Paramedics deal with first aid emergency cases, as well
as complex non-emergency hospital admissions,
discharges and transfers. Paramedics work as part of a
rapid response unit with support from an ambulance
Emergencies can range from minor injuries to serious casualties in a major road or rail accident.
The ambulance crew provides all aspects of pre-hospital emergency care. On arrival, paramedics assess the situation and make decisions quickly about emergency treatment and movement of the patient. Paramedics are trained to use advanced life support techniques, carry out certain surgical procedures and administer a range of drugs for the emergency treatment of a number of medical and trauma conditions.
They are trained in advanced driving skills and can work on traditional ambulances, as well as rapid response cars and motorcycles. They are also responsible for checking the efficiency of the vehicle and equipment. Accurate record keeping is an essential part of the job.
Full-time ambulance personnel in the NHS work about 40
hours a week. Paramedics work on rotating shifts,
including nights, weekends and public holidays. Many
ambulance personnel work part-time.
Paramedics have to work in all weathers. As the work involves handling and lifting patients and some heavy equipment, they must be physically fit.
Some situations can be distressing and sometimes paramedics can be faced with aggression from patients or other members of the public.
As a paramedic, you should:
If you would like to know anything about Ambulance Paramedic that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.
The Ambulance Service Association
157-168 Blackfriars Road
Tel: 0207 928 9620
British Paramedic Association
28 Wilfred Street
Tel: 01332 746 356
Health Professions Council
184 Kennington Park Road
Tel: 020 7582 0866