Want to become a Paramedic?
Have you ever thought what it would be like to save someones life?
Then why not join the 'Thin Green Line' as a Paramedic.
To practice as, and call yourself a paramedic, you must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). To register with the HCPC, you first need to successfully complete an approved qualification in paramedic science.
There are three ways to become a paramedic.
You could take a full-time approved degree in paramedic science/practice at university. Alternatively, you could apply for a post with an ambulance service trust as a student paramedic or apply for a more junior role and then work your way up to doing a degree apprenticeship in paramedic science (which some ambulance service trusts run) and study part-time while you're working.
For the full-time university route, you'll usually need at least 2 A levels (or equivalent level 3 qualifications), depending on the course. For the student paramedic route, good GCSE grades may be sufficient, and so you may not need A levels.
Becoming a paramedic takes between two and four years. The course includes a mixture of theory and practical work including placements with ambulance services and other healthcare settings. Each University or Ambulance Service sets its own entry requirements, so it’s important to check carefully what you will need.
In recent years the paramedic profession has evolved from being a provider of emergency treatment and transportation in an ambulance to a provider of mobile healthcare.
As a result of this evolution, paramedics can now be found working in multiple settings including general practice, minor injury units, urgent care centres, walk-in centres and accident and emergency (A&E) departments and in remote and offshore sectors.
Paramedics in some of these settings often undertake advanced clinical assessments and take the responsibility for the ongoing care provided to patients, in addition to onward referral and discharge.
Visit the NHS website to find out more information on how to become a paramedic as well as over 300 other careers within the National Health Service.
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