Continuous professional competence (CPC) for Irish paramedics and advanced paramedics: a national study

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/314064
Title:
Continuous professional competence (CPC) for Irish paramedics and advanced paramedics: a national study
Authors:
Knox, Shane; Cullen, Walter; Dunne, Colum
Citation:
Knox, Shane; Cullen, Walter; Dunne, Colum. Continuous professional competence (CPC) for Irish paramedics and advanced paramedics: a national study. BMC Medical Education. 2014 Mar 02;14(1):41
Issue Date:
2-Mar-2014
URI:
http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1472-6920-14-41; http://hdl.handle.net/10147/314064
Abstract:
Abstract Background Internationally, continuing professional competence (CPC) is an increasingly important issue for all health professionals. With the imminent introduction of a CPC framework for paramedics and advanced paramedics (APs) in Ireland, this paper aims to identify factors that will inform the implementation of this CPC framework by seeking stakeholder input into the development of a CPC model for use by the regulatory body. Our secondary objective is to determine the attitudes of registrants towards CPC and what they consider as optimal educational outcomes and activities, for the purposes of CPC. Methods All paramedics and APs registered in Ireland (n = 1816) were invited by email to complete an anonymous on-line survey. The study instrument was designed based on CPD questionnaires used by other healthcare professions. Quantitative and qualitative analyses were performed. Results The overall response rate was 43% (n = 789), with 82% of APs and 38% of paramedics participating. Eighty-nine per cent agreed that registration was of personal importance; 74% agreed that evidence of CPC should be maintained and 39% believed that persistent failure to meet CPC requirements should mandate denial of registration. From a pre-determined list of activities, respondents indicated practical training scenarios (94%), cardiac re-certification (92%), e-learning supplemented by related practice (90%) and training with simulation manikins (88%) were most relevant, while e-learning alone (36%), project work (27%) and reading journal articles (24%) were least relevant. Conclusions Irish Paramedics and APs are supportive of CPC linked with their professional development and registration. Blended learning, involving evidence of patient contact, team-based learning and practical skills are preferred CPC activities.
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
Keywords:
EMERGENCY MEDICAL CARE; ALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONAL

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dc.contributor.authorKnox, Shaneen_GB
dc.contributor.authorCullen, Walteren_GB
dc.contributor.authorDunne, Columen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T10:05:37Z-
dc.date.available2014-03-14T10:05:37Z-
dc.date.issued2014-03-02-
dc.identifier.citationKnox, Shane; Cullen, Walter; Dunne, Colum. Continuous professional competence (CPC) for Irish paramedics and advanced paramedics: a national study. BMC Medical Education. 2014 Mar 02;14(1):41en_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1472-6920-14-41-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/314064-
dc.description.abstractAbstract Background Internationally, continuing professional competence (CPC) is an increasingly important issue for all health professionals. With the imminent introduction of a CPC framework for paramedics and advanced paramedics (APs) in Ireland, this paper aims to identify factors that will inform the implementation of this CPC framework by seeking stakeholder input into the development of a CPC model for use by the regulatory body. Our secondary objective is to determine the attitudes of registrants towards CPC and what they consider as optimal educational outcomes and activities, for the purposes of CPC. Methods All paramedics and APs registered in Ireland (n = 1816) were invited by email to complete an anonymous on-line survey. The study instrument was designed based on CPD questionnaires used by other healthcare professions. Quantitative and qualitative analyses were performed. Results The overall response rate was 43% (n = 789), with 82% of APs and 38% of paramedics participating. Eighty-nine per cent agreed that registration was of personal importance; 74% agreed that evidence of CPC should be maintained and 39% believed that persistent failure to meet CPC requirements should mandate denial of registration. From a pre-determined list of activities, respondents indicated practical training scenarios (94%), cardiac re-certification (92%), e-learning supplemented by related practice (90%) and training with simulation manikins (88%) were most relevant, while e-learning alone (36%), project work (27%) and reading journal articles (24%) were least relevant. Conclusions Irish Paramedics and APs are supportive of CPC linked with their professional development and registration. Blended learning, involving evidence of patient contact, team-based learning and practical skills are preferred CPC activities.-
dc.language.isoenen
dc.subjectEMERGENCY MEDICAL CAREen_GB
dc.subjectALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONALen_GB
dc.titleContinuous professional competence (CPC) for Irish paramedics and advanced paramedics: a national studyen_GB
dc.typeArticleen
dc.language.rfc3066en-
dc.rights.holderShane Knox et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.-
dc.description.statusPeer Reviewed-
dc.date.updated2014-03-05T16:37:20Z-
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