Netcare is the largest private hospital network based in South Africa and the United Kingdom. Training for paramedics is challenging and fast-paced, though students are given different options to work toward full-time employment.
Netcare 911 is a relatively new program, having been founded in 1998. It is a pre-hospital risk management and emergency assistance subsidiary of Netcare Ltd., which operates and manages the largest hospital and doctor network anywhere in the world outside of the United States.
Anyone wishing to become a Netcare 911 paramedic can follow three different avenues. The first is training at the School of Emergency and Critical Care (SECC) facility, where courses are presented in a tiered approach. The end result is employment as an advanced life support (ALS) paramedic.
The second option is to complete a four-year bachelor of technology degree at one of South Africa’s tertiary institutions, such as Cape Peninsula. Upon completion, graduates will be qualified as ALS paramedics and can register with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA).
The final Netcare 911 paramedic training option is the emergency care technician (ECT) program. This is a two-year commitment, allowing students to graduate with a national certificate in emergency medical care (EMC) at NQF Level 5.