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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

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Ambulance staff who work for the NHS are paid on the Agenda for Change scales. The current pay scales are from April 2022. Paramedics are on Band 6, £35,522 to £43,286 a year.


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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.

What Does it Take?

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Getting On

More Information

The Scottish Government introduced an annual bursary of £10,000 for paramedic students as part of a new scheme, which started in September 2021. The award will be paid over 12 months to 668 eligible students, with this expecting to rise to almost 900 students next year.

The location of the Scottish Ambulance Academy allows ambulance staff to have the opportunity to train alongside police and fire service colleagues, for example, in simulated road traffic collisions.



The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

NHS Scotland Careers
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Twitter: @NHSScotCareers

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