Becoming a paramedic

 Balance - Nicola Harper

Working as a Paramedic for the North East Ambulance Service is a very prestigious job, and as you can imagine we get lots of enquiries from people on how they can become one.

Here you'll find the exact steps you need to follow to become a Student Paramedic with our Trust

More information about the course is available here.

Step 1

Pre-register on the NHS jobs website and ask to be sent an email alert when Student Paramedic jobs are advertised

Step 2

If you meet all the requirements for being a Student Paramedic and are selected, you may be asked to come and interview for the position, and attend an assessment dayhosted by NEAS and the University of Sunderland.

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Step 3 

If your interview is successful, you will be offered a permanent contract with the North East Ambulance Service. Your time will be split between the University of Sunderland, studying for your DipHE in Paramedic Practice, and working alongside Paramedics to assist them and gain experience out on the road. You will be hired on an NHS Agenda for Change band 5 pay grade.

Please note, you cannot be on the program if you are not employed as a student paramedic with the North East Ambulance and you cannot be employed by the North East Ambulance Service as a student paramedic if you are not studying on this program.

If it takes you longer to complete your program, the ambulance service may not be able to continue your employment.

Upon successful completion of the program

  • You will be eligible to apply to the health and care professions  council (HCPC) and register as a Paramedic
  • You will be eligible to apply for paramedic vacancies with the North East Ambulance Service.

Enrolling on the course is not just about being a student paramedic, it’s a future career and a lifestyle choice. It holds opportunities and challenges that you need be aware before you apply.

Ask yourself, are you:

  • Prepared to travel to the University of Sunderland however many days a week the course requires, including completing all course work and assessments on time?

  • Prepared to work 12 hour shifts, including night shifts?

  • Prepared to work bank holidays including Christmas Day and New Year's Day? You will be allocated holidays at times when this fits with the rota. You are able to change these holidays, but only if you can find someone to swap with.

  • Prepared to travel to stations from as far apart as Berwick to Teesside for my shifts?

  • Prepared to abstain from alcohol, drugs or other substances which could impair performance or conduct prior to coming on duty? ( all employees must be mindful of the time required for clearing alcohol, drugs and other substances from the body - alcohol is roughly 1 hour per drink/unit consumed)

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Before you apply

Stop and think. Ask yourself:

  • Have I held a full EU/UK driving license for a minimum of one year?
  • Am I patient, good under pressure? Do I like learning? Can I provide evidence of my continuing personal and professional development?
  • Can I prove I understand the role of a Paramedic, including HCPC registration (Health Professions Council registration)? Do I understand that if I don't comply with HCPC rules and regulations that they can revoke my license no longer entitling me to work as a Paramedic and I may lose my job?
  • Do I have experience working in a patient/customer service focussed environment?For example a hospital, GP surgery, retirement home, volunteering for St John's Ambulance, these are all experience we may look for in your application. First Aid training is also useful. Can I prove this experience? APL is the generic term for the accredition of prior learning, whether the result of a formal course or learning through experience.

Do you have the right qualifications?

In order to be accepted on to the student paramedic course, you will need FIVE GCSEs (preferably science based) at grades A to C and ONE of the following:

  • GCE/VCE A Level. From any combination of A levels, AS, A2, AVCE, Scottish/Irish equivalent subjects. Science and health and social care subjects preferred
  • Advanced GNVQ and/or BTEC - passes in all subjects. Health Care and Science based subjects preferred
  • Equivalent further education qualification matching an A level.
  • Equivalent of 280 UCAS points

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