The Health Education England Paramedic (Specialist in Primary & Urgent Care) Core Capabilities Framework describes the knowledge, skills and behaviours that must be acquired, developed and demonstrated in order to safely and effectively manage patients in Primary Care.
Paramedics can support population health management through on-the-day demand and access with hear and treat telephone triage; treatment of minor ailments and injuries; and medicines supply via patient group directions. They can also undertake home visits and support the Enhanced Health in Care Homes Service.
To become a paramedic you need to complete a degree in Paramedic Science, approved by the Health and Care Professions Council or a paramedic apprenticeship. To complete a degree you may need 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent and 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C)
Career progression –
You could become a team leader, a specialist paramedic or an emergency care practitioner.
You could also move into operations management, education and training or research, or train to work in other areas of healthcare, for example nursing.
- manage urgent and unscheduled care to allow GPs to work with medical complexity
- reduce conveyance rate to hospital
Skills you need:
- knowledge of healthcare and medicine
- sensitivity and understanding
- customer service skills
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- excellent verbal communication skills
- knowledge of public safety and security
- to be flexible and open to change
- the ability to work well with others
- to be able to use a computer