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Paramedic community and membership

If you are interested in getting information to school leavers age children then we do have a standard response which we email out to anyone who enquires and which contains information on how to train and what qualifications you need to become a paramedic.


If you need any further information please don’t hesitate to contact me again.


Soma Eatwell

CPD & Events Officer



The Exchange, Express Park, Bristol Road, Bridgwater, Somerset TA6 4RR

Tel: 01278 420014

Registered Charity number 1164445

Thank you for contacting the College of Paramedics.


The recommended route to become a paramedic is to complete a university qualification in Paramedic Science (or equivalent). For more information on these universities and the courses they offer, including entry requirements, please search on (the website for all universities in the UK).


To work as a paramedic in the UK, you need to be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) so it is important, before you apply for any higher education course, that you check the course is on the HCPC education providers list. A full list of approved programmes leading to eligibility for paramedic registration can be found at The HCPC Standards of Education and Training (2009) currently sets the entry level to the register at ‘equivalent to Certificate of Higher Education for Paramedics’.


Degree programmes are three years in duration and students undertake academic study in each year at the following levels:


  • 120 credits Level 4 – Certificate
  • 120 credits Level 5 – Diploma
  • 120 credits Level 6 – Degree


Paramedic Science programmes that comply with the HCPC academic entry level are:

Foundation Degree (FD or FdSc) in Paramedic Science or Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE) in Paramedic Science

These full-time programmes are generally two years duration and academically equate to Level 5. In year one students undertake academic study and vocational placements at Level 4. In year two, they continue the academic study and vocational placements at Level 5.


Bachelor of Science (BSc) or Bachelor of Science with Honours, BSc (Hons)

These full-time programmes are generally three years duration and include academic study and vocational placements at Level 4 in year one, academic study and vocational placements at Level 5 in year two, and finally academic study and vocational placements at Level 6 in year three.


A guideline to entry requirements vary according to the university so we do advise that you contact your chosen university to check their entry level requirements. Typical requirements are five GCSEs at Grade C or above, including English language or literature, mathematics and a science (single or double) or equivalent, plus either 120 points from GCE/VCE A-Levels or BTEC National qualifications.


We would also advise that it may help your application when applying to a university, if you have experienced working with the care profession either on a voluntary or employed basis.


Most universities require that you hold a full UK driving licence by the time you attend the interview stage, and it is worth knowing that some employers may request that you hold a C1 driving licence. If you have specific health or disability questions, it is worth contacting your local ambulance service to ask them directly about your employability. You can find your local ambulance service on


Becoming a Member of the College of Paramedics

Once you have been accepted onto a recognised Paramedic Science course, you will be eligible to become a Student member of the College. To view the benefits and to register to become a Student member please visit the College website On successful completion of your course and registration with the HCPC you will be able to upgrade from Student to Full membership. Again, please refer to the College website for details on both memberships.


Alternative Career within the Care Profession

Paramedic is often the first profession that people think of in the field of urgent and emergency care, but please remember there are many other careers within the care profession. To find out more about these, please see the NHS careers website or contact your local ambulance service.


For more information on how to become a paramedic and how to register to be a member of the College, please take a look at our website


We hope the above information helps you with your career path but please do contact us again if you have any specific questions.


Kind regards

Micheala Ham

Membership Administrator

Tel: 01278 420014



The Exchange, Express Park, Bristol Road, Bridgwater, Somerset TA6 4RR

Registered Charity number 1164445

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The purpose of the Seven Day Doctor iPhone app. will be to strengthen the information link which should exist between an ambulance patient, an ambulance paramedic and the hospital to which the ambulance patient is being taken by ambulance in the event of an accident or some other medical emergency. The app. can also be used to keep fully-informed and updated the patient’s own personal and professional social network.

On the occasion of an accident or of a medical emergency, a patient will be able to communicate with the emergency ambulance services and to be able to summon an ambulance as required in the same way as a person who is in need of a taxi can summon a taxi using the Uber app. A taxi which has attended a person who has summoned a taxi will transport the passenger from the pick-up point to the destination and will receive payment for doing so on arrival at the destination.

An ambulance which has been dispatched to the scene of an accident or to a medical emergency will be able to be kept fully-informed of the identity of the patient who is being attended and with as much accurate and up-to-date information about his/her medical history and healthcare status as would be required for the patient to be provided with all appropriate medical care while he/she is being taken to the hospital and on arrival at the hospital. This medical and healthcare information would be stored on an iPhone and would be available to the patient or to the paramedic who is attending the patient at the scene of the medical emergency or at the hospital to which the patient has been taken. The medical and healthcare information stored on the iPhone would also be able to be sent by text or by email or by both text and email to the iPhone from the Seven Day Doctor switchboard database where this information is being held as a 24/7 call-centre back-up service.

It will be possible to support the patient by keeping accurate and fully updated medical and healthcare information readily available on file for immediate email / text transmission by request from the patient or from the paramedic who is in attendance. An emergency doctor / paramedic who has been transported by a helicopter or land air ambulance will be able to be kept fully informed as to the medical history and the current healthcare status of a patient while he/she is being taken to the scene of an accident or medical emergency should the circumstances require his/her immediate attendance at the scene of the medical emergency before the patient can be moved on to the care of a hospital. The importance of the immediate attendance of an emergency doctor / paramedic ‘at the scene’ is not always fully appreciated by those who take an interest in the air ambulance service. The time difference between a patient receiving such professional treatment immediately and receiving it at the hospital could well be a matter of life and death to the patient or at least of a deterioration in his/her chance of a making a full recovery from the medical incident.

It will also be possible to provide to a social network group of friends, family and other ‘loved ones’ details of what has happened to the patient in as much detail as necessary for members of this group to be kept as fully informed as possible. Personally, I have appended to my own Seven Day Doctor ‘medifile’ a schedule of some thirty-five people with their contact telephone numbers and their contact email addresses. This schedule is now available on my iPhone and it can be transmitted to a third party who will be able to use it to keep all those listed as fully informed as possible as to the state of health and well-being of the patient. This schedule can also be kept on the call-centre files in order to support the patient by text in the event of a medical crisis by communicating accurate and full updated information about the patient to his / her social network.

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