Specialist paramedic

Specialist paramedics use their training and skills to help patients in emergency situations. They have extra training to assess and treat patients and administer medication.

Working life

Specialist paramedics are advanced practitioners in dealing with emergency situations. When they arrive at the scene, they first assess the patient’s condition. They have the experience and training to make decisions and treat patients at the emergency scene.


As a result the patient may be able to return home from the emergency scene without having to go to hospital. Specialist paramedics may also treat people at home. They may, for example:

A specialist paramedic may work from an ambulance or use a motorbike, emergency response car or bicycle to reach their patients. As experienced practitioners, they often work alone or with a paramedic or emergency care assistant. Where necessary, they may call for back-up from an ambulance or from other emergency services.

Some specialist paramedics are based in health centres or hospitals. Others work in ambulance control centres giving guidance on emergency care by phone. 

Training and development

If you do not already have a degree you will be encouraged to study towards one, for example, community healthcare practice or emergency care. You will be expected to attend further training courses to keep your skills and knowledge up to date.

Specialist paramedics often join the College of Paramedics. Registered specialist paramedics have to keep their skills and knowledge up to date with annual CPD (continuing professional development). The College of Paramedics runs courses, conferences and seminars where specialist paramedics can exchange ideas and update their skills.

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