Paramedics, who are known in the UK for their work within ambulance services, are also able to work in General Practice and Primary Care. You may have seen paramedics undertaking clinics in the GP surgery you’re registered with or may have been seen by a paramedic in the surgery, instead of your normal Doctor (General Practitioner). The Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences is undertaking a research project to explore and understand the impact of Paramedics working in Primary Care.
• We are looking for eight members from across a whole spectrum of experiences and backgrounds with variation (as far as possible) in relation to gender, age, employment and ethnicity.
• The group will be made up of patients, carers and members of the public who have an interest in how primary care is organised.
• Group membership will last for four years, which is the duration of the project.
• Members of the group should be interested in how General Practice works for them and/or have an interest in becoming involved in shaping research on this topic.
• You will be offered payment of £50 for half a day and £100 per full day for your time.
• If we undertake any face-to-face meetings, we will also pay your travel expenses to attend (45p/mile or equivalent bus or train fare).
• Refreshments will be provided at face-to-face meetings.
Payments will be by submission of a claim form which we will provide.
This group will act as our ‘critical friend’, giving us fresh perspectives on the research we are undertaking. This will be undertaken in the following ways:
1. Attendance at team meetings
Team meetings will be held at three times throughout the year. These will initially be on a virtual platform, such as Zoom or Microsoft Teams, and may be face-to-face in the future. You may also be contacted at other times to ask for your advice about matters related to the research project (for example, to comment on a paragraph of writing we have put together to explain in plain English what we have found from the research).
2. Reading documents associated with the project
You may be required to read certain paperwork before meetings, at least 10 days before each meeting.
3. Contributing in team meetings
You will be required to offer a patient/carer perspective on the development of the research, carrying out the research and putting the findings into practice. This is of central importance to the success of this work. Minutes of the meeting will be kept by a minute’s secretary and agreed by all members of the group who attended the meeting.
University of Oxford -Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences