Critical care paramedic

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“I love the lack of routine and the fact that every day is different. Knowing I have made a positive difference to a person's life also makes the job worthwhile.”

What do you do?

As well as carrying out the full range of usual ambulance duties and responsibilities, I also respond to life-threatening calls, such as cardiac arrests, serious falls and road traffic collisions. My specialist role allows me to assess and diagnose injuries and use more powerful drugs and equipment on the scene that, up until now, were only used in hospital.

I also work closely with our air ambulance service, medical director and local hospital departments, such as theatres, A&E and intensive care units to maintain my skills when I'm not working in the normal ambulance environment.

What is your typical day?

I work 12-hour shifts which are long and tough but I love the lack of routine and the fact that every day is different. Knowing I have made a positive difference to a person's life also makes the job worthwhile. The emotional and physical highs and lows of the job can be challenging but I work within a supportive team with a great sense of humour which sees me through those difficult days.