The Health Practice Associates Council (HPAC) is the UK's regulator for ambulance clinicians below the grade of paramedic. Working with stakeholders accross the United Kingdom we seek to regulate clinicians who meet our standards for the skills and training associated with their scope of practice, their behaviour and health, in order to protect the public. We support employers to safely streamline their recruitment process, as well as monitor the ongoing professional conduct of their HPAC registered staff.
We verify & audit all applications to the HPAC register. The HPAC is owned by the public interest, as a legally formed council registered and regulated as a not-for-profit community interest company.
The Care Quality Commission | NHS Safeguarding | National Police Chief's Council | Independent Ambulance Association recognise the Health Practice Associates Council register in supporting the safe recruitment of non-paramedic ambulance clinicians.
Up to 30,000 face to face pre-hospital patient contacts per day in the UK by ambulance staff all wearing green uniforms. Did you know only 50% are regulated by satute. Whilst the vast majority of clincians are safe, patient centred, extremely caring individuals, sadly as in all areas, some do pose a real risk to patient and staff safety.
All patients and staff deserve to be safe.
Support regulation compliance, reduce risk being passed on or inherited.
NON-PARAMEDIC AMBULANCE STAFF
There is no good reason for the UK not to persue the same safeguarding standards as Ireland and the USA. Its time to catch up and regulate 100% of patient facing ambulance staff.
Employers can support the register by enrolling for access to our Safeguarding Portal here | Clinicians can apply for registration here | Media inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org | Public inquiries: click here
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All registrants held on our register are audited and verified. We verify registrants' qualifications, driver's licence, their identity - including the use of biometric facial matching and background checks to match certificate to applicant. We carry out Enhanced DBS checks and our system automatically monitors DBS certificates in real-time for changes in status, enabling rapid response when a potential risk to the public or staff is identified. All registrants are expected to maintain a CPD relevant to their registered grade. We pride ourselves in having an advanced safeguarding system that helps employers to rapidly identify staff with concerning behaviours or allegations, helping to keep patients and other staff safe.
Joining the register, either as a registrant or as an organisation (to access the HPAC portal), helps to drive up standards of expectation in the industry, promotes best practice and helps to keep patients, the public and staff safe.
You can look for individuals practising within the grades listed below, verify if they are registered with us and their current status. First Aiders / Community First Responders/ Ambulance Care Assistant / Health Care Assistants / Phlebotomists / Emergency Care Assistants / Emergency Care Support Workers / Ambulance Technicians (HPAC EMTs are IHCD equivalent or higher) / Associate Ambulance Practitioners. There may be other registrant grades that do not feature on this list.
All our registrants have gone through a full verification process and audits are conducted on a regular basis.
The Health Practice Associates Council puts the patient at the centre of everything we do. We seek to ensure best practice, high standards of competence, proficiency and patient safety are adhered to by all our registered practitioners through regulation and support.
- Put patient and public safety first
- Show care and compassion to all stakeholders
- Always strive to be fair and objective in decision making
- Pursue best practices at all times
The Health Practice Associates Council (HPAC) is a legally recognised council that is owned by the public and registered with Companies House as a non-profit Community Interest Company. The HPAC was launched in 2015 as no such register for the clincians existed, and was desperateily needed to enhance patient and staff safety and standards. The register is a non-statutory regulator for non-paramedic ambulance personnel. The register was developed in collaboration with seven NHS Ambulance Trusts, input from St John Ambulance and British Red Cross, as well as from key independent ambulance service providers to help monitor and improve standards accross the field. Initially, to help kickstart the register, we allowed regsitrants to self regulate, as time progressed we converted to fully regulating and auditing all registrants. For sereral years now, all of our registrants have been fully verfied and audited and no one is present on the register unless they have been fully verified and audited.
Our Vice-Chairman was the project lead for the registration of paramedics in the UK in 2001. He also set up and ran the IHCD programme which was used nationwide by NHS Ambulance Services to train their Paramedics and Ambulance Technicians until recent years. Our Chairman was Chair of the College of Paramedics from 2010 - 2017, he wrote many of the standards the HCPC uses to hold paramedics to account, introduced many advancements in training standards for Paramedics and the way the NHS Ambulance Service functions, including the introduction of Make Ready. As a regulator, the HPAC is set up to protect the public and support clinicians throughout their professional development. As it has progressed we have welcomed on board registrants from different sectors of the health economy such as Health Care Assistants, Phlebotomists and more.
Public Health England, Health Protection Scotland and other agencies including the Departments of Health and Social Care are regularly updating their guidance for health and care personnel and information for the public.
Kindly check regularly for any new statements issued, as well as being aware of guidance from your employer.