Paramedics provide specialist care and treatment to patients who have been involved in accidents or emergencies. Paramedics need the ability to make swift decisions and stay calm.  A Paramedic is usually the senior member of two-person ambulance crew, supported by an Emergency Care Assistant (ECA) or Technician/Associate Ambulance Practitioner (AAP).
Typical duties of the role include:
  • driving and staffing ambulances and other emergency vehicles
  • responding to emergency 999 calls
  • assessing patients, providing emergency treatment and making diagnoses
  • monitoring and administering medication, pain relief and intravenous infusions
  • dressing wounds/injuries
  • using specialist equipment including ventilators and defibrillators
  • transporting patients to hospital and continuing to provide treatment while in transit
  • providing hospital staff with patient information including condition and treatment
  • helping provide patient care in hospitals and other medical facilities
  • communicating effectively with patients and their relatives/friends
  • 24-hour shift work (including weekends) is usually a standard requirement of the role.
Qualifications and training required
To be a paramedic, you need to be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Registration with the HCPC requires you to have a HCPC approved qualification in paramedic science
Minimum requirements for this role
  • Hold a current DBS
  • Over 21-years of age
  • Hold a full manual driving licence, for not less than two years, allowing up to a maximum of six points
  • Hold an Ambulance Emergency Driving Certificate which can be either
    • Futqual level-3 blue light or
    • IHCD BTec level-3 emergency blue light
Key skills for a Paramedic
  • A caring and outgoing personality
  • A proven track record of working well in a team environment
  • Good communication skills
  • The ability to stay calm and make swift decisions
  • A good level of physical fitness
  • Good navigational skills and driving skills
  • Resilience
  • Stamina