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Paramedic

2nd July 2019

To be a good paramedic you need to have…

  • a caring attitude and outgoing, helpful personality
  • excellent interpersonal skills for dealing with patients, their friends and family, and members of the public
  • initiative and decision-making capability in pressured situations
  • a calm and reassuring approach
  • good general fitness to cope with lifting patients and equipment
  • resilience in the face of strong emotions
  • excellent driving skills – most NHS ambulance trusts will require you to be able to drive an ambulance under emergency conditions

If you’re thinking of a career as a paramedic…

You must be registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). In order to register you’ll need to complete an HCPC-approved paramedic science qualification. There are a few ways to do this:

  • complete a university course at diploma, foundation degree or degree level (this is the main recommended route)
  • apply for a position within an ambulance trust as a student paramedic and study while working
  • apply for a degree standard apprenticeship in paramedic science with an ambulance service trust

Full details of all HCPC-approved paramedic science qualifications are available on the HCPC register of approved education and training programmes.

To get onto a degree apprenticeship, you will need to apply for an apprentice position with a health care provider. You can search for vacancies on the NHS Jobs website and Find an Apprenticeship website.

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