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Job Description

A Emergency medical technician will work as part of the emergency care team working with the ambulance crew to respond to emergency (999) and urgent calls.  They will provider emergency assistance and assess, treat and manage patients to decide if they can be treated at the scene or if they will need to be admitted to hospital.  The job may also involved driving at high speed.

Entry Requirements

Each ambulance service trust in the UK has different requirements for recruitment, it is therefore important that you check with any ambulance service directly about the opportunities they provide.

A level 4 apprenticeship has been developed for this role, for entry onto the level 4 apprenticeship, you will typically need to:

  • have a general standard of education and be committed to self-development
  • have a full UK manual driving licence with a minimum of 1 years driving experience. If you have any penalty points for minor motoring offences, you should check with the ambulance service you are applying to directly. 
  • hold the full C1 category on your driving licence at the point of applying for an apprenticeship 
  • have your own transport to attend training and work
  • be able to demonstrate experience in dealing with a range of people of different ages and social groups
  • be able to demonstrate a high degree of physical fitness by successfully meeting a fitness assessment by the employing ambulance service trust
  • have an understanding of compassion, respect and dignity through patient-centred care
  • have dedication, motivation and drive to ensure you take ownership of your own learning

The apprenticeship will last 12-18 months.

Following an initial classroom-based course, you will continue your apprenticeship and learning whilst out on the road, responding to emergency calls as a valued member of the ambulance service trust’s frontline team. If you successfully complete the course, you will be eligible to continue as a qualified EMT role with the ambulance service trust. 

Career Path and Progression

You could progress to become a team leader or supervisor.  You would be in charge of a team of emergency medical technicians, responsible for allocating work and drawing up shift rotas.  

You could apply to train as a paramedic.

Required Skills

  • good customer service skills
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • knowledge of public safety and security
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • the ability to work well with others
  • being able to use a computer terminal or hand-held device may be beneficial for this job.

Starting Salary

£19,000 to £26,000

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