Shadowing a DoctorJuly 23, 2013
There are several different opportunities for medical graduates within the ambulance service team. When we think of an ambulance service crew, we immediately picture the medical professionals who respond to the 999 calls and appear at the scene to offer emergency assistance. However, the ambulance service is much more than that. Offering vital behind-the-scenes support are teams of professionals trained in different aspects of emergency, life-saving medical procedures as well as non-medical and legal procedures. The entry requirements and the required qualifications and skills will vary depending on the role you choose to pursue. The pay will also vary accordingly.
Emergency Service Roles
Medical professionals working in the forefront at the scene of the emergency include junior and senior paramedics and emergency care assistants. These primary emergency professionals are backed and assisted by invisible support teams who are based in the control centres. The support staff includes emergency call handlers and medical dispatchers, who handle all calls and make quick decisions as to the sort of response that the situation requires.
As part of the control or support staff, you may find that in critical situations, you will also have to talk distraught callers through lifesaving procedures or ask key questions to get crucial information as the ambulance is on its way to the scene.
Training To Be A Paramedic On An Ambulance Service Team
There are two ways that you can opt to train as a paramedic – you can choose to do a full-time approved university course or you can train on the job while working as a student paramedic with an ambulance trust.
A paramedic is essentially an experienced healthcare professional at the accident scene or at the scene of a medical emergency. As a paramedic, you will be responsible for assessing the patient’s condition and rendering essential treatment either while working on your own or with an emergency care assistant or ambulance technician – if one is available. Your training will involve how to administer oxygen as well as how to use a range of high-tech equipment including spinal and traction splints, defibrillators and intravenous drips.
Working As An Ambulance Transport Driver
Did you know that drivers who are part of any emergency ambulance service team are also trained emergency care assistants or paramedics? As an ambulance driver you will often find yourself directly involved in assessing emergency situations and having to provide emergency patient treatment. If you are a medical graduate and you like to drive, being an ambulance driver can be an interesting and challenging career opportunity.
To become an ambulance driver you will need to be a qualified emergency care assistant, ambulance technician, ambulance care assistant or paramedic.
Having the ability to think quickly on your feet and the self-confidence to make snap life and death decisions without always having somebody else to back you or support you are important aspects of this job. If you can do that, being a part of an ambulance service team can be an immensely satisfying career, whichever role you choose to opt for.
Gap Medics provides year-round hospital work experience for people aged 16 and over. Our shadowing placements offer a unique insight into the work of doctors, nurses, midwives, and dentists – helping students to focus their career aspirations before embarking upon medical training.