Paramedics provide life-saving clinical care in the community. They are dispatched by our Emergency Operations Centre (control room) to respond to 999 calls. Paramedics are trained to deliver treatment and care to patients in their time of greatest need.

In an emergency, paramedics will use specialised equipment, such as defibrillators (which can restore the heart’s rhythm), and can also administer oxygen and drugs to support the patient's recovery.

Paramedics can work in a crew or solo, and often work closely with the police and fire services. They deal with a range of different patients and medical conditions every day.

Find out more about a career as a paramedic with the NHS.


Apply to be a Paramedic at EMAS

To be a Paramedic at EMAS, you should:

  • Have a relevant qualification, such as BSc Paramedic Science or BSc Paramedic Practice.
  • Meet the standards of proficiency as set by the HCPC.
  • Pass an occupational health assessment (exposure prone procedures level).
  • Have a satisfactory Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check.
  • Have the C1 category on your driving licence and pass an emergency driving course (a nationally-awarded qualification recognised by all ambulance services across the UK).
  • Be committed to providing excellent healthcare and enjoy working with people.
  • Have excellent communication skills.
  • Have knowledge and experience of paramedical science and have an understanding of the evidence-based research informing the profession.
  • Be confident to act as a lead clinician whilst being an effective team member and supporting more junior clinicians.

Detailed requirements are provided in the job description. Find out more about the skills required of a paramedic on the HCPC website.

We are always recruiting Qualified Paramedics. If you are a Qualified Paramedic and interested in a career at EMAS, please contact our Recruitment Team:

We advertise Newly Qualified Paramedic roles when vacancies are available.

  • View our Current Vacancies.
  • Find out how to apply.
  • All applications for jobs at East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust must be submitted via TracSign in or create an account to get started.

Newly Qualified Paramedic


Recently-graduated paramedics are employed as Newly Qualified Paramedics (NQP).

  • The NQP programme lasts for 24 months after qualifying.
  • EMAS provides additional support, development, and supervision during this period.
  • Upon completion of the NQP period, you will progress to a Band 6 Paramedic and act as a lead clinician while supporting other staff (such as students) and directing care.

Qualified Paramedics have a range of options for career development at EMAS, including within our:

  • Clinical Assessment Team (based in our Emergency Operations Centre).
  • Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) and operational leadership teams.
  • Teams of Specialist or Advanced Paramedics.

Train to be a Paramedic

University route

Many paramedics will have a degree in Paramedic Science or Paramedic Practice, 3 year BSc (Hons) programmes offered by a number of UK universities. There are also an increasing number of MSc programmes offered across the country.

EMAS provides placements for students enrolled on Paramedic Science or Paramedic Practice courses at universities within the East Midlands:

Please check the university website or prospectus for information about course entry requirements. Applications to Paramedic Science or Paramedic Practice courses must be made via UCAS and enquiries should be directed to the university.

In-service development route

The in-service route enables qualified Ambulance Technicians to complete further training to qualify as a paramedic. This route is often referred to as ‘earn while you learn’. Vacancies are advertised internally to EMAS staff.




"I love the fact that I’ve been able to progress in my career at EMAS and be out on the road with fellow crews responding to patients in the community.
From my experiences of EMAS, I would say that the common thread throughout the organisation is everyone playing their part to ensure our patients receive high-quality care at the right time and right place."

Laura Golding - Paramedic
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"I work with a really good team who are all supportive of each other. There’s no denying that when you spend 12-plus hours with someone, multiple days a week, you really start to get to know your crewmates on a personal level and we really care and look out for each other. 
There are always opportunities to learn more, which is why I have decided to return to university. I am fortunate enough to have secured funding through EMAS to support me."

Kayley Reading - Paramedic