Paramedic in green uniform in the back of an ambulance tending to a patient on a strecher

Paramedics respond to critical emergency and urgent situations, delivering high quality and effective pre-hospital clinical care and patient transportation, responding to 999 emergencies, inter-hospital transfers and urgent hospital admissions.

Working in a crew or solo, a paramedic will use advanced driving skills under blue light and normal traffic conditions to respond to and transport emergency and routine patients as required. 

In an emergency, you will use high-tech equipment, such as defibrillators (which can restore the heart’s rhythm), spinal and traction splints and intravenous drips, as well as administering oxygen and drugs. You will deal with a range of different people and situations, working shifts, in all weathers. 

How to become a... Paramedic

A paramedic is a registered healthcare professional with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). Paramedics at East Midlands Ambulance NHS Trust (EMAS) work as solo responders as well as part of an ambulance crew providing an emergency response to 999 calls. They will carry out a comprehensive clinical assessment before helping the patient get appropriate care from another NHS service or taking them to hospital.

They also work with a wide range of other internal and external clinicians including Emergency Technicians, Emergency Care Assistants and professionals from other healthcare organisations across the East Midlands.

Newly Qualified Paramedics

In the NHS, recently graduated paramedics are employed as Newly Qualified Paramedics (NQP).

The NQP programme lasts for 24 months after qualifying and during this period additional support, development and supervision is provided by EMAS.

Upon completion of the NQP period, a paramedic will progress to a Band 6 paramedic and will act as a lead clinician whilst supporting other staff (such as students) and directing care.

How to become a paramedic

There are two routes to become a paramedic—in service development from technician or  application to an East Midlands university offering a HCPC-approved Paramedic Science programme through UCAS.

The in-service route typically requires individuals to have employment as a Student Technician and Qualified Ambulance Technician before completing further education as a  Paramedic Apprentice. This route is often referred to as ‘earn while you learn’.

However, aspiring paramedics can apply to undertake a BSc (Hons) in Paramedic Science at a wide range of universities across the UK via UCAS and can apply to EMAS upon graduation from university.

Within the East Midlands region, the following universities currently provide Paramedic Science degrees:

What next

Career and progression opportunities for registered paramedics in EMAS include:

  • Focused roles within our operational 999 service.
  • Opportunities within our Clinical Assessment Team (Emergency Operations Centre).
  • Opportunities within our Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) and operational leadership teams.
  • Opportunity to develop career as a Specialist or Advanced Paramedic.

About you

A registered paramedic needs:

  • To be committed to healthcare and enjoy working with people.
  • To have excellent communication skills and be willing to support and work with
  • Knowledge in paramedical science and have an understanding of the evidence based research informing the profession.
  • To be confident to act as a lead clinician whilst being an effective team member and supporting more junior clinicians.
  • To meet the standards of proficiency as set by the HCPC.
  • To pass an occupational health assessment (exposure prone procedures level) and have a satisfactory disclosure barring service (DBS) check.
  • To have the C1 category on their driving licence.
  • To pass their emergency driving course which is a nationally awarded qualification recognised by all ambulance services across the UK

Find out more on the HCPC website.

Pay and hours

  • NQP - Band 5 + unsocial shift allowance.
  • Paramedic - Band 6 + unsocial shift allowance.
  • 37.5 hours per week.

How to apply

All our current vacancies are available via the EMAS vacancies page.

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Emergency Care Practitioner (ECP)

The role of the emergency care practitioner is a developing one that offers new opportunities for paramedics. Perhaps working from a response car, or based in a GP surgery, minor injury unit, hospital emergency department, or other setting, an ECP will assess patients with certain symptoms and conditions, such as suspected fractures or chest pain. 

An ECP will take a medical history; examine the patient and order tests and scans as necessary. The decision will then be made to give treatment or to refer on to another healthcare professional. There is great scope for extending this role even further, with more training and qualifications.