Paramedics respond to 999 and 111 calls and are trained in all aspects of urgent and emergency care, ranging from problems such as cardiac arrest, heart attacks, strokes, spinal injuries and major trauma, to minor illnesses and injuries.

Working life

In the past, paramedics provided emergency treatment and transported patients to hospital, but, as a modern day paramedic, you will provide a comprehensive mobile healthcare service by assessing patients, diagnosing problems and providing treatment, often in the patient’s own home.

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Most paramedics work for NHS ambulance services alongside an ambulance technician or emergency care assistant.

You might also work as a single responder from a car, motorbike or bicycle, or provide advice over the telephone from a control room or clinical ‘hub’.

Paramedics also work in other settings, including GP practices, minor injury units, urgent care centres, walk-in centres and A&E departments. Wherever you work, you will undertake full clinical assessments and make decisions about the care you provide.

Every case or call is different, so you might have to: 

As well as caring for your patient, you will also need to be able to look after and provide advice to your patient’s carers, friends and family.

During your career, you may have the opportunity to undertake further higher education to progress to becoming a specialist, advanced or consultant paramedic.

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