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Working as a Paramedic in Primary and Urgent Care

13 Oct 14:00 by Kay Ghafoor

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Have you ever considered working as a Paramedic within a Primary or Urgent Care Setting?

Medic Now can provide you with additional training and support to find you new and exciting roles within the Primary Care sector!

Working in Primary Care

In recent years, General Practices and Urgent Treatment Centres have been changing. As part of the NHS Long Term Plan, Primary and Urgent Care settings are more and more likely to be made up of multidisciplinary clinical teams – rather than just GP’s and Nurses, which traditionally has been the case.

Multidisciplinary Teams bring many benefits for both patients and healthcare professionals. The more efficient coordination of patient care means that there is less time between diagnosis and treatment, which, in turn, means better patient outcomes.

There are also more educational opportunities for healthcare professionals, which also benefits patient outcomes, as well as your careers! When working in a Multidisciplinary Team, you will be able to work and collaborate with other healthcare professionals with different skillsets and experiences to yourself. This means that there is always room to learn and see things from different points of view.

Working in Primary and Urgent Care can also mean more sociable hours and further opportunities for career development

What is a typical day in Primary Care?

In a general day, you can expect to be doing any of the following:

  • Triaging patient
  • Seeing patients in clinics for minor injuries and minor illnesses
  • Completing health checks and reviews
  • Supporting the delivery of care plans
  • Regular home visits for patients with long-term conditions
  • Leading some community services
  • Empowering and educating patients to be able to look after their own health and promoting healthier lifestyles
  • Assessing, diagnosing, and referring patients

Working with patients on a long-term basis means that you will be able to get to know them and see the long-term impact your care has on their health and quality of life, which we think is pretty incredible!

How can you become a Paramedic in Primary Care?

Experience is key when working in Primary Care, and most employers will require at least some Primary Care experience in your CV.

But, if you don’t have any experience within a Primary Care setting, don’t worry! A great place to start is in an A&E department, and Medic Now can help you find A&E roles to get this process started!

You can work in Primary or Urgent Care at any level. However, it’s important to note that different employers will want different levels of clinical practice.

A good way to find out which level is needed is to look at the required duties in the job advert. Do they mention prescribing? Do they refer to specific qualifications or training? This will give you an idea of their requirements and whether you will be a good fit for the role!

Many Paramedics working in Primary or Urgent Care have found it useful to complete post-graduate courses or examinations to further the scope of their clinical practice. The College of Paramedics provides Post-Graduate Curriculum Guidance which can be downloaded here and also offer a Diploma in Primary and Urgent Care examination.

Medic Now are happy to provide additional training which will help prepare you for working in Primary Care settings. This training includes:

  • Catheterisation
  • Understanding Wound Healing and Dressings
  • Suturing
  • Introduction into Telephone Triage
  • Patient Assessment in Primary Care
  • Phlebotomy
  • Safeguarding Level 3 Adult F2F in the last three years
  • Safeguarding Level 3 Child F2F in the last three years

So, if you’re looking for a change, why not think about Primary Care?

If you are a Paramedic who is interested in working in a Primary or Urgent Care Setting, please contact us on 0149 457 8999 or send your CV to kay.ghafoor@medicnow.com