Experienced paramedic

Once you are an experienced paramedic with additional skills and qualifications, you can develop into other roles that allow you to carry out more treatments and take on more responsibility.

Working life

There are many opportunities for experienced paramedics to develop into more senior roles such as: 

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Paramedics in these roles have the necessary experience and training to make decisions and treat patients at the emergency scene. As a result, the patient may not need to go to hospital and experienced paramedics can treat people at home. They may, for example:

You’ll do shift work, including evenings and weekends, and also on-call work. As part of a team, working with other healthcare professionals, you’ll have your own area of responsibility and be able to provide care independently.

Working from a response car, GP surgery or urgent care centre, you will assess patients with symptoms and conditions such as suspected fractures or chest pain. You might also see patients in nursing or residential homes, schools or prisons. You will take a patient’s medical history, examine them and order tests and scans where necessary.

There are also opportunities for experienced paramedics with extended qualifications to move into executive director posts, research and teaching roles.

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.

Experienced paramedics often join the College of Paramedics. Registered paramedics in more senior roles 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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