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									Ambulance Technician

          The Work

          As an ambulance technician (or emergency medical technician), you would respond to accident
          and emergency calls, as well as a range of planned and unplanned non-emergency cases. You
          would usually work in a team, providing support to a paramedic during the assessment, diagnosis
          and treatment of patients at the scene of an incident and during hospital transfers. You may use life
          saving skills as part of your day-to-day work.

          When out on an emergency call, you may have little warning of the exact circumstances you are
          about to face. Situations could range from helping someone back into bed after a fall, to a major
          traffic collision with several casualties.

          Once at the scene of an accident or emergency, your duties would include:
           q assessing the patients needs and taking a basic personal and medical history

           q carrying out a risk assessment, identifying life and non-life threatening conditions

           q interpreting observations (weight, breathlessness, fatigue, oedema/fluid retention).



          You would also decide which type of pre-hospital emergency care was most suitable and carry out
          certain treatments, for example:
            q managing airways and supporting breathing

            q controlling bleeding whilst maintaining circulation with cardio pulmonary resuscitation
            q using semi-automatic defibrillators to steady irregular heart beats

            q applying special splints and dressing wounds.



          Your duties would also include making routine checks on your vehicle and cleaning, storing and
          checking ambulance equipment. Throughout the working day you would keep in regular contact
          with the emergency dispatch centre (also known as command and control).

          Major work force review
          Following a major review, it is no longer possible to enter the ambulance service as a trainee
          ambulance technician. Many ambulance services are phasing out this role altogether, and others
          are only recruiting qualified and experienced technicians.


          Entry Requirements

          Following a major work force review, it is no longer possible to enter the ambulance service as a
          trainee ambulance technician. Many ambulance services are phasing out this role altogether, and
          others are only recruiting qualified, experienced and practising technicians.

          For existing technicians, there will be a period of transition. Available opportunities are likely to
          include:
            q pursuing work as an ambulance technician with ambulance services which are continuing to recruit

              qualified technicians
            q transferring into the role of an Emergency Care Assistant (ECA) (see the ECA job profile for

              information)
            q progressing to Paramedic, for example by applying for a student paramedic post (check the

              Ambulance Paramedic job profiles for details).

          For further advice, you can check with local ambulance services (see the NHS Choices website for
          a list of local ambulance trusts), and NHS Careers.
            q NHS Choices




          Hours

          Typical full-time hours are 37.5 a week, including nights, weekends and bank holidays. Part-time
          hours may also be available.

          You would spend much of your time out on the road. When transferring patients, your work may
          involve heavy lifting, bending and carrying.

          You would wear a uniform, including a bright jacket, protective boots and, in some services, a stab
          proof vest.

          You are likely to face some difficult situations, including emotionally distressed clients and verbal
          aggression from people under the influence of alcohol or drugs.




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Ambulance Technician

          Skills and Knowledge
            q   a genuine desire to help and care for others
            q   good spoken and written communication skills
            q   good listening skills
            q   attention to detail
            q   the ability to use computerised communication systems
            q   the ability to manage and respond to a changing workload
            q   good teamworking skills
            q   the ability to drive under emergency conditions
            q   good decision making skills
            q   the ability to remain calm under pressure
            q   an understanding of patient confidentiality
            q   an awareness of equality and diversity in the work place and surrounding community.


          Training and Development

          As a qualified technician you would be expected to attend regular training sessions to help keep
          your skills up to date. You would also be reassessed periodically.


          More Information

          NHS Careers
          PO Box 376
          Bristol
          BS99 3EY
          Tel: 0345 60 60 655
          www.nhscareers.nhs.uk

          Health Learning and Skills Advice Line
          Tel: 08000 150850
          https://nextstep.direct.gov.uk/HLAS/Pages/default.aspx

          College of Paramedics
          The Exchange
          Express Park
          Bristol Road
          Bridgewater
          TA6 4RR
          Tel: 01278 420 014
          www.collegeofparamedics.co.uk


          Opportunities

          You could find opportunities for secondment or promotion in the ambulance control room, in a
          training role or in human resources.
          Traditionally staff joining the ambulance service could work their way up with experience and
          additional training from care assistant, through ambulance technician to paramedic. However, this
          route is no longer open to new entrants. Anyone wishing to work as a paramedic will now need to
          either secure a student paramedic position with an ambulance service trust, or attend an approved
          full-time course in paramedic science at a university.
          In many ambulance services, the role of ambulance technician is being phased out, however,
          some services are continuing to recruit qualified and experienced technicians. You may find the
          following useful for technician and paramedic job vacancies: (links open in new window)

          Directgov (Jobseekers page)
          NHS Jobs
          NHS Choices (for a list of local ambulance trusts)
          College of Paramedics.

          We do not accept responsibility for the content of external sites.




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          Income

          Ambulance technicians, where they are still employed, can earn between around £18,100 and
          £22,000 a year.

          Extra allowances (known as salary uplifts) may be paid to workers in certain geographical areas,
          and to those expected to be on standby, work unsocial hours or rotational shifts.

          Figures are intended as a guideline only
          .


          Related Profiles
          Ambulance Care Assistant
          Ambulance Paramedic
          Emergency Care Assistant
          Emergency Medical Dispatcher
          Hospital Porter
          Patient Transport Service Controller




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