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Senior Paramedic


After two years as a registered paramedic, you can advance to specialized roles with increased responsibilities and the ability to perform more treatments. Options include becoming a Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) paramedic, a specialist paramedic (e.g., in mental health or advanced critical care), or a consultant paramedic. Paramedics in these positions can make on-the-spot decisions and provide treatment at the emergency scene, potentially avoiding hospital visits. Experienced paramedics may conduct tests, perform basic procedures at home, refer patients to social care, admit them to specialised units, and prescribe medication. The role involves shift work, including evenings, weekends, and on-call duties. As part of a team, working with other healthcare professionals, you will have your own area of responsibility and be able to provide care independently. This includes assessing patients with symptoms like suspected fractures or chest pain, taking medical histories, examinations, and ordering necessary tests or scans.



You will need:

  • excellent communication/interpersonal skills
  • good driving skills
  • to be able to understand a situation quickly
  • to be calm in stressful situations
  • to be confident and reassuring
  • to be resilient in dealing with one’s own, and other people’s strong emotions
  • be able to follow procedures
  • be able to work quickly and accurately
  • be able to work alone or in a team
  • willing to educate/train staff


To work as a Paramedic, you must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), achieved by completing an approved Paramedic Science qualification. Ongoing training, a combination of self-directed and mandatory courses, is part of the profession for continual professional development (CPD). Additionally, you might undergo Paramedic Practice Educator (PPEd) training to mentor new paramedics, technicians, and emergency care assistants. Specialised training is also available, allowing you to prescribe medication, especially if you work in places like GP surgeries or A&E departments.

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