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. 

Route to becoming an EMAS paramedic 

To practice as a paramedic, you must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.

To join EMAS as a paramedic, you must study a two year DipHE in paramedic practice at university.

EMAS has links with the following universities which means we provide students with their placements for ambulance practice. 

Sheffield Hallam University 

University of Northampton

Birmingham City University

University of Lincoln 

Please note that the internal EMAS route as student paramedic (to be trained on the job) is provided through Coventry University only. This programme is taught in partnership between Coventry University and EMAS, with EMAS providing all the placements for ambulance practice.  


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.