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Paramedic

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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 2017. Paramedics are on Band 6, £26,830 to £35,933 a year.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

Job vacancies appear on the My Job Scotland website, the local press, in Jobcentre Plus offices and on the Universal Jobmatch 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
2017
3462
2.3 %
RISE
2022
3541
  United Kingdom
2017
25933
1.5 %
RISE
2022
26319

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What Does it Take?

You should be:

Training

Getting On

More Information

The Scottish Government has committed over the next five years to train 1,000 new paramedics, with over 200 new paramedics trained in 2016, as part of the first phase.

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.

Skills for Health
Tel: 0117 922 1155
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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