Ambulance Paramedic

Ambulance Paramedic


Ambulance Paramedics resuscitate and stabilize the condition of critically ill or injured persons by applying emergency care prior to their transport to hospital and by ensuring that their patients continue to receive care en route to hospital.


Paramedics work mostly outdoors in and around their vehicles. Work settings vary according to the different emergencies they respond to, while working hours may vary from one service to another.

Personal Qualities:

  • Being sympathetic and ability to remain calm in emergency situations
  • Ability to work individually and in a team
  • Sound judgement and level headed
  • Excellent driving skills and a complete knowledge of the highway code

A Typical Day:

A typical day for an Ambulance Paramedic might include

  • Putting on dressings for wounds and supports for broken bones
  • Giving medicines and injections
  • Making quick decisions about moving patients
  • Using advanced equipment to keep people breathing

Entry Requirements

To become a Ambulance Paramedic, You need to be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council before you can work unsupervised as a paramedic.

To join the register, you need to complete a Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) approved qualification that includes clinical placements with an ambulance service and various other health providers.

There are two ways that you can work towards HCPC registration:

  • by taking a Foundation Degree, Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE), or degree in paramedic emergency care (other subject titles may also be used)
  • By getting a student paramedic job with an Ambulance Trust and studying whilst learning on the building years of having sport related experience is an advantage.

To do a course, you will usually need five GCSEs (A-C) including English, maths and science, and between one and three A levels, often including a science.

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