The Med Shed

Paramedic

THE WORKING DAY

Working for Yorkshire Ambulance Service, you’re on the Saturday evening shift and your ambulance is parked outside Hull Royal Infirmary.

Within minutes, your ambulance is called to the A63 near the Asda on Hessle Road. Two cars have crashed, and a woman has suffered a head injury. Her condition isn’t life threatening and, with the help of your ambulance technician, treat her head wound.

After Humberside Police and Humber Fire and Rescue arrive, you can leave the scene and you’re called next to Orchard Park to the home of an elderly woman suspected to having had a stroke. You carry out preliminary assessment then take her to Hull Royal, where the specialist stroke team are waiting to help her. Every day is varied and fast-paced. Although the work is tiring, it is very rewarding.

DOES THIS SOUND LIKE ME?

You’re calm under pressure and are good at putting people at ease, even if they’re distressed or aggressive. You’re responsible, caring and enjoy helping others.

WHAT'S NEXT?

You’ll need a minimum of five 9-4 (A*-C) grade GCSEs (or the equivalent), including maths, English and science. If you go on to do further study — such as A-Levels or an equivalent level 3 qualification — you will have a wider range of options open to you, to become a paramedic.

There are three ways to become a paramedic. You could take a full-time approved degree in paramedic science/practice at university. Alternatively, you could apply for a post with an ambulance service trust as a student paramedic or apply for a more junior role and then work your way up to doing a degree apprenticeship in paramedic science (which some ambulance service trusts run) and study part-time while you’re working.

For the full-time university route, you’ll usually need at least 2 A-Levels (or equivalent level 3 qualifications), depending on the course. For the student paramedic route, good GCSE grades may be sufficient, and so you may not need A-Levels.