A day as a specialist paramedic

You begin work at 5pm, driving to the home of an elderly lady with a heart condition. She often has to be taken to accident and emergency in an ambulance when her condition worsens. You assess the patient and establish her medical history and decide that it's possible to treat her condition at home and you administer appropriate emergency treatment. Once you've treated her and made her comfortable, you give advice on how she can best manage her condition in future. Throughout the evening you're called to a number of homes, and administer emergency care for patients who might otherwise have had to visit hospital. You may also attend life threatening calls as part of your work which is always varied and exciting, and you enjoy a good rate of pay.

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Emma Relf

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Does this sound like you?

You're calm, responsible and reliable. You easily put others at ease, and like meeting people from all walks of life. You're interested in medicine, and would like an 'out of office' role that offers excitement and variety.

What's next after GCSE?

You'll need a minimum of five 9-4 (A*-C) grade GCSEs (or the equivalent), including maths, English and science. If you go onto do further study - such as A levels or an equivalent level 3 qualification, you would have a wider range of options open to you, to become a paramedic.

What's next after A level and beyond?

Before you can become a specialist paramedic, you need to train and work as a paramedic. After gaining some experience working in the NHS you will have additional education and training to become a specialist paramedic.