When you are fully qualified as a paramedic, you won’t have two days alike. You will find yourself working in a range of different types of situations that can make every day engaging. You will be tasked with using your judgement and skills to assess a patients condition and to make decisions that can be life-altering.
You will have ample training on how to stabilise patients and even resuscitate them. You will be using specialised equipment, medication, and techniques. These include defibrillators, splints, and other tech equipment. You will also be administering oxygen and various drugs.
You will typically find yourself working alongside various other recuse services like police and firefighters. Along with this, you will be supporting the patient’s relatives and other loved ones to calm them down and help them comprehend the situation.
As a professional paramedic, you will be working alongside various other healthcare professionals and teams in the community. These include mental health teams, doctors that specialize in diabetes, and more.
When you are based at a local station, you’re going to be tasked with working various shifts. These include both weekend and evening shifts and you will also be tasked with working in various weather conditions. I would highly recommend you see ‘Team Medic‘.
To get sufficient practice as a paramedic, you’ll need to complete a degree as either an apprentice or in paramedic science. From there, you will be able to apply to work for an ambulance service where you will be working under the title of a qualified paramedic. You also need to register with the Health and Care Professional Council.
You’ll find the courses that you need to take will range anywhere from 3 to 4 years if taking them full time. They will include all kinds of practical work and theory that you need to master. These include placements with various ambulance services.
The entry requirements for someone that is an undergrad are typical:
- 2 or 3 A levels that include science and (5) GCSE’s, English language, science, and math or equivalent qualifications:
- A HND, HNC, BTEC that includes science
- A relevant NVQ
- A single health or science-based access course
- Any equivalent Irish or Scottish qualifications
You’ll find that every university will have its respective qualifications and requirements. Therefore, you want to get the information straight from them.
If you are thinking about applying to be a paramedic, you will need to showcase how the values of the NHS Constitution apply directly to the work you’ll be doing every day. This is also true if you are looking to apply to get a paramedic degree.
New Yearly Payments
You will receive around £5,000 during the year to assist with funding your education. This is through the NHS Learning Support Fund. One of the best things about this is that you don’t need to pay anything back.
You will find that some ambulance trusts will offer the option of being able to study while you work. You will find each will have its requirements for entry. Typically, they will ask for the following:
- A minimum of (5) GCSE’s that are grade 4/C or more. This includes math, English, and a science
- An equivalent qualification with high-level science or health studies.
- Any employer is bound to look for proper physical fitness and at least (2) years of driving experience. You’ll find that the process for recruitment will have various stages of interviews, fitness assessments, driving tasks, and more. The company hiring you or the government will pay for all of the fees. Therefore, you won’t be eligible for student grants but you will get paid a yearly salary for your work.
When you are filling out your application to an ambulance service trust as either a full-time employee or a student paramedic, you’ll need to have a manual driving license. If you took and passed the test anytime after 1996, you’ll likely need to get an added qualification to drive larger vehicles. You’ll find ambulance service trusts typically use different sized vehicles. Therefore, you’ll need to check on the different sizes to select the right one.