Paramedics are highly skilled people who respond to emergency and urgent 999 calls from people in the local community. This could be a sudden illness or injury, such as a person having a heart attack or serious accidents like a car crash.
To get to an emergency, the paramedic will either arrive in a Rapid Response Vehicle (RRV) or by an Ambulance be part of an ambulance crew which includes an Emergency Medical Technician.
When the Paramedic arrives, they will assess the patients to see if they need treatment before deciding what to do next. This may include keeping the patient at home to care for themselves, contacting the GP (doctor) or taking them to hospital. Paramedics also respond to non urgent calls and transfer patients to other hospitals if they need more specialist care or treatment.
To help them give the best care to patients, Paramedics receive a lot of training and use a lot of lifesaving equipment and medicines that are carried on the ambulance.
To be a Paramedic you will need to be:
- 18 years of age and over
- have a minimum of 5 GCSE’s grade C and above including Maths, English or Welsh and a Science subject
- You will also need to study a two-year full-time course at Swansea University, which leads to a Diploma in Paramedic Science.
You will also need to:
- be a caring and helpful person
- be calm in difficult situations
- be able to communicate with lots of different people
- be able to work as a team
- be willing to work shifts
- be able to drive
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Career Roles in the Ambulance Service