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How to enter or progress in the ambulance sector?

Would you like to enter or progress your career in the ambulance sector?

Currently, there are around 17 000 paramedic and ambulance staff employed in the UK. Though those employed in the ambulance sector work under a lot of pressure, their role is unlike any other. There are few careers as rewarding as assisting in saving lives. You may feel like helping others is your calling. Read this article for further help and guidance on what to do and which training to undertake to pursue a role in the ambulance sector or progress further in your current career.

For those wanting to enter this sector: Are you wondering whether this is the correct path for you? Are you looking for guidance on how to work in the ambulance sector? While there is no way to tell for certain if anybody is the perfect match for working in an ambulance-related role (or any role, for that matter), individuals with a caring nature, who are able to communicate well and stay level-headed in difficult situations may thrive in an ambulance environment. You can work for an NHS Trust or for a private ambulance organisation. Though there are daily jobs to complete, no day in the life of an ambulance worker is the same. If you are a person who hates being stuck in a routine, a career in the medical sector may be perfect for you. See which qualifications you can help you enter this sector below.

For those currently working in the medical or ambulance sector: Are you looking to develop your career as an ambulance worker further? Additional qualifications can open up further employment opportunities and take your career to the next level. This article will provide you with further insight and guidance.

How can ambulance courses open up career opportunities? See below.

For those currently working in the medical or ambulance sector:

Getting the correct training is intrinsic to pursuing the role you’d like to do and opening up further employment opportunities. To do this, you need to know the training you need to undertake. To do this, you need to know the training you need to undertake. Here is an overview of how our courses can help you pursue and work in different roles relating to the ambulance sector and prehospital care. Apart from training, participating in voluntary work may also help you gain relevant experience.

Here are some of the ambulance courses we offer – and further down below, we will discuss which will help you apply for different ambulance roles.

FREC 3
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Duration: 1 week
Price: £333.33 + VAT
This qualification covers the administration of emergency oxygen, management of trauma patients, major illnesses and much more. It is intended for those who first arrive at an emergency scene. Qualsafe regulates our FREC courses. There is also an opportunity to progress further after completing the 1 week FREC 3 course; see ‘Paramedic’ below.

FREC 4
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Duration: 1 Week
Price: £450 + VAT
This qualification opens up your scope of employment opportunities even further. It covers a further range of prehospital emergencies, including major incidents, fracture immobilisation and sick and injured children. It is also the second step to becoming a paramedic – read more below.

FREC 5
As this is course is coming soon to Basegreen Academy, details are to be confirmed. Enquire with us for more information.
The 5th level of FREC courses covers prehospital emergencies even further, for example acute conditions, life-threatening infections and childbirth. It’s the last step before completing a Level 6 Diploma in Paramedic practice – after which you can apply at HCPC and you are set for your Paramedic career.

Level 3 Apprenticeship in Ambulance Support Work:
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Duration: 12-18 months
This apprenticeship includes:
> Diploma in Ambulance Emergency and Urgent Care Support
> Level 3 Certificate in Ambulance Response Driving
> Care Certificate
> Safeguarding Qualifications
During this apprenticeship, you will respond to emergency, urgent and/or unscheduled care calls from the public or wider health and social care communities, or provide scheduled non-urgent transport for people with specific health needs. Most of the time, Level 3 Apprentice Ambulance Support Workers will work alongside Paramedics or other experienced members of staff, whom they will be assisting, and providing a basic level of life saving techniques to patients. They will transport patients with care, tending to their specific needs. To undertake this apprenticeship, some experience in healthcare is needed, as well as a kind and compassionate nature, and good communication skills. We provide this Apprenticeship in partnership with Apprenticeship Connect.

Level 3 Certificate in Emergency Response Driving (CERAD):
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Duration: 4 weeks
Price: £3000 + VAT
We are again one of the few providers in the country offering this course. This course will teach learners everything about driving under emergency conditions, including carrying out inspection and checks, complying with regulations, driving on motorways and dual carriageways, braking, steering and using safe systems, use the vehicle’s transmission systems and more. It is covered in the Level 3 Apprenticeship in Ambulance Support Work. The Blue Light Driving Course is regulated by FutureQuals, who are the preferred awarding body by the NHS. It is included in our Level 3 Apprenticeship in Ambulance Support Work. You still need your C1 Driving Licence – see below.

C1 Driving Licence:
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Price: £720-£847 + VAT (depending on the stage your require)
We can also provide you with all the training necessary to complete a C1 Driving Licence, which you will need in order to drive your ambulance vehicle weighing 3.5+ tonnes. Our C1 Driving Licence training lasts 4 weeks, and will help you complete your licence successfully. We will meet you at any stage of your learning journey, whether you need to complete your full course, or just need to complete your practical test.

Level 3 Award in the Safe Administration of Life Saving Medication:
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Duration: 2 Days
Price: £150 + VAT
This qualification is for those employed by a Care Quality Commission (CQC) registered organisation, who need to administer and monitor the effects of life saving medication.

Jobs in the Ambulance Sector

Now that you’ve seen the brief overview of some of the ambulance courses Basegreen Academy provides, take a look at a few job opportunities in the ambulance sector and the qualifications you need to work in these roles:

Emergency Care Assistant
Working alongside a paramedic, you will be responding to emergency calls, providing patience with life-saving care, and pre-hospital care where applicable. You will be attending cases of people suddenly needing your help. You may be transporting patients to hospital, sometimes covering great distances.
Related courses we offer: FREC 3
This course is a suggestion. View a guide from the Government on how to become an Emergency Care Assistant.

The following roles are quite alike, and are grouped together on the NHS website. If you’d like to, you can see it here.

Ambulance Care Assistant/Patient Transport Service (PTS) driver:
You will be responsible for transporting passengers in non-emergency situations, to for example attend their hospital appointments. This may involve lifting patients, settling them back home after their appointments, maintaining your ambulance vehicle and keeping in touch with the ambulance control room via a radio, as well as keeping accurate records. To be an Ambulance Care Assistant, you will need to have life-saving skills in case an emergency does occur, and always take great care in looking after your patience. You should also have driving experience, good knowledge of your local area, and experience of working with elderly or disabled individuals. You will need to have a full driving licence, pass background checks and be in good health.
Related courses we offer: FREC 3, FREC 4, FREC 5 (enquire), C1 Driving Licence, Level 3 Apprenticeship in Ambulance Support Work, Level 3 Award in the Safe Administration of Life Saving Medication
These courses are a suggestion. View a guide from the Government on how to become an Ambulance Care Assistant.

Ambulance Support Worker/Ambulance Support Worker Apprentice:
This role is undertaken after you’ve acquired some experience of working in healthcare. You will be responding to urgent and non-urgent care all from the public and health and social care, transporting patients and managing your vehicle. The description of this job role is essentially identical to that of the which is mentioned above; you will be working alongside a Paramedic or another senior member of staff, assisting them and providing patients with basic levels of life-saving care. A kind and compassionate nature and good communication skills are needed for this role. You should also be in good physical health.
Related courses: Level 3 Apprenticeship in Ambulance Support Work, Level 3 Certificate in Emergency Response Driving, C1 Driving Licence, FREC 3, FREC 4, FREC 5 (enquire)
These courses are a suggestion. View a guide from the Government on how to become an Ambulance Support Worker/Ambulance Care Assistant.

Paramedic:
You will be the first person to help anyone in an emergency situation. Though it carries great responsibility, and requires you to work under pressure, the paramedic role is extremely rewarding. You will be responding to 999 calls and getting to emergency situations as fast as possible, and quickly providing pre-hospital care to those in need, further also transporting them to hospital as necessary.
The first step to becoming a paramedic can be our 1 week FREC 3 course. After completion you can further complete FREC 4 and FREC 5 (coming to Basegreen soon – enquire with us here). The final qualification you will need is the QA Level 6 Diploma in Paramedic Practice, and then you can apply at HCPC.
Our C1 Driving Licence course and our Blue Light Driving Course (Level 3 Certificate in Emergency Response Driving) may also be of interest to you.
Related courses we offer: FREC 3, FREC 4, FREC 5 (enquire), C1 Driving Licence, Level 3 Certificate in Emergency Response Driving
These courses are a suggestion. You can view a guide from the Government on how to become a Paramedic.

These are just few of the roles which you can pursue in the ambulance/medical sector. You can view a list of careers provided by the NHS here. As you grow in experience, knowledge and skills, your employment opportunities will grow with you. If you are not yet employed in this sector, we hope this article was insightful about what to expect and which training you might consider completing. We wish you all the best in deciding whether this is the correct route for you. If you are already an ambulance worker and wish to develop your career further, we hope this article gave a good idea on the direction you might consider.

We at Basegreen Academy have many members of staff who are highly experienced and able to provide you with advice on which course to undertake and what job route to take. All of our courses at Basegreen Academy are nationally recognised and regulated. Basegreen Academy is a learning and development provider based in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. We are closely related to the Medical Transport Company UKEMS, and are able to provide you with excellent trainers with a number of years of experience.

If you’d like to be trained in the ambulance sector give us a call or fill in our enquiry form, and we will be more than happy to help you with your steps in entering or progressing in the ambulance sector successfully.

0114 212 5910