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Paramedic

Paramedics respond to emergency call-outs and give people life-saving medical help.

Potential salary

£24,907 to £37,890

Employment by 2024

+4.73%

Working hours

36 to 38 a week

  • knowledge of healthcare and medicine
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • customer service skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • knowledge of public safety and security
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • the ability to work well with others
  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

In this role you'll:

  • respond to emergency calls
  • assess situations when you arrive and check details with others at the scene, like the police
  • work calmly and quickly to stabilise patients
  • use a defibrillator to revive patients
  • give patients medicines and injections
  • help to deliver babies
  • attend non-emergency calls and decide whether patients need to go to hospital
  • check equipment regularly and keep accurate records
  • reassure family and members of the public who are on the scene

You may need to wear protective clothing and a uniform.

You could work on an ambulance, at a client's home or in the community.

Your working environment may be physically and emotionally demanding and outdoors some of the time.

With around 3 years' experience, you could become:a team leader; a specialist paramedic; an emergency care practitioner

You could also move into operations management, education and training or research, or train to work in other areas of healthcare, for example nursing.

You can find out more about becoming a paramedic from the College of Paramedics and Health Careers.

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