Start a career as an emergency Care AssistantPosted: 12th of January 2015 by
Emergency care assistants (ECA) are part of the emergency response team. They drive ambulances and other related vehicles and respond to emergency calls. Whilst on a call, emergency care assistants assist the paramedics as they work and use medical / life support equipment as well as collecting information at the scene and providing information both to people at the scene and as part of the handover of patients at the hospital.
Part of an emergency care assistant’s role is to ensure that the emergency vehicle and all medical equipment on board is in good working order.
It goes without saying that a full, clean driving licence is needed and in addition to this really good team working skills are essential as the team work together to treat patients. Also, when responding to emergencies care assistants may have to deal with people generally in a state of distress and who may be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, so a calm disposition and ability to deal with people in an agitated state is needed.
There is an intermediate apprenticeship in emergency care available. To find out more about this rewarding role visit our article of emergency care here and to find opportunities visit our health sector opportunities page.
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