Emergency Medical Dispatcher
In this role, you will be answering 999 calls from members of the public, other healthcare professionals or blue-light services. You will ask them a series of structured questions about the condition of the patient and then assisting a dispatch officer to decide the most appropriate way to respond.
Where appropriate, you will provide emergency medical advice over the telephone so that the patient’s condition is being managed before help arrives on the scene.
As a dispatch officer you receive details of 999 calls requesting an ambulance on a computer screen. The information will have been collected by an emergency medical dispatcher. Using your training to assess the type of emergency, you’ll determine what response is needed and, if appropriate, send the nearest ambulance, fast response car, community first responder or even air ambulance helicopter to the scene.
Clinical Assessment Team
As a Clinical Assessment Team (CAT) advisor you will be a registered or specialist paramedic, nurse, midwife or mental health nurse. You will provide medical triage for all categories of calls received in our Emergency Operations Centre. The aim is to ensure all patients receive the most appropriate care for their medical need.
Not all patients who ring 999 require an emergency ambulance to take them to hospital; as a CAT advisor you will help them access the most appropriate service.
You will also provide clinical or alternative service advice to our ambulance crews and control centre dispatchers.