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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-17571: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 29 June 2018

To ask the Scottish Government, further to its announcement of 13 July 2016 regarding paramedic training and recruitment, how many training places have been (a) available and (b) filled in each year since, and whether it is on course to meet its five-year target.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 20 July 2018

The Scottish Government, on the 13 July 2016, announced our commitment to supporting the recruitment and training of 1000 paramedics over the next 5 years to deliver care in the community.

The data tables below outline the paramedic and specialist paramedic training places available and filled in each year since 2016-17.

Details on intake numbers for 2018-19 are not yet available.

The tables also include detail on the number of places taken up on the undergraduate paramedic training programme at Glasgow Caledonian University

and the number of paramedics who have been directly recruited by the Service.

 

Year

Paramedic Training Places Available

Training Intake

Additional Qualified Paramedics Recruited

Undergraduate Programme

Total

2016-17

200

164

10

 

174

2017-18

200

127

15

50

192

2018-19

198

In process

8 at present

100

In process

 

 

Year

Specialist (Advanced) Paramedic Training Places Available

Training Intake

Additional Qualified Specialist Paramedics Recruited

Total

2016-17

51

49

24

73

2017-18

51

28

 

28

2018-19

51 (18)

In process

In process

In process

As these tables show, the ambulance service has recruited and trained a total of 247 paramedics in 2016-17 and 220 in 2017-18. The Service is on course to meet the five year target set out in the Scottish Government announcement.