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.
Paramedic Training Places Available
Additional Qualified Paramedics Recruited
8 at present
Specialist (Advanced) Paramedic Training Places Available
Additional Qualified Specialist Paramedics Recruited
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.