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Paramedic

Paramedic stocking up supplies in ambulance

A paramedic responds to emergency calls as part of an emergency team, or as a first responder, using procedures they have been trained to do. They usually work in a two-person crew alongside a technician or care assistant. However, they can also work on their own using a motorbike to attend to a call out.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

Ambulance staff who work for the NHS are paid on the Agenda for Change scales. The current pay scales are from April 2023. Paramedics are on Band 6, £37,831 to £46,100 a year.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

Job vacancies appear on the myjobscotland website. Most ambulance work is with the NHS, but there are also jobs with the armed services. There are some private ambulance companies around the UK including one or two in Scotland.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2023
2575
2.4 %
RISE
2028
2636
  United Kingdom
2023
28154
4.9 %
RISE
2028
29522

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What Does it Take?

You should be:

Training

Getting On

More Information

The Scottish Government offers eligible paramedic students a bursary. For 2023/24 this is £10,000 which is paid in monthly instalments throughout the course.

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

NHS Scotland Careers
Website: http://www.careers.nhs.scot
Website (2): https://jobs.scot.nhs.uk/
Twitter: @NHSScotCareers

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