Paramedic Pathfinder

The North West Ambulance Service implemented Paramedic Pathfinder in 2012. Based on the Manchester Triage System, Pathfinder is a reductive, consistent, and clinically safe triage system to enable accurate face-face assessment of individual patient needs on scene, identifying the most appropriate care pathway for that patient.

This initiative has been adopted by several UK Ambulance Trusts and has enabled NWAS to increase safe care closer to home by over 10% in 3 years.

Pathfinder will generate one of four key outcomes which stream and direct patients based on their care needs, including:

  • Emergency department
  • Urgent care centre
  • Community or primary care pathways
  • Self-care





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