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How to become a paramedic

(1) Entry-level requirements

The usual requirement for the job position of a parameter it needs two to three A levels for acquiring a degree.

(2) Day-in-the-life

The responsibility of a parametric includes checking the condition of a patient and taking action to save a life. It can use a defibrillator for resuscitating the patients and carry out surgical procedures and give injections and medicines. Other responsibilities include dressing wounds and assisting doctors in delivering babies. They also work closely with fire services and police. 

(3) Career path 

One can become a paramedic by undertaking a university course, apprenticeship, trainee scheme. One can start by being an assistant on ambulance care and can apply for training schemes for being a paramedic with further experience and training.  

(4) Job opportunities

One needs to register itself as a paramedic on the Health and Care Professions Council. Job opportunities for paramedic at different degree of professional service are available on online platforms such as indeed.co.uk.

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(5) Where to find more information
Try the Careers website of the College of Paramedics.

How to become a midwife

(1) Entry-level requirements

It is five GCSEs at 9 to 4 grades (A* – C) that include science, Maths and English.

(2) Day-in-the-life

Before birth, the duties of a midwife include explaining alternative such as giving birth at home or hospital. A midwife has to check and monitor the baby’s conditions during labour and assists the doctor in baby delivery.  

(3) Career path

One can become a midwife by undertaking University degree, apprenticeship or by enrolling in any specialist course under a professional body. There can be a requirement for unpaid or paid experiences of working in a carer role. If an individual is a registered nurse, then it has qualification for conversion course to midwifery. With experience and training, a midwife can become ward manager, midwifery consultant, midwifery director or health visitor. 

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(4) Job opportunities
Job opportunities are available:
  • Online platforms and by contacting local NHS trust bodies.
  • Health Careers and Royal College of Midwives.