We have written to employers to warn them that due to the inconsistent implementation of the NQP program, many services are used by PNQs with other ambulance colleagues, but are not paid immediately. The recent news that all paramedics qualify in Scotland and will move directly to Volume 6, with no NQP period, continues to put pressure on our national agreement. Newly qualified paramedics consolidate the apprenticeship program. The goal is to help new paramedics fulfill the scope of practice required by current ambulatory emergency care. Volume 6 UECR Paramedics Job Description PDF (PDF – 198.9KB) The Trust met on 9 December 2016 and 3 February 2017 with its job evaluation sub-group (involving the union`s job evaluation officers) to agree on the process for setting up local job matching. In January 2017, she also contacted union directors and job evaluation officers by phone and email to ensure agreement on the job reconciliation process and documentation to be used. The job evaluation process itself is also a common process. The trust is in the process of establishing a joint implementation group focused on the work needed to implement the newly qualified paramedic role and consolidation programme. We are now at a point where some staff members have reached their 12th birthday as NQPs, and we need to explain why we have not reached agreement on an expedited process. The employers` proposal does not live up to expectations and we are therefore not in a position to conclude an unsatisfactory agreement on behalf of our members. See frequently asked questions about improving regulations for newly qualified paramedics affected by the retroactive application of the national agreement. In December 2016, the NHS Staff Council, ambulance unions, employers and Arms Length bodies agreed on a new job profile for paramedics in pay range 6. The agreement was a recognition of the additional responsibilities and knowledge that paramedics need to perform more and more clinical work, in accordance with the requirements of the emergency and emergency care audit.

Section 1 of the national agreement is expected to be completed by 1 April 2017. Section 2 of the national agreement is expected to be completed by 2020. The national agreement focused on the development of a new job description for paramedics, and this was achieved with feedback from employers and trade unions, including a local consultation process. As a result, agreement was reached on the final version of the national volume 6 Paramedic Job Description. Joint discussions on the implementation of this aspect of the national agreement will continue and further information will be distributed soon. As part of the national agreement, employers and trade unions have agreed on a new national occupational description for paramedics in Volume 6. Our national job profiles for rescue services contain information about the new profile, instructions for the job match process and FAQs. In December 2016, employers and unions signed a new national agreement to include paramedics in the Agenda for Change Band 6. This agreement provided for the creation of a Qualified Ambulance Driver (NQP) role, the implementation date of which was applied retroactively to all paramedics employed after September 1, 2016.

In addition, concerns have been expressed about the NPLs affected by the retroactive application of the national agreement (agreed on 8 December 2016, partly retroactive to 1 September 2016) and we have had joint discussions to address these concerns in a constructive manner. . . .