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How to Become a Paramedic in the UK?

Paramedics are the healthcare professional who responds to the emergency medical calls and provide specialised out-of-hospital medical services and unscheduled care to the emergency patients. All kind of emergencies such as from minor injuries and unexpected illness to criminal violence, accidents etc. are attended by them.

Earlier, paramedics delivered emergency treatment and brought patients to hospital but these days they provide a complete mobile healthcare service by assessing patients, diagnosing problems and providing treatment often in patient’s home.

Generally, they provide more extensive pre-hospital care and are highly trained as the Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) who performs life-saving rescue operations.

Some roles of the Paramedics are listed below.

  • Response to emergency calls for medical assistance such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
  • Evaluate a patient’s condition and determine a course of treatment.
  • Provide support to transfer patients to the A&E department of a healthcare facility and report their observations and treatment to the staff.
  • Stabilize head and neck injuries
  • Stabilize broken bones
  • Bandage wounds
  • Execute emergency respiratory procedures for people with blocked airways
  • For heart attacks patients perform cardiac support etc.

Entry Requirement to be a Paramedic

You must get registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) to work as a paramedic in the UK. At first, you will need an approved qualification in paramedic science that could be a diploma, a foundation degree or a degree to be eligible for the registration with the HCPC, which is the regulatory body for paramedics in the UK.

HSCP has around 50 approved paramedic courses on its list, which includes diploma and BSc degree courses, university courses at foundation degree level and work-based learning.

There are 2 ways to study and qualify as a paramedic in the UK. They are:

University route

The first way is by completing a 2-4 year university course in paramedic science. The university courses are available at diploma, BSc and foundation degree levels. The entrance level to courses and time to complete the courses depends on the level of study you choose to join in. Courses include combination of theory and practical work including assignments with ambulance services.

Student paramedic route

The next way is by applying as a student paramedic inside an ambulance trust, where you will work while you study. The entry condition can be different from one NHS ambulance service to another. So, check details about entry requirement before applying for student paramedic training.

This way can take up to 5 years of time to complete the course. It has very limited number of vacancies due to which the competition for these places is very high. Most courses compel at least 5 GCSEs with a minimum of grade C, including English, maths and science.

It is expected that you have a good understanding of the work involved in this field and also a full manual driving licence when you apply for the course. The trust use different size vehicles so carefully check which classification you need on your licence.

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