A Paramedic is a medical technician who belongs to an ambulance service personnel providing Advanced Life Support to those who are in a critical situation commonly known as an emergency. Being a Paramedic in most countries are required to have extensive training and most of the time, a degree in a medical field. There are two ways to become a Paramedic in the United Kingdom. Traditionally, an applicant can be a Paramedic after they have undergone a series of trainings and promotions. Unfortunately, it isn’t applicable today due to the demands of the job and its challenges. Because of this, one can only be a Paramedic if they became a student at a university offering related paramedic degree course or become a permanent student trainee with one of the UK’s ambulance trusts.
The ambulance trusts in the UK that offers paramedic education and training are East Midlands, East of England, Great Western, London, North East, North West, South Central, South East Coast, South Western, West Midlands & Yorkshire. On the other hand, universities that offer degrees in line with being a paramedic are Bournemouth, Brighton, Bristol, Canterbury, Cornwall, Coventry, Greenwich, Hatfield, Lancashire, Liverpool, Manchester, Northampton, Oxford Brookes, Portsmouth, Sheffield, St. Georges (London), Staffordshire, Surrey, & Worcester.
Though requirements and qualifications are the same when training in an ambulance trust or a university, paramedical students can get paid during their trainings on various ambulance trust. After that, if their grades and performance are good enough, they automatically get the position in the trust they’re training in. When it comes to having a degree, a student can always apply for educational grants where they can go to school for two years and be a paid trainee as well after.
Aside from the extensive trainings of ambulance services and emergency handling, paramedical students must also attain a certain grade for their levels of education whether they’re in a trust or university. In order to pass and graduate, a student must have GCSEs at level C or above in Maths, English and at least three other subjects preferably including a science.
Paramedics are the senior ambulance service healthcare experts and they have the responsibility of assessing the patient’s current condition and then give essential and fast treatment. Aside from the degree and academic performance, ambulance trusts all over UK also look for applicants with traits and physical conditions fit for a paramedic.
Among the trainings of paramedical students, speed and strength are highly considered. According to the governing body of all ambulance trusts in UK based on their performance, New Ambulance Performance Standards (NAPS), the Government’s targets are to reach 75% of Category A (life-threatening) calls – as decided by the computerised AMPDS – within eight minutes. A number of initiatives have been introduced to assist meeting these targets, including Rapid Response Vehicles and Community First Responders.
NAPS emphasises the speed and efficiency of a paramedic’s job along with their ambulance personnel. Because of this, student paramedics must be able to run at a good amount of speed and carry a weight of more than 20 kilos aside from knowing how to assess and treat an injured person. Aside from these, a paramedic must have presence of mind and a quick instinct in times of tragedy and major accidents. A qualified paramedic must meet the demands base on knowledge, skills and discipline in order to perform their duty to its fullest.