|HPAC registration demonstrates credibility and accountability to patients, employers, colleagues, and the public.|
When onboarding new applicants to the register, their qualifications, identity, and background are all checked and verified before approval by our registration team. This includes a full enhanced DBS check, which is then registered on the update service and monitored in real-time by our safeguarding system.
Nationwide Police Engagement: The HPAC is signposted nationwide in all police custody suites in the country as the non-paramedic referral pathway. This arrangement is based on the principles of common law disclosure and helps to rapidly identify and alert service providers of new risks to patients, staff, the public and employers. The council regularly shares intelligence with police forces in bilateral information exchanges when dealing with referrals and fitness to practice investigations. This helps both law enforcement and HPAC to better serve and protect citizens, staff, and employers through regulatory compliance.
Engagement with the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS): The HPAC shares details of relevant referrals that we receive with the DBS. Details of our investigations, including registrant compliance with the fitness to practice process and outcomes, provide valuable insight for the Barring Service when assessing individuals. It is crucial that all providers of regulated activities (employers or volunteer managers of those working in regulated activity in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland) understand their legal duty to make a referral to the DBS if certain conditions are met. Learn more by following this link.
Kenny Gibson is the National Head of Safeguarding for the NHS, overseeing several portfolios, including Child Sexual Exploitation, Female Genital Mutilation and Looked After Children, and is the Safeguarding Lead for the HPAC. Prior to becoming the Head of Safeguarding for NHS England & NHS Improvement, Kenny was the Head of Public Health Commissioning for London. Kenny is passionate about connecting with and listening to patients, carers, and health practitioners in order to improve services and experiences within the NHS, as well as to empower people about their own well-being.
He has supported the work of the HPAC as a Council member since 2019 and is excited to see the vital steps in the Council’s mission since the register was set up in 2014 to help safeguard patients and staﬀ across the UK as the first regulator for non-paramedic ambulance clinicians.
The Health Practice Associates Council puts the patient at the centre of everything we do. We seek to ensure best practice, high standards of competence, proficiency and patient safety are adhered to by all our registered practitioners through regulation and support.
▶ Put patient and public safety first
▶ Show care and compassion to all stakeholders
▶ Always strive to be fair and objective in decision making
▶ Pursue best practices at all times
£79.50 per year
There is a registration fee of £79.50 per year, which is applied automatically every twelve months on the renewal date. The initial registration fee includes a high-quality driver's licence style ID card with multiple security features and an enhanced DBS check if an applicant is not on the update service (subsequent DBS checks or replacement ID cards carry an additional charge).
We regulate the following grades: First Aiders (FA) / Emergency First Responders (EFR) / Ambulance Care Assistants (ACA) / Emergency Care Assistants (ECA) / Ambulance Technicians (EMT) - HPAC registered EMTs are IHCD BTEC L3 equivalent, FREUC 5 or higher / Associate Ambulance Practitioners (AAP). Before applying to register, please click here to ensure that you understand how we map our grades and what training/qualifications are required for each one.