Where could I work?
You could work for ambulance trusts; in the community, in hospital wards, clinics, GP surgeries, or offshore. The nature of this role means that you need to be prepared to work outside in all conditions.
What does a typical shift look like?
Working as a paramedic is unpredictable. The severity of the patient’s condition dictates the degree of urgency required, and excellent clinical decision making is key. You could be dealing with an acute emergency, or a situation where your patient requires help at home to avoid unnecessary hospital admission. As a paramedic you need to be able to adapt to your patient’s needs.
What would my starting salary be?
Most jobs in the NHS are covered by the Agenda for Change pay scales and, as a recently graduated paramedic working for an ambulance service you will start at Band 5 and move to band 6 after two years. Pay and conditions will vary depending upon your employer and competitive rates are offered throughout the private and voluntary sectors. You should always check with the employer to confirm the pay rate for any post for which you are applying.
What hours would I be working?
37.5 hours per week are standard hours and many areas require you to work shifts, involving evenings, nights, early starts, weekends and bank holidays.
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