HOW TO BECOME A PARAMEDIC
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The paramedic selection process is regulated by the Health Professions Council (HPC). The HPC sets out clear standards of proficiency for those wishing to complete a programme leading to application to join the HPC Register of professionals.
Part of the selection process for assessing a candidate’s suitability will involve an interview. The purpose of the interview is to see whether you:
- Possess the personal, intellectual and presentational qualities suitable to become a Paramedic Practitioner.
- Have the ability to accomplish the academic and professional requirements of the programme.
- Display an understanding of the demands of studying at university.
- Meet the standards required for entry to the programme applied for.
- Display a commitment to developing subject knowledge, skills and understanding in order to be able to care for patients in the pre-hospital environment.
- Display a commitment to becoming a competent safe professional Practitioner.
- Communicate clearly in written and spoken Standard English.
The Paramedic Selection Criteria
You can expect that the interview will assess all of the following areas:
i. Intellectual ability and personal and presentational qualities
You will be given the opportunity to demonstrate your enthusiasm for paramedic practice and would be likely to adopt a positive approach to work. The particular qualities that the assessors will be looking for include:
- clear speech
- positive demeanour
- the capacity to be an effective member of a team
- good communication skills
- ability to get on with people
- a caring attitude
- a genuine liking for and understanding of caring for sick patients
- an ability to analyse questions and issues
- an ability to give clear, thoughtful answers to questions
ii. Professional awareness and a commitment to a future career
You will be expected to have well thought out ideas on why you wish to enter a career in Practice. Previous experience of health care is not usually necessary but you should have a good understanding of the knowledge, concept and skills of the subject area and the capacity to articulate your understanding. If you have planned to gain experience after the interview you should let you interviewers know.
iii Academic Awareness
Success on a course depends on you being able to commit to academic and professional demands and for this reason you should be able to demonstrate clearly an understanding of the academic rigours of this course and how you will ensure assessment deadlines are met.
Interviewers will expect candidates to have a basic understanding of the theoretical experience that will be gained during this programme and how that might enable your practice experience.
You should also remember that an interview is a two way process and that you should treat the interview as an opportunity to ask the assessors questions. It is important that you make the right choice of programme.
HOW WE CAN HELP YOU
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The guide and the DVD are literally packed full of quality tips and advice on how to complete the application form, how to pass the paramedic tests and also contains sample paramedic interview questions and answers.
Steps to becoming a paramedic in the UK
Step 1: Training
In order to practice as a paramedic you must first be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). To register with the HCPC, you’ll need to complete a HCPC programme in paramedic science. There are a wide range of universities in the UK which offer these courses, and also many ambulance service trusts which can provide HCPC approved training. The courses generally last from 2-5 years, depending on whether you are full-time or part-time. Students who wish to enrol on a paramedic science degree course will be required to pass a selection process that includes a numeracy and literacy test, a fitness test and an interview.
The training consists of both theoretical and practical study. You’ll spend a large amount of time working within real hospital departments, under the supervision of senior doctors.
Step 2: Application Form.
Next, you’ll need to download the paramedic application form. This is the stage where a huge number of candidates fail, so it’s essential that you give yourself plenty of time to complete it. You can download your application form from the website of the Ambulance Service that you are applying to join.
The majority of the sections within the application form are fairly simple. However you will need to produce a detailed and focused response to the ‘person specification’ questions and ‘vision/values’ questions. To ensure this, make sure that when you sit down to complete the application form, you have a copy of the person specification/job description next to you.
Step 3: Written Tests.
The next stage in the process is the written tests. These will take place at an assessment centre, and you’ll need to prepare thoroughly in advance! The tests that you will take are as follows:
- Verbal Reasoning.
- Numerical Reasoning.
- Map Reading Test
- Dictation Test
- Oral Highway Code Test
You need to start your preparation for these tests immediately! The results of the tests are used as part of the entire selection process and not in isolation. You should be aiming for high scores in every element of the selection process, and that also includes the written tests.
Step 4: The Interview.
Finally, you’ll need to sit an interview. This is most common stage at which candidates fail, so make sure you prepare as much as possible. Make yourself stand out during the interview, having carried out plenty of research, and be ready to provide specific real examples of where you have met the personal specification for the role.
You should research in areas such as:
- What does the ambulance service do?
- What other services do they offer?
- What does the role you applying for involve?
- What qualities are needed to perform the role successfully?
- What issues are effecting the ambulance service at the current time?
You also need to be aware of issues such as:
- What the term ‘diversity’ means, and why this is important for paramedics in the workplace.
- Why ‘diversity’ benefits the local community.
- How the ambulance service in your community has worked to overcome different problems.
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240-PAGE GUIDE AND INTERVIEW DVD
Topics and information included within this guide include:
HOW TO PASS THE SELECTION PROCESS
- Completing the paramedic application form to ensure success
- Sample application form responses that have actually been successful.
- The Top 10 Insider Tips and advice brought to you by serving recruitment staff.
- How you can easily beat the competition to land a job.
- The criteria for joining the Ambulance Service.
- How to prepare for the assessment centre and test questions.
- Sample test questions to help you in your preparation.
- Map reading skills and exercise.
- Actual paramedic interview questions.
- How to answer the interview questions including sample responses to use.
- Sample interview question responses.
- Dictation Exercise.
- How to pass the lifting and handling tests.
- How to prepare for the driving assessment.
IN-DEPTH INFORMATION AND ADVICE TO PREPARE YOU FOR YOUR CAREER
- Paramedic training and what to expect.
- How the NHS Ambulance Service operates.
- Entry requirements for joining the NHS Ambulance Service Trust.
- Training and what you will go through.
- Salary and benefits.
- Opportunities within the service for career progression.
- Useful NHS trust contacts.
- What your training will involve.
- Manual handling skills.
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