The Med Shed

Specialist Paramedic

THE WORKING DAY

You drive to the home of an elderly woman with heart problems in Bridlington. She often has to be taken to Hull Royal’s Emergency Department in an ambulance when hdition worsens.

You assess her and decide it’s possible to treat her condition at home and you administer appropriate emergency treatment. Once you’ve treated her and made her comfortable, you give advice on how she can best manage her condition in future.

Throughout the evening, you’re called to a number of homes and administer emergency care, so they don’t have to go to hospital. You know the next call might be to a patient in a life-threatening situation, but your job is always varied and exciting and you enjoy a good rate of pay.

DOES THIS SOUND LIKE ME?

You’re calm, responsible and reliable. You easily put others at ease and like meeting people from all walks of life. You’re interested in medicine and prefer an ‘out of office’ role that offers excitement and variety.

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 onto 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.

Before you can become a specialist paramedic, you need to train and work as a paramedic. After gaining some experience working in the NHS you will have additional education and training to become a specialist paramedic.