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Paramedic job description
To respond to critical emergency and urgent situations, deliver high quality and effective pre-hospital clinical care and patient transportation, responding to 999 emergencies, inter-hospital transfers, urgent hospital admissions and other allocated patient interventions commensurate with the role and responsibilities.
1. The assessment of clinical and personal requirements for a wide range of
medical and trauma related patient conditions, ensuring accurate recording of patient observations, interventions and therapies.
2. The care, effective treatment and safe transportation of patients between their homes / some other location and the identified treatment centres, providing the highest standards of clinical and personal care within the pre-hospital environment.
3. To respond to operational requirements, in a safe, timely and efficient way, as directed by Emergency Control Centre staff, senior clinician, scene manager or other authorised manager.
4. To ensure compliance with all guidelines, policies, procedures, protocols and Code of Conduct at all times, being personally accountable and responsible for clinical decisions made during the course of duty, ensuring patients receive the highest quality and standards of care.
5. Move and handle patients under emergency and life threatening conditions, using appropriate equipment where necessary.
6. Perform:- Basic and Advanced Life Support using resuscitation equipment and in accordance with Trust guidelines;. Administer selected drugs in accordance with the formulary..
7. To drive all types of approved ambulance service vehicles under normal and emergency (blue light) conditions, in accordance with the standards of the Trust and within road traffic law, taking particular care of the vehicle, its occupants and other road users.
8. To ensure a continuous duty of care to patients, within the level of training, scope of practice and competency of this role, ensuring an appropriate level of monitoring and treatment is maintained and continued until the patient is either discharged or transferred to the care of another healthcare professional.
9. Transfer the care of patients to appropriate health care services, ensuring all associated procedures are followed.
10. To ensure the safe transfer of patients, to and from vehicles, following health and safety and other appropriate protocols and procedures, taking account of the safety of patients, self, colleagues and others, using appropriate equipment and manual handling techniques.
11. Ensure the prompt, accurate and legible completion of all relevant documentation including the Patient Report Form (PRF), vehicle and equipment log sheets and where appropriate completion of the electronic PRF.
12. Ensure all patient identifiable records are kept confidential and stored safely within the vehicle until such time as the records can be safely filed on station as per Trust Policy.
13. To treat all patients with dignity and respect, taking appropriate account of their cultural, communication, disability and other diverse needs, ensuring compliance with equality and diversity legislation and displaying active commitment to the need to ensure equality of care outcomes for all patients. To report incidents of discrimination, harassment, abuse victimisation and behaviour in accordance with Trust policies.
14. To respond to and communicate with patients, relatives, colleagues, other health professionals, other emergency responders and members of the public in a calm, caring and professional manner, treating them with dignity and respect at all times.
15. To ensure informed consent is obtained before treatment or intervention is undertaken and to ensure that the communication of information between self, the patient and colleagues is handled, sensitively, clearly, pro-actively and in a manner mindful of patient confidentiality.
16. To maintain timely communications with the Emergency Control Centre, using appropriate information and communication equipment and procedures. To ensure that the Emergency Control Centre is aware of operational status and availability at all times.
17. Provide the Emergency Control Centre with a “First Report” on the initial assessment of specific incidents such as Road Traffic Collisions, cardiac arrest and other potentially serious incidents and provide ongoing Situational Reports (SitRep) as necessary
18. To communicate and work with other emergency services, relevant authorities, healthcare professionals and the general public in an appropriate and professional manner.
19. To ensure that all information recording systems (electronic and paper-based) pertaining to this role are completed and processed promptly an accurately, in accordance with Trust policy procedure and protocols, current legislation and Caldicott guidelines.
20. To undertake a dynamic risk assessment on arrival at the scene of an incident or to support colleagues in this duty, in accordance with Trust policy and professional guidelines, having due regard for the health and safety of self and others, and to request additional support appropriate to the circumstances through the Emergency Control Centre.
21. To use all Trust equipment, facilities and premises in a careful, safe and appropriate manner, ensuring that safety and security is maintained at all times.
22. To carry out vehicle and equipment checks at the start of duty, in accordance with Trust policy and procedures, ensuring that the vehicle is roadworthy, properly kitted, cleaned (paying particular attention to infection control) and stocked, faults or omissions reported and all appropriate recording procedures completed.
23. In accordance with Trust policies and procedures, ensure that own personal practices in infection prevention and control meet the requirements of the hygiene code and health & safety at work; this will include cleaning of ambulance vehicles and equipment, maintaining cleanliness of vehicles and equipment, own personal hygiene and promotion of good infection prevention and control standards for the protection of self, colleagues and patients from healthcare acquired infections.
24. Ensure vehicles and equipment meet agreed serviceability, ensuring that they are kept in a state of cleanliness and any defects are recorded and reported for action to be taken
25. To maintain competency to operate all equipment (clinical, non–clinical, and information systems) used during the course of duties, ensuring the efficient and effective operation of equipment, and the safe use of equipment at all times, reporting faults in the appropriate manner
26. To ensure the efficient use of medical supplies, maintaining adequate supplies throughout the shift, ensuring single use items are used according to protocols and ensuring that all clinical waste is disposed of according to Trust policy and current legislation. To practice in accordance with protocol and current legislation governing the use of medicines and prescription only medicines, in relation to the storage and security of such items both while operational and on station.
27. To report any untoward incident immediately and in accordance with Trust policy-Paramedic
28. To report any incidences of risk, neglect, abuse or endangerment to vulnerable children or adults in accordance with Trust policy.
29. To be responsible for the security of patients property during the transportation and hand-over at their destination.
30. To provide emergency clinical scene management support if crew are first on scene in the case of multiple casualties, major incidents etc, in accordance with Trust policy and procedure, until relieved by a senior clinician or manager.
31. To undertake all mandatory training and training related to the advancement of patient care commensurate with this role.
32. To maintain fitness to practice by ensuring that own professional and clinical development is sustained by; continuous professional development, evaluation of clinical and operational performance, annual KSF Appraisal review and maintaining a CPD portfolio.
33. To provide support and assistance to colleagues as appropriate to this role
34. To undertake appropriate training, as determined by the Trust, in accordance with the requirements of Statute, the IHCD, HPC and NHS Directives etc.
35. Undertake Clinical Audit and Review against national and local standards.
36. To provide mentorship, support and assistance to colleagues such as EMT1 and 2, Trainee Student Paramedics and Student Paramedics.
• Registered Paramedic with the Health Professionals Council
• Successfully completed an IHCD Paramedic Training Programme via the Higher Education route or another ambulance service
Knowledge / Experience/ Skills / Abilities -Paramedic
• Hold a valid EU Driving License (No more than 3 endorsement points. In exceptional circumstances a maximum of 6 points may be considered)
• C1 Category entitlement (although funding will be available to those who hold a provisional C1)
• Good verbal, listening and written communication skills
• Able to communicate across wide demographic boundaries in an appropriate manner
• Displays good interpersonal skills
• Demonstrate the ability and commitment to providing high quality patient care, appropriate to patient needs
• Able to operate all appropriate information systems in an efficient and effective manner relevant to this post
• Able to operate all equipment safely and in accordance with Trust policy, procedures and protocols
• Respects and applies patient confidentiality at all times
• Displays good diplomatic skills, is tactful and discreet
• Good organizational skills, is able to identify priority pathways and act effectively under pressure
• Able to produce accurate records in accordance with Trust policy
• Able to assimilate information and skills through training or personal development, and to apply these practically in the working environment
• Able to evidence a commitment to personal quality standards
To use advanced driving skills under blue light and normal traffic conditions to respond to and transport emergency and routine calls as required.
Working as a crew or solo, you will initiate appropriate care and effective treatment to patients in both hospital and pre-hospital environment, selecting and applying appropriate skills and equipment safely and within appropriate level of training, competency and scope of practice.