Resources: CPD for Paramedics

23 Jun 2021Resource

CPD can cover a wide range of activities: anything you do to learn or develop professionally can count towards your CPD, providing it enhances what you can offer to service users as part of your practice. In fact, you’re probably already doing more CPD than you realise!

We’ve put together a compilation of useful resources which may aid you in your CPD goals. The list below covers podcasts, webinars, and books which could help your learning.


College of Paramedics

The College of Paramedics presents a new series of podcasts bringing news, interviews, discussion and up-to-date analysis from the world of paramedic practice.

The Resus Room

The Resus Room is a Free Open Access Medical Education site, or FOAMed. The content centres around care of patients in and around The Resus Room.

At least twice a month, it brings podcasts on a variety of Emergency Medicine topics centered around evidence-based medicine with reference to national and international guidelines. Each month it also highlights interesting research papers.

RCEM Learning

A twice-monthly #FOAMed podcast from the Royal College of Emergency Medicine. It includes literature reviews, guideline updates and interviews with the smartest minds in Emergency Medicine.

Picking Up The Pieces by London's Air Ambulance Charity

Picking Up The Pieces tells the stories of those who have been touched by London’s Air Ambulance Charity to find out what happens when patients and their loved ones return home and have to adjust to the new practicalities of lives that have been torn apart.

In a special episode, writer Adam Kay meets John, a doctor, and Steve, a paramedic, to hear how they process the trauma they witness on a daily basis. All three men are candid about their own experiences with mental health challenges, explaining the role both formal and informal debriefs play in voicing their struggles, as well as exploring how PTSD can manifest differently for different people.

EMS 20/20

EMS 20/20 is a podcast hosted by two experienced American paramedics. Spencer Oliver and Christopher Pfingsten discuss real calls run by real responders and pull out the lessons you won't find in a textbook. This podcast is aimed at paramedical students, seasoned paramedics looking to refresh, or anyone interested in a deeper dive into pre-hospital health care.


This Emergency Medicine podcast is run by Tim and Clare, prehospital practitioners with a passion for what they do. They aim to share knowledge and expertise in the field of prehospital medicine, with specific reference to the UK working environment, and to make the content relevant to all professional prehospital practitioners. Episodes cover common issues faced by paramedics.

Webinars and Online Courses

College of Paramedics

The College of Paramedics’ CPD Hub, which is free to members, is a fast-growing resource of contemporary learning with over 250 videos featuring a wide range of speakers and key topics for paramedic practice and development. Whether you want an update on clinical issues, to watch a thought-provoking discussion, supplement your reading for a course assignment or just browse a fantastic range of high-quality presentations, there is something there for you.

Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine Webinars

Journal of Paramedic Practice has created a free-to-attend webinar series that will take place over three evenings from June 2021. These free-to-attend online CPD-accredited webinars will bring together experts in the field of pre-hospital emergency care to discuss the key management, clinical and professional issues affecting those in the field.

Each evening there will also be a live Q&A allowing participants to ask questions of the experts. All webinars will subsequently be made available to view on-demand, to ensure you can watch at a time that suits you.

Trauma Care Free CPD Webinars

Trauma Care hosts a series of online events delivering the latest in learning, developments and information within the Trauma Care sphere. You can register to take part in the interactive live event with key questions and answers, or catch up with the recordings when you subscribe. Webinars coming up include:

  • Pre-hospital Management of Crush Injury (Wed 30th June 2021, 8pm)
  • The Role Of Interventional Radiology In Trauma (Wed 14th July 2021, 8pm)
  • Functional Management Of An Achilles Tendon Rupture (Wed 21st July 2021, 8pm)


Some of the most recent publications in the field:

Clinical Cases in Paramedicine - edited by Sam Willis, Ian Peate, Rod Hill

ISBN: 9781119619253

Clinical Cases in Paramedicine provides students, educators, and early career paramedics with a diverse range of detailed case studies that realistically represent the conditions, scenarios, and challenges encountered in practice. Integrating evidence-based cases and expert insights from leading academics and practitioners, this engaging resource helps readers develop appropriate decision-making skills and apply theoretical concepts to practical situations.

A Paramedic’s Tales: Hilarious, Horrible and Heartwarming True Stories - by Graeme Taylor

ISBN: 1550179020

In A Paramedic’s Tales, Graeme Taylor reveals all - from the humorous to the horrific. Not knowing what’s around the bend makes for a fast-paced adventure every time a paramedic goes on duty. Taylor, who worked as a paramedic for twenty-one years in Canada, shares true stories that are both gritty and uncensored, yet the compassion and courage of coworkers, patients, strangers - and people who had previously threatened to kill our narrator - shines through the gore.

Can You Hear Me?: An NHS Paramedic's Encounters with Life and Death - by Jake Jones

ISBN: 1529404266

Jake Jones has worked in the UK ambulance service for ten years: every day, he sees a dozen of the scenes we hope to see only once in a lifetime. “Can You Hear Me?”, the first thing he says when he arrives on the scene, is a memoir of the chaos, intensity and occasional beauty of life on the front lines of medicine in the UK.

Do you have any resources that other paramedics would find useful?

Please let us know on Twitter and we’ll update our list so everyone can benefit. If you've tried any of these resources, tell us how you found them - and remember to record and reflect on your CPD evidence too!

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