Ambulance Paramedic Careers

How to become an Ambulance Paramedic

What does a Ambulance Paramedic do?

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 technician.

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.

What's the working environment like working as a Ambulance Paramedic?

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.

What does it take to become a Ambulance Paramedic?

As a paramedic, you should:

  • be interested in the care and well-being of patients
  • have the academic ability to cope with the necessary examinations
  • be able to deal with life and death situations and stay calm when working under pressure
  • enjoy working with the public
  • have excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • be able to work well in a team
  • be well-organised
  • show initiative and be able to take decisions quickly
  • be physically fit and emotionally resilient.

Ambulance Paramedic Career Opportunities

Further information

If you would like to know anything about Ambulance Paramedic that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.

NHS Learning and Development Service
Tel: 08000 150 850

NHS Careers
PO Box 376
BS99 3EY
Tel: 0845 606 0655

The Ambulance Service Association
Friars House
157-168 Blackfriars Road
Tel: 0207 928 9620

British Paramedic Association
28 Wilfred Street
DE23 8GF
Tel: 01332 746 356

Health Professions Council
Park House
184 Kennington Park Road
SE11 4BU
Tel: 020 7582 0866

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