Education and practice: a reciprocal relationship

02 September 2018
Volume 8 · Issue 2

This year, as we celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Journal of Paramedic Practice (JPP), both the JPP and its international counterpart, International Paramedic Practice (IPP), have introduced some changes to remain ahead of the fast-moving wave that is paramedicine.

In the UK, the paramedic profession has gone from being what many would have described simply as ‘ambulance drivers’, to an independent, highly-skilled and educated group of professional practitioners, with varying roles, continually expanding skill sets, and a value to health care and the public that is growing so fast, it's immeasurable.

In light of the complexity and multifaceted nature of the role of the paramedic, we have shifted our content to align with the Four Pillars of Practice introduced by the National Health Service in Wales and adopted by the UK professional body, the College of Paramedics, into its postgraduate career framework in 2014. The four pillars are: Clinical Practice; Education; Leadership and Management; and Research.

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