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Paramedics • To work as a paramedic in the NHS, you need to be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. You will be one of the first healthcare professionals to arrive at a range of emergency and non-emergency situations. You will probably be the senior member of a two-person ambulance crew, with an assistant practitioner to support you. However, you might work on your own, using a motorbike, emergency-response car or even a bicycle to reach your patients. With extra training, you could also be a member of an air ambulance crew. • When you arrive at the scene of an emergency, you will assess the patient’s condition and take potentially life-saving decisions about any treatment needed before the patient is transferred to hospital. You will then start giving the treatment, with the assistance of the assistant practitioner. In non-life-threatening situations, you'll also have to use your professional judgement to make key clinical decisions. • You will be trained to drive what is in effect a mobile emergency clinic and to resuscitate and/or stabilise patients using sophisticated techniques, equipment and drugs. You might be called out to someone who has fallen from scaffolding, for example, or an elderly person with a suspected stroke. Based at a local ambulance station or a large hospital along with other emergency crews, you will work shifts, including evenings and weekends, going out in all weathers at all hours of the night or day. You will work closely with doctors and nurses in hospital emergency departments, briefing them as you hand your patient over to their care. • As well as contact with your patients, you will also deal with patients’ relatives and members of the public, some of whom might be hysterical or aggressive. You will also often work alongside the police and fire brigade. • With further training and experience, you might take

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