
One explanation of the purpose of Continuous Professional Competency, as described by the Health Professions Council of South Africa, is:
“... to assist health professionals to maintain and acquire new and updated levels of knowledge, skills and ethical attitudes that will be of measurable benefit in professional practice and to enhance and promote professional integrity. The beneficiary will ultimately be the patient/client” (Africa, 2009).
On Friday 5th December 2014 PHECC launched their consultation process for Advanced Paramedic and Paramedics to contribute their ideas, thoughts and suggestions regarding the CPC requirements for both Paramedic and Advanced Paramedic Practitioners.
Posters have been sent to each station/base and an email has been sent to each registrant (AP and P) containing a link to an online video, explaining the rationale for the CPC scheme and a link to an anonymous online survey. PHECC would ask all Advanced Paramedic and Paramedic registrants to avail of this opportunity to put your views forward, as the best people to advise PHECC in relation to these requirements are the registrants themselves. With your help, we can develop a workable, professional and achievable CPC scheme.
05/12/2014 - Launch of Consultation
19/12/2014 - Reminder email for those who have not participated
31/12/2014 - Reminder email for those who have not participated
07/01/2015 - Survey closes
The results of the survey will be published in January, at which point we will begin the second stage of consultation, the collection, recording and assessment of CPC material.