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Anyone a paramedic?

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user1488746273 Sun 09-Apr-17 11:28:31

I have always wanted to train as a paramedic but I have 2 young anyone on here a paramedic? Would it be possible to train with young kids? My partner is good with childcare but does work part time. Also, how long are the shifts? And how many do you do a week?

Any info and tips much appreciated!!

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Ollivander84 Sun 09-Apr-17 16:21:22

I can help a little! Most shifts are 12hrs so 7am - 7pm or the other way round and it works out as 13 a month so could be a block of 5, and then two blocks of 4

Cynara Sun 09-Apr-17 16:23:05

Yes, I am. It can be done, I have lots of colleagues who trained when their children were small. It's tough but doable. Which route are you looking at taking? Direct entry to university or joining an ambulance service and doing their in house course?

Foreverhopeful22 Sun 09-Apr-17 16:24:11

Ollivan - also interested does that mean 5 nights followed by 4 days. Do you get days off at all. Could u give an example say over a 6 weeks period?

Ollivander84 Sun 09-Apr-17 16:46:20

I work in dispatch so ours are slightly different but no it would be a block of 5 as in 3 days, 2 nights then maybe 3-4 days off then a block of 4 (as in 2 days, 2 nights)
Over a month it's 13 shifts in total

Ollivander84 Sun 09-Apr-17 16:49:21

This might help

user1488746273 Sun 09-Apr-17 18:34:17

Fab thanks smile I'd need to do the uni course as they don't seem to have any direct trainee routes with the NHS here. It's good to know that other people with young children think it's manageable

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OvariesForgotHerPassword Sun 09-Apr-17 18:36:52

There's a group on Facebook called So you want to be a paramedic?, it's got lots of people who are paramedics or are applying or hoping to apply smile

Foreverhopeful22 Sun 09-Apr-17 18:43:06

Thank you so much olliv- really handy to know

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