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Ambulance Technician

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Ambulance technicians work as part of an emergency team alongside paramedics, responding to emergency calls. They treat patients at the scene of an accident or their home, and decide if they should be transferred to hospital or other medical facility for further treatment.

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. Trained technicians start on £20,923 a year, and after successful completion of the Diploma in Emergency Care Support this rises to Band 5, £23,113 to £29,905 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

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
1968
2.1 %
RISE
2023
2010
  United Kingdom
2018
19484
2.9 %
RISE
2023
20051

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What Does it Take?

You should be:

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.

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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