How to Become a Paramedic in 2023
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BECOME A PARAMEDIC in 2023
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 Process
The Paramedic recruitment process will normally consist of the following elements:
Training to Become a Paramedic
Stage 1 – TRAINING TO BECOME A PARAMEDIC
The first step on your journey to become a paramedic is to complete a degree in paramedic sciences or via an apprenticeship degree.
The course itself will last between three to four years and will involve a mixture of theory and practical experience in the way of placements to the ambulance services.
There are a number of different course providers who offer different options. For example, some NHS trusts give you the option to study for the paramedic degree while you work for them, so it is best to investigate all available options for you before making a decision on your course entry point.
Stage 2 – The paramedic application form
The next stage in the application process to become a paramedic is for you to complete the online application.
Now, just because you have completed the paramedic degree, this does not automatically mean you will be employed as a paramedic. There is still much to be done. The application form being the first of number of required steps. Many candidates fail at this stage, so it is vital that you are fully prepared when completing your application.
Stage 3 – The paramedic tests
The next stage in the process to join the ambulance service as a paramedic is to undergo a number of psychometric tests at an assessment centres based around the UK. This assessment will include a number of tests which you will need to pass to progress in the selection process.
- Verbal reasoning
- Numerical reasoning
- Map reading test
- Dictation test
- Oral Highway Code test
Stage 4 – The Paramedic Interview
The last stage of the selection process will be for the trust to invite you to attend an interview with them.
This interview is tough and you will have to prepare comprehensively to ensure you are successful and be offered the role of paramedic. There are a number of different areas which you will need to have a sound knowledge of and these are all contained within this resource.
How to Become A Paramedic: Commonly Asked Questions
To be eligible to join the ambulance service as a paramedic, you will have to either undertake and achieve a degree in paramedic science or join with an apprenticeship degree. Once qualified you can then apply for qualified paramedic roles with the ambulance service. An undergraduate paramedic science degree can be expected to be completed between 3 to 4 years and is available from a number of different universities. The entry requirements to be eligible to undertake a paramedic science degree requires you have a number of qualifications such as two to three A levels which must include a science and at least 5 GCSE’s. If you have equivalent qualifications such as a HND, BTEC or HNC including science or a related NVQ.
Some UK ambulance services do offer apprenticeships but you must have at least 5 GCSEs Grade C or above which must include Maths, English and Science. Once qualified you will also need a full driver’s license which includes manual and have been held for at least two years.
It is possible to apply directly to an ambulance service as a Student Paramedic. With this route you will then train as you work. This will be mixture of theory and practical placements with the ambulance service. The entry requirements for this route, will require you have five GCSEs which must include Maths, English and Science. You would also need a good level of fitness and hold a clean manual driving license. It is worth noting that student paramedic opportunities are scarcely available as the NHS trust will only recruit student once a year at the most. Some, every two years.
When you first qualify as a paramedic and have secured your first paramedic role you will be placed on a starting salary of £26,00 which is Band 5 of the NHS Trust pay-scale. There will be opportunities to increase your salary if you undertake further training in specialist areas such as trauma and critical care. The average annual salary for paramedics in the UK stands currently at around £27,000.
Qualifying as a paramedic can take between 2-4 years. There are a number of different routes you can take to qualify, but the courses themselves will all include a mixture of theory and practical placements within ambulance services and other healthcare environments. Each organisation will have different entry requirements so you will need to check in advance that you meet the entry requirements.
Paramedics will be called in emergency situations where there is danger to life or injury. They usually form part a 2-person crew which include an ambulance technician. They are responsible for assessing patients and if required providing any emergency treatment. Other typical duties can include:
- Driving emergency vehicles;
- Provide hospital personnel with information regarding the patient’s condition and what treatment they have administered;
- Dressing of injuries including lacerations, breaks etc;
- Respond to emergency calls;
- Making quick and accurate diagnosis of a patient’s condition;
- Administer medication pain relief as required by the patient;
- Competent in the use of specialist equipment such as ventilators and defibrillators.
The Paramedic Interview
You can expect that the paramedic interview will assess all of the following areas:
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
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.
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.
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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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PRACTICE ONLINE PARAMEDIC TESTS
Step-by-step information on how to pass the various paramedic tests.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
Sample answers to the most common and toughest paramedic interview questions.
Insider tips on how to answer the interview questions and advice on how you will be scored.
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How to get fit and be able to pass the fitness tests and medical test
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TOPICS AND INFORMATION INCLUDED WITHIN THIS GUIDE:
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 NHS Trust Ambulance Service.
- The different training options explained.
HOW TO PASS THE PARAMEDIC TESTS
- 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.
HOW TO KICK START YOUR PARAMEDIC 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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