Paramedic

What do you do for a living?

Paramedic. I currently work within the education and training deaprtment.

How did you get interested in what you do?

I completed my degree and wanted to go into healthcare, the ambulance service were advertising so i decided to apply and was lucky enough to be accepted.

What was your journey to reach the role you are in today?

I completed a BA (hons) applied social science before joining the ambulance service. I then completed an IHCD technician and paramedic course - these are both courses run internally by ambulance services. I then continued to complete a community practitioner course with the university of derby. Since moving into education i have completed a Post Graduate certficate in professional and higher education with the Queen Margaret University. I am due to start an MSc in September. I have completed many CPD type courses, ALS, PHPLS, PHECC, ITLS (instructor), PHTLS,SMHFA (instructor), dementia champion, silver commander.

Talk us through a day in your life

As a Paramedic, you resond to calls as dispatched by ambulance control, these can range from emergency, urgent or transfers. My current role within education i manage a team of practice placement educators and we look after all the students within scotland, arranging all their placements, visiting them on a regular basis, and supporting them until they achieve the required standard to qualify in their job role.

Was this your planned career when you were 18?

I wanted to be a vet when i was at school but wasn't clever enough! Police force was my second career choice.

What did your parents want you to do?

My parents weren't keen on me joining the police, however they didn't have any other career advice.

What advice would you give to someone interested in your career?

It's not like casualty or any other TV show around the ambulance service! It can be very demanding both physically and mentally but also very rewarding.

What other career directions could you go in?

Managerial roles, special ops. response team, clinical advisers, critical care (helimed), education,