Paramedic Duties of a Clinical Deployment Officer

As we have already discovered in Paramedic Jobs: Clinical Deployment Officer, the role of the Clinical Deployment Officer is so important when critical deployment decisions need to be made in response to a paramedic emergency.

Clinical Deployment Officer Paramedic Duties

Most Clinical Deployment Officers are already an experienced Intensive Care Paramedic, but let’s have a look at the additional skills and duties they are tasked with inside the command or communications centre:

  • Provide supervision of command/communications centre and its employees
  • Co-ordinate the allocation of ambulance services, efficiently deploying ambulance resources.
  • Provide clinical advice, direction and operational support to staff and patients (if required).
  • Perform a range of administrative duties.
  • Accept the role of Ambulance Commander for the initial deployment of resources in the event of a major operational incident (Assume role until command of operations is passed to a more senior officer).
  • Perform road rotation as a paramedic in the field in order to maintain accreditation skills.
  • Provide timely assistance and/or guidance to all subordinates.
  • Facilitate the provision of high quality, efficient and appropriate clinical responses to requests for ambulance services.
  • Supervise the implementation of operational procedures in accordance with Ambulance Service policy.
  • Monitor key performance indicators and present report outcomes to the superior officials.
  • Field enquiries from the media and other health care providers. Respond to members of the public, Ambulance employees and other emergency service organisations.
  • Ensure that senior officers are advised of incidents in accordance with Ambulance Service policy.
  • Provide mentoring and coaching to staff to ensure organisational and personal development objectives are achieved.
  • Ensure that communications centre staff observe security and safety procedures.
  • Assist Communications Centre staff with clinical decision-making in situations outside Standard Operating Procedures, including consultation with Medical Practitioners as required.
  • Provide clinical input to dispatch decisions including helicopter dispatch in accordance with standard operating procedures for medical retrievals and inter-hospital transfers, including determining clinical level of response and mode of transport.
  • Assist with air ambulance coordination, including interacting with the Medical Coordinator and interstate and intrastate hospitals, including management of competing priorities.

The Highest Level of Paramedic Training and Experience

It is clear from this list of important responsibilities that Clinical Deployment Officers require the highest level of paramedic training. They most also have extensive paramedic experience in order to effectively manage and respond to a wide range of complex paramedic emergencies.

In addition to paramedic training and paramedic experience, Clinical Deployment Officers must have highly developed communication skills, leadership abilities and the personal qualities of a senior paramedic officer. They must be calm, compassionate, courageous and clinically professional in the face of a crisis. They must also possess superior problem-solving abilities.

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