As the first responders to medical emergency situations, paramedics head into the unknown to save lives and help those in need of urgent medical care.

What's it like to be a paramedic?

You’ll find that no two shifts are ever the same for a qualified paramedic. From making life-saving decisions, to using your judgement and skills to quickly assess patients’ conditions, you’ll be the nation’s lifeline.

You’ll be trained to resuscitate and stabilise patients using sophisticated techniques, equipment, and drugs. In an emergency, you may use high-tech equipment such as defibrillators, spinal and traction splints, as well as administering oxygen and drugs. 

You’ll work in a range of emergency and non-emergency situations, and will also often work alongside the police and fire and rescue services. Paramedics also work closely with other healthcare teams, such as: GPs, Nurses, Mental Health Crisis Teams and Pharmacists to manage patients in the community or closer to their home. As well as your patients, you’ll also support their relatives, friends, and other members of the public.


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