Bid to recruit 300 life-savers

The London Ambulance Service is looking to recruit 300 new life-savers. To help further improve the response to our patients, the extra staff will fill the role of student paramedic and will respond to 999 calls across the capital.

The position has been created as part of the Service’s plans to increase its frontline workforce by a fifth and in response to a year-on-year rise in demand. Last year the capital’s ambulance crews responded to more than 940,000 incidents, an increase of more than three per cent on the previous year.

Deputy Director of Operations Russell Smith said: “We are now busier than ever and to continue to improve the service we provide to the people of London, we are looking to take on more frontline staff.

“The student paramedic role provides a fantastic opportunity for people who want a challenging job that is different every day.

“During a single shift you could be resuscitating someone who has stopped breathing, delivering a baby, and helping an elderly person who may have suffered a fall at home.
“Successful candidates will be on the road gaining experience on the frontline after a short period of basic training and work towards becoming a fully-qualified paramedic over three years.

“They will develop a wide range of clinical and assessment skills and be able to make key decisions on what treatment patients receive—such as whether they should be treated at home, be taken to hospital, or go to a walk-in centre or minor injuries unit instead.”
The Service has 70 ambulance stations across an area of 620 miles and serves a resident population of more than seven million people.

The aim will be to recruit staff of all ages and from all backgrounds in order to make the Service’s workforce as representative of the communities it serves as possible.

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Notes to editors

  • Media interviews with current paramedics can be arranged on request on Monday 12 May.
  • The new role is being introduced as part of the Service’s long-term strategy of increasing frontline staff numbers by almost a fifth to 3,150 by 2013, by which time the Service envisages taking 200,000 fewer patients to hospital each year.
  • Successful candidates will be offered a three-year training contract, during which they will undergo a planned programme of training which will have a defined progression pathway towards qualification as a paramedic.
  • In year one, successful candidates will receive £19,416 rising to £23,548 following completion of a 20-week training course. In year two they will be paid £25,136, rising to £26,725 in the third year and £27,556 on qualification as a paramedic.
  • Applicants must have held a full driving licence for two years. Further information can be obtained from the student paramedic vacancy page, or by or calling our recruitment centre on 020 7887 6638.
  • For further information about the London Ambulance Service or this news release please contact the communications department on 020 7921 5113.