Paramedics use ambulances, motorbikes, emergency response cars or bicycles to reach people who need help at the scene of an accident or emergency.

Working life

You'll be the senior healthcare professional at an accident or a medical emergency and often first on the scene. You'll assess the patient's condition and make decisions about treatment.

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In many cases, you'll give essential treatment to resuscitate and stabilise the patient. This could include:

You may work from an ambulance with an emergency care assistant. You may work alone, using a motorbike, emergency response car or bicycle to reach your patients. Where necessary, you may call for back-up from an ambulance or from other emergency services when working alone.

You'll have to respond to any emergency situation. Many emergencies are likely to be distressing and involve people who are badly hurt and severely traumatised. For example:

If working alone, you'll take relevant information from carers or others at the scene. There may be other people nearby who are upset or angry.

As well as working with emergency care assistants, you'll work with other ambulance service staff, such as control room staff. You'll also work with doctors and with the other emergency services, including the fire service and police.

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