NHS (National Health Service) is hiring paramedics from abroad

Deficiency of qualified paramedics in the UK is undoubtedly a problem. NHS decided to deal with this by hiring paramedics from Poland, Australia and New Zealand. Until now, "London Ambulance Service" hired 175 paramedics from Australia and New Zealand. Local ambulance services from Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire and Oxfordshire already started hiring qualified paramedics from Poland.

 

Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/nhs/11366141/NHS-turns-to-Poland-and-Australia-for-paramedics-in-desperate-staff-shortage.html

Third Partner Meeting under MEDILINGUA Project

The third transnational meeting under project MEDILINGUA- Advancing Vocational Competences in Foreign Languages for Paramedics (2013-1-PL1-LEO05-37769) was held on the 10-th and 11-th of February 2015 in Sofia, Bulgaria. Representatives of all the partner organizations participated in the meeting. Partners spent much of the meeting’s time discussing the efficiency of the first training unit which had already been tested by paramedics in the different countries and the work on the development of the next units of the platform. The recording of learning video materials that will be added to the exercises in the platform was also discussed. Partners decided that they will try to cooperate with Ian Teague, who is Assistant Director of Education for South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) in the United Kingdom in the recording of those videos. During the meeting all partners worked together on the developed scenarios because some of them needed to be corrected. The representatives of the medical partners (Gesaude and the University of Rzeszow) gave recommendations about the changes in the scenarios in order to make them more realistic and relevant to the context of paramedics’ everyday work. Also partners stressed on multicultural issues in the scenarios to make them useful for paramedics from each partner country.

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Medilingua - developing delivery solutions

Danmar Computers apart from having coordination role in the Medilingua project is also responsible for developing delivery system, which is base for all materials developed within the project. This system is a Learning Management System, but heavily customised and adopted to serve the training content also to mobile devices.

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Second Dissemination Workshop in Germany

The Second National Dissemination Workshop in Germany was held at the Akkon-Hochschule (Berlin) on January 21, 2015, and was attended by qualified paramedics from different areas. The participants tried out the first didactic unit of the course which now includes audio exercises and all recommendations gathered during the First Dissemination Workshop. Our didactic developer answered all the questions raised and the participants provided a lot of positive feedback that will help us to further improve the platform. Besides, the Berlin Fire Service’s School even booked another session to be held this year within the framework of the subject "Medical English"!

The developing role of paramedics in the UK

UK partner EEC has had detailed with paramedic trainers in the UK that suggest that changes are occurring in the work and role of paramedicine and paramedics. These changes can have implications for the organisation of the service and even implications for funding. Thus the role has developed from an initial transport one (‘ambulance drivers’) into a modern fully autonomous clinical decision system. Thus in the modern role UK paramedics are ‘first responders’ who, in the absence of a doctor, make clinical decisions and autonomously administer clinical procedures.

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Paramedic training in Wales

UK Medilingua participants recruited by the UK partners, Europe Evaluation Company – EEC, includes the Swansea University in Wales. Wales is one of the four countries that constitute the United Kingdom and is located to the far west of the UK mainland. Although not formally one of the European languages, Welsh is legally recognised as a national language in the UK. It is a Celtic language that is spoken by over 40% of the population of Wales ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Welsh_language ). Welsh as a first language is largely concentrated in the north and west of Wales, with a far lower concentration in the eastern and southern areas. Culturally, the use of Welsh for communication can be very strong in large pockets of the country and emergency service personnel (including paramedics) who need to interact with clients of varying ages, backgrounds and states of stress can often meet linguistic barriers if they originate from a different area of the country.

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