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Becoming a Paramedic

Paramedic Job Vacancies

As a paramedic you can be sure that your job will not only be interesting, it will be busy too!

You may go from treating a young child with a fever, to leading the care delivered to a patient in cardiac arrest. 

With a wide scope to deliver excellent care, you will be expected to make decisions on your feet while providing first-class treatment, in what are often very emotional and challenging circumstances.

People are the job so you need to enjoy interacting, have great communication skills, compassion and empathy.  For many patients you are stepping into often crucial and life-changing times in their lives.


What are the benefits?

  • A minimum 27 days' holiday each year, increasing with service.
  • New NHS employees from April 2008 will be eligible to join the Amended NHS Pension Scheme which provides membership to a final salary scheme with pension linked to pay near retirement. Other benefits include life assurance, dependent benefits, voluntary early retirement, ill-health retirement benefits and the option to increase retirement benefits.
  • Personal and professional development and training opportunities.
  • Childcare voucher scheme.
  • Salary Sacrifice schemes for cars or push bikes
  • Access to occupational health and counselling services.
  • Access to NHS discounts, offering NHS employees a range of money-saving deals.

What qualifications do I need?

You will need to have a degree in paramedic science to become a paramedic and be registered with the HCPC. You would be required to apply to one of the four universities which we work with. 

Alternatively, you could join our Trust as an Emergency Care Support Worker and work towards securing a placement as a Student Paramedic on one of our internal pathways.

How do I apply?

If you are already a paramedic and wish to join our service, please visit NHS Jobs where you can view all our latest vacancies.

We are always interested in hearing from qualified paramedics.

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Lucy’s story

Lucy Tyrrell moved to Kent from Northamptonshire to study for her BSc Hons in Paramedic Science at the University of Greenwich and got so hooked she never went back.

Her three-year placement at the “absolutely lovely” Medway campus and South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust led to job offers from SECAmb and an ambulance service closer to home, but when crunch time came she decided she couldn’t leave Kent or her adopted Trust.Lucy Tyrrell

“University was a great experience and my practice placement shifts played a huge role in making it so positive,” said Lucy. “The Trust and their staff were all really supportive and made me believe it was a place where I would like to stay and work.”

As a Newly Qualified Paramedic at SECAmb, Lucy responds to 999 and 111 calls in Kent in a double-crewed ambulance. The job requires emergency response driving, good interpersonal and communication skills, decisiveness and a sound knowledge of clinical protocols and emergency treatments.

Lucy wants to develop as a paramedic before moving onto anything else but acknowledges there are many opportunities for progression within the service.

“There are managerial and leadership training courses, operational roles in Control (within SECAmb’s two Emergency Operations Centres where 999 and 111 calls are received and assessed) and opportunities to specialise in urgent and clinical care in Paramedic Practitioner or Critical Care Paramedic roles.

“Also, there are not many other services in the country who have Critical Care Paramedics reserved for those category one emergencies where a patient needs a high level of roadside medical attention, outside of an air ambulance intervention.”

For Lucy, Kent is now home and SECAmb is a great place to learn on the job while developing a long-term paramedic career.

 

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