New Paramedic Course Developed by RGU and ORMS

Robert Gordon University (RGU) has teamed up with Outreach Rescue Medic Skills (ORMS) to create a new training course for paramedics.

(L to R): Gavin Innes (RGU), Jason Williams (ORMS), Kate Goodhand (RGU), Tim Roberts (ORMS), Professor Ian Murray (RGU), Yvette la flame Willaims (ORMS), Haf Thomas (ORMS), Robin Trangmar (ORMS)The course, entitled BSc Paramedic Practice – Remote and Hazardous Environments, has been designed to be delivered on a part-time, blended learning basis over six years.

Successful completion of stages one and two would make the student eligible to apply for Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration as a paramedic. From there, HCPC registered paramedics can choose to enter stage three and work towards obtaining their degree.

The face to face content of the course will be delivered by ORMS in Bangor, North Wales. There is a bespoke site with facilities which allow the students to cover working at height, enclosed spaces and water.

Most of the course will be delivered in an online format by ORMS personnel. This will include experienced paramedics, alongside medical staff, nurses and midwives.

All students will have access to full support and services at RGU.

Commenting on the new course, Professor Ian Murray, Head of the School of Nursing and Midwifery, said: “We at Robert Gordon University are delighted to be working in partnership with ORMS to bring forward this exciting course.

“The BSc Paramedic Practice - Remote and Hazardous Environments fits well with RGU’s development within remote healthcare and makes an important contribution to developing the skills and competence of paramedics who work within these sometime austere environments.

“The quality of service provided by these practitioners will be significantly enhanced by undertaking this course”

What makes the course unique is the consideration it gives to contexts such as remote and hazardous environments, which prepares students to work in a safe and hostile manner.

Evidence based practice and the principles of research are embedded throughout the course and students have the opportunity to apply their skills to work based projects.

The course is best suited to those who are already employed in a clinical role and are unable to commit to studying full time.

Course Leader, Tim Roberts, said: “The ORMS faculty are excited to be working in partnership with RGU in delivering a course that will develop paramedics who practice and lead in the most challenging environments and circumstances.

“ORMS, like the paramedic profession, is embracing a journey that helps practitioners develop academic skills, clinical practice and leadership principles both now and in their future careers.”

To discuss the course and individual requirements, contact the Course Leader, Tim Roberts, via

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