US Paramedic to United Kingdom

RHEMT406

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Hello all!

There have been many posts about this topic, but I would like some current information.

Here's the story: I am an EMT in the United States at the moment. I am pondering my possibilities at the moment. The most ideal path to follow is obtaining my paramedic certs in the US, working here for a few years, and considering employment in the UK.

The other path is obtaining a visa to work in the UK as an emergency care assistant and becoming a paramedic in the UK.

I am really just inquiring as to how possible either option is, and in your opinion, which would be the more logical option. Thank you for your help!
 

irishboxer384

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You won't get a visa to work in the UK as an emergency care assistant, and to be registered with the HPC you need to show an extensive portfolio of evidence to show you are up to their standards. They are a very strict and picky people! Best way would be to have a degree AND a wealth of medical experience. It can be done, nothing is impossible...but you're at least 3-4 years off so who knows what will happen between now and then with the UK ambulance services and in particular LAS, who are advertising for foreign medics to supplement the national requirement.
 

MkVity

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Hello all!

There have been many posts about this topic, but I would like some current information.

Here's the story: I am an EMT in the United States at the moment. I am pondering my possibilities at the moment. The most ideal path to follow is obtaining my paramedic certs in the US, working here for a few years, and considering employment in the UK.

The other path is obtaining a visa to work in the UK as an emergency care assistant and becoming a paramedic in the UK.

I am really just inquiring as to how possible either option is, and in your opinion, which would be the more logical option. Thank you for your help!
Hi there I dont think hitting over here would be that good a move for you. Anybody I have know that made the move relocated back to the US pretty quick. These links might help you more and guide you in how it works here though. Hope its some help in a positive format. You would be able to get a Visa quite easily to in the UK they a re short on staffing here.
nhscareers.nhs.uk/explore-by-career/ambulance-service-team/careers-in-the-ambulance-service/paramedic/
nhscareers.nhs.uk/explore-by-career/allied-health-professions/careers-in-the-allied-health-professions/paramedic/entry-and-training/

As I don't have 5 posts cant put full links but put www. at beginning of each link and they'll take you through. Hope thats Ok mods :)

:)
 

Emergency Metaphysics

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Anybody I have know that made the move relocated back to the US pretty quick.
Hey there: may I ask what some of their reasons were for moving back to the States? I've heard there's a HIGH demand on the ambulance service in places like London. But what were some of the other reasons they gave you for why they moved back?

Cheers,
M.
 

MkVity

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Hey there: may I ask what some of their reasons were for moving back to the States? I've heard there's a HIGH demand on the ambulance service in places like London. But what were some of the other reasons they gave you for why they moved back?

Cheers,
M.
I can pm you as its close to the heart. Quite sad and political also for a service thats supposed to be there for when someone is in need.
 

Emergency Metaphysics

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I can pm you as its close to the heart. Quite sad and political also for a service thats supposed to be there for when someone is in need.
Sure, go ahead and p.m. me. I'm looking down the road to the end of paramedic school and thinking of overseas options as an emt (which are rare) and also as a paramedic. The London area has been near the top of my list of places to consider, but I've also heard that it's ungodly cruel to it's personnel.
 

MkVity

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Sure, go ahead and p.m. me. I'm looking down the road to the end of paramedic school and thinking of overseas options as an emt (which are rare) and also as a paramedic. The London area has been near the top of my list of places to consider, but I've also heard that it's ungodly cruel to it's personnel.
^^
I cant PM your profile.
 

fm_emt

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This is something I was curious about as well, but I'm sure that it requires more experience than I have. Hmm...
 

jaysonsd

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I did just finished the application. I wasn't expecting much, its a revolving application for overseas. Just a brief reply saying I wasn't shortlisted. I am not HPC registered, no visa, plenty of experience and time in the field. I'll message them to see what I missed, but I'm not expecting much. Its kinda amusing to read articles about the lengths NHS is going to pull overseas paramedics (one I saw in Jan was going so far as Poland), but I haven't heard any US making it.
 

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I did just finished the application. I wasn't expecting much, its a revolving application for overseas. Just a brief reply saying I wasn't shortlisted. I am not HPC registered, no visa, plenty of experience and time in the field. I'll message them to see what I missed, but I'm not expecting much. Its kinda amusing to read articles about the lengths NHS is going to pull overseas paramedics (one I saw in Jan was going so far as Poland), but I haven't heard any US making it.
Paramedic is a four-year Bachelor of Science degree in the UK. So if you don't hold a B.Sc. or a B.H.Sc. along with your EMT-P, you don't meet their requirements.

http://www.herts.ac.uk/courses/bsc-hons-paramedic-science
 

SPGMED

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Whats the latest on this program? Are they still taking US medics or did they slow down hiring?
 

irishboxer384

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I did just finished the application. I wasn't expecting much, its a revolving application for overseas. Just a brief reply saying I wasn't shortlisted. I am not HPC registered, no visa, plenty of experience and time in the field. I'll message them to see what I missed, but I'm not expecting much. Its kinda amusing to read articles about the lengths NHS is going to pull overseas paramedics (one I saw in Jan was going so far as Poland), but I haven't heard any US making it.
1- a paramedic qual in poland is a 3 year degree
2- poland is a few hours flight from the uk

'going so far as poland'- their education requirements are more stringent than the US, and it is also part of europe (usa is not part of the european union...so not really a big surprise then
 

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Paramedic is a four-year Bachelor of Science degree in the UK. So if you don't hold a B.Sc. or a B.H.Sc. along with your EMT-P, you don't meet their requirements.
Incorrect. A degree is not required to register with the HCPC. Additionally, UK BSc degrees are typically 3 years in duration, not 4.
 

SandpitMedic

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There was a company that was trying to get US medics to go over there in a pinch. They were offering a good compensation package and you had to do a 4 week transition course to meet hcpc requirements.

Had 2 interviews and was "in queue" but haven't heard anything in weeks.

I'm 6 credits away from my degree and can't wait to achieve it to put down on my resume.
 

jaysonsd

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There was a company that was trying to get US medics to go over there in a pinch. They were offering a good compensation package and you had to do a 4 week transition course to meet hcpc requirements.

Had 2 interviews and was "in queue" but haven't heard anything in weeks.

I'm 6 credits away from my degree and can't wait to achieve it to put down on my resume.
Do you remember the company?
 

SandpitMedic

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It was LAS.

I have no other details about why/who/what, only that the project seemed to have stalled.
Or I just wasn't selected.
 
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