You would respond rapidly to emergency calls and give immediate medical care to injured people in potentially life-threatening situations.
You'd deal with anything from minor wounds to serious injuries caused by a major accident. You'd treat shocked and traumatised people who will rely on you to help them and ease their pain. You would often transfer critically ill patients from one hospital to another.
You'd check the patient's condition and quickly decide what action to take. You'd make calm and reasoned decisions about the right treatment and care for them.
- Use advanced life support techniques, such as electric shocks, to resuscitate patients
- Carry out surgical procedures, such as inserting a breathing tube
- Provide drugs and fluids
- Give medicines and injections
- Dress wounds and apply supports to broken bones
If you take a patient to hospital you would tell the staff about the person's condition as quickly and accurately.
You'd also keep accurate records of your cases and regularly check the ambulance equipment. You would need to respect patient confidentiality.
You could work on a traditional ambulance as part of a team or alone using a car, motorbike or bicycle. You may choose to work on a helicopter as part of the Air Ambulance Team or to join specialist teams working across a wider range of emergency situations. You'd also liaise with police and fire service crews.
Most jobs are in the National Health Service; see more about the role and conditions when working as paramedic for the Scottish Ambulance Service.
- Physical and emotional stamina
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You must already be a qualified ambulance technician. You must pass the Scottish Ambulance Service entrance test including a fitness test.
- At least one science subject
- A full current UK driving licence including category C1, with no more than three points
- To be approved for membership of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme run by Disclosure Scotland
You need to be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) before you can register as a paramedic.
Qualifications that show an understanding of health and wellbeing such as:
- Skills for Work Health Sector (SCQF Level 6)
- Health and Social Care (SCQF Level 4/5)
- SQA Wellbeing Award (SCQF Level 3-5)
Experience in care work.
Experience in a driving job, preferably with larger vehicles.
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