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The ambulance service in some ways speaks for itself as it is extremely well known. Initially we associate the ambulance service with those that drive ambulances, take patients to hospitals and ultimately save lives. Well this is true, this makes up the majority of the roles within the ambulance service. This is unquestionably one of the most stressful yet rewarding careers there is available.
The ambulance service is more often than not the first to arrive on the scene and depending on their decisions is very often the difference between those in need surviving or not.
The ambulance service, as well as taking care of emergency response through paramedics and emergency care assistants is also responsible for all of those patients with long term or less life threatening illnesses and ailments. There are over 1,000,000 people with such conditions in the United Kingdom and these patients must receive home visits and transportation as and when required. The ambulance service all work on shifts and usually out of hospitals or surgeries which they are affiliated with.
There are many roles available within the ambulance service and the attributes required are broadly outlined below. There can be no doubt of the importance of the role the ambulance service achieves, ask anyone who has ever been in need of their assistance. Entry is competitive. The pay can be generous but like all other aspects of the emergency services it is a progression based industry with results and experience counting for reward.
Also part of the ambulance service is the Patient Transport Service (PTS) which deals with all non-emergency operations, such as patient after-care or specialist transportation of patients needing non-urgent assistance. The PTS department offers similar positions as the emergency ambulance service, such as PTS care assistants and PTS call handlers.