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Trial admin assistants and paramedics to reduce GP workload, says landmark review

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I am a paramedic and work in General Practice. I do all the house visits and moreover take responsibility for my work load. Yes of course I will speak with the patients named GP when required but if it is agreed that a medication needs starting or a dose changing for example I take responsibility for this in terms of subsequent blood tests, referral etc. I couldn't do my role without GP support nor am I pretending to be a doctor I have a set a skills that I have developed over the last twenty years that allows me to recognise sick people and be curious enough to get to the bottom or at least try of people's illness and frankly I couldn't face another twenty years of front line A&E. I feel and am told that I am a valuable part of the team but it is not for all paramedics of course and as mooted the skill is being comfortable with ambiguity, stratifying risk and being prepared to be wrong.

Posted date

24 Jul 2015

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6:09pm

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