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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

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 2018. Paramedics are on Band 6, £27,635 to £37,000 a year.

Conditions

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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
2018
3206
1.8 %
RISE
2023
3263
  United Kingdom
2018
25645
2.7 %
RISE
2023
26341

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What Does it Take?

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Training

Getting On

More Information

The Scottish Government has committed to training 1,000 new paramedics by 2021. The new paramedics will be recruited from existing ambulance technician staff, whose places will be filled by recruiting new technicians.

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.

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Scottish Ambulance Service
Tel: 0131 314 0000
Website: http://www.scottishambulance.com
Twitter: @Scotambservice
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/scotambservice/

Skills for Health
Tel: 0207 388 8800
E-mail: contactus@skillsforhealth.org.uk
Website: http://www.skillsforhealth.org.uk/
Twitter: @Skillsforhealth
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/skillsforhealth1

Skills for Health is the Sector Skills Council for the health sector.

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