Saturday, 20th April 2019


Emergency care practitioners are senior paramedics, with a more advanced role to a paramedic. Emergency care practitioners (ECP’s) are responsible for the 1,000,000 plus people taken to hospital or treated at home every year. ECP’s will either respond to emergency calls from those in distress or help those at home suffering from long term problems.

Being able to help those at home, of which there are hundreds of thousands is an incredibly rewarding job. ECP’s are experts in caring at home and the procedures both they and the patient must go through: patient assessment, diagnostic tests and provision of the appropriate medication.

An ECP/senior paramedic undertakes a range of activities including:

  • Carrying out and interpreting diagnostic tests
  • Undertaking basic procedures in the home
  • Routine assessments of patients with long term conditions in their home
  • Prescribing a wider range of medications

Emergency care practitioners work from within GP surgeries, minor injury units and emergency departments in hospitals.