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Rotating Paramedic Programme wins Innovation in Primary Care transformation award

2 July 2018

Health Education England‘s (HEE) Rotating Paramedic Programme has been awarded the ‘Innovation in Primary Care’ award in the Health and Care Transformation awards.

The Innovation in Primary Care award category celebrated genuinely innovative, evidence-based primary care services and models that have led to measurable improvements in patient care, experience, outcomes and cost-efficiency.

The rotating Paramedic programme demonstrated an innovative approach to the workforce and demand challenges facing primary care and the ambulance service.

By providing the right response first time - giving definitive care closer to home – the rotational model is reducing the number of avoidable emergency department attendances and unplanned admissions, thereby improving patient care and experience and increasing capacity within both hospitals and ambulance services.

The awards are hosted by the Local Government Association, NHS Clinical Commissioners and the National Association of Primary Care (NAPC).

Patrick Mitchell, Regional Director, South of England

 “The award recognises the hard work, dedication and support for innovation shown by the ambulance trusts and partner organisations involved in the rotating paramedic pilot. 

Rotational placement programmes are proving to be a valuable new model of workforce development, supporting both patient need and career aspirations of the workforce.

The pilot is showing positive early results and could offer health and social care systems a real opportunity to help manage the growth in demand for both primary and urgent care".