Preparing and planning health safety programs and policies.
Responding to calls for medical assistance at accidents, emergencies and other related incidents, usually in an ambulance with an ambulance technician or emergency care assistant to help;
assessing the condition of patients who are injured or taken ill suddenly;
providing an immediate course of treatment en route to hospital or on scene;
applying splints to limbs, dressing wounds, administering pain relief, oxygen, drips and fluids;
using highly technical equipment, including ventilators to assist breathing and defibrillators to treat heart failure, in order to resuscitate and stabilise patients;
carrying out certain surgical procedures when necessary, such as intubation (insertion of a breathing tube);
monitoring the patient's condition;
assessing whether and how to move patients and, where appropriate, the best location to transport them to;
liaising with members of other emergency services, such as the police, fire brigade or coast guard and other ambulance services to ensure the appropriate level of response is provided;
dealing with members of the public and family members present at the scene;
driving and crewing an ambulance or other rapid response vehicle;
cleaning, decontaminating and checking vehicles and equipment to maintain a state of operational readiness;
assisting with patient care in hospitals or health care centres;
producing thorough case notes and reporting the patient's history, condition and treatment to relevant hospital staff.
Trainer/Instructor in Basic Life Support,HSE and First Aid