You will often be the first healthcare professional to arrive on scene at emergency and non-emergency medical incidents and as a paramedic it will be your responsibility to treat and transport patients. When accompanied by a less clinically qualified colleague, such as an emergency care assistant (ECA), you will be expected to assume clinical primacy, provide clinical support and take the lead. Typically you will work alongside an ECA as a two-person ambulance crew. However, you may be required to work alone in one of our rapid response vehicles (RRVs). You will be responsible for maintaining your vehicle and equipment to the highest standard and projecting a professional image at all times.

You will provide assessment of patients and plan and implement their care and treatment. This will include handling and administering drugs and performing invasive or surgical procedures where you are appropriately trained to do so. You will make potentially life-saving decisions about patient care such as, which destination or alternative service is most appropriate or what pre-hospital treatment is required.

Essential requirements

    • Fully qualified and HCPC registered paramedic with degree or equivalent
    • Full driving licence including category C1/D1
    • Ability to manage in demanding situations and make sound decisions
    • Good verbal and written communication skills
    • Basic IT skills


How to become a paramedic with Yorkshire Ambulance Service.

Please note: Following a review and further improvements to our career pathway, the Emergency Care Assistant is now called an Ambulance Support Worker, and the Associate Ambulance Practitioner role is now a recognised role and no longer transitional. The three core apprenticeships that make up the pathway to paramedic remain the same.