Title: Time for change – envisioning a future state for paramedicine in Canada

Paramedic practice has evolved across Canada over the last 15 years to include novel practice settings, increased clinical scope of practice, and innovative models of service delivery. In response, recent projects have sought to better describe professional competencies, increase education requirements, and have highlighted the need for evidence-based approaches in all facets of the profession. This session will provide an overview of the paramedicine landscape in Canada and internationally, the benefits of moving towards degree and postgraduate level education across the profession, the potential for advanced practice roles, and the urgent need for novel career options and pathways to recruit and retain the future workforce.

Speakers: Dr. Alan Batt and Andy Collen

Dr. Alan Batt PhD

Dr. Alan Batt is Paramedicine Program Lead at Queen’s University, Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the Department of Paramedicine at Monash University, and a Scientist with the McNally Project for Paramedicine Research. Dr. Batt’s research focuses on health professions education, marginalized and under-served populations, structural and social determinants of health, and the evolving role of paramedicine.

Andy Collen

Andy is currently a Consultant Paramedic at Southeast Coast Ambulance Service, leading on the Trust’s urgent care specialist/advanced paramedic practice programmes, professional standards and scope of practice. He recently undertook a secondment at the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch as a National Investigator. He is the Medicines and Prescribing Project Lead for the College of Paramedics, having worked alongside NHS England on independent prescribing for advanced paramedics, as well as other projects such as the review of paramedic medicines exemptions. Andy is responsible for the College’s published documents relating to medicines, and have prepared Practice Guidance for Prescribers, and Implementation Guidance for Prescribing, and Practice Guidance for Exemptions. Andy has written and contributed to several publications relating to paramedic practice, such as Decision Making in Paramedic Practice, published research relating to independent prescribing, and is a visiting senior lecturer at the University of Surrey, UK.

More info: https://paramedicchiefsleadershipsummit.com/2024/04/03/pcc-leadership-summit-2024-speaker-announcement-2/