The HSE launched a 2017 Student Paramedic Recruitment Campaign which was run in order to create a national supplementary panel for Student Paramedics.
Applications could only be made on the HSE website here. The deadline for applications was September 7th @ 3.00pm.
The Stages of the Recruitment Process (for candidates that applied before the deadline)
The recruitment process has several stages. Having successfully completed Stage 1 (the initial application, by the deadline of September 7th, 2017) successful candidates were invited to undertake a Verbal Evaluation and an Analytical Reasoning Test (in person in Dublin). *In order to sit the aptitude test, you must present your full C1 diving license beforehand.
The stages of the recruitment were as follows:
· Stage 1 – Application Form on HSE website here (deadline was September 7th, 2017)
· Stage 2 – Verbal Evaluation and Analytical Reasoning Testing (tests are taken in person in Dublin)
· Stage 3 – Eligibility Sift in line with course entry requirements and necessary licensing documentation
· Stage 4 – Structured Interview
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The HSE periodically run recruitment campaigns that allow members of the public to apply for the position of Student Paramedics within the HSE. The recruitment process comprises of an online application form, aptitude tests and structured interviews. The recruitment campaigns are open to individuals who hold a C1 driving license and have passed the Leaving Certificate including Maths and a Science subject. For the full list of requirements and for the application form, please visit the HSE website - click here
Candidates that are successful in the recruitment competition are placed onto a panel and the HSE uses this panel to recruit new student paramedics as the positions become available. When the panel becomes exhausted, then the HSE run another recruitment competition.
Paramedics respond to emergency calls, perform certain medical procedures and transport patients to hospital in accordance with protocols and guidelines established by physician medical directors. The biggest difference between EMTs and Paramedics is in terms of their training and their scope of practice. Put simply, paramedics undergo a longer period of training than EMTs and are therefore qualified to do a lot more.
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) is a term used to denote the entry-level standard of practitioner for employment within the ambulance service. Currently, EMTs are authorised to work on non-emergency ambulances only as the standard for emergency calls is a minimum of a two-paramedic crew. EMTs are a vital part of the voluntary and auxiliary services where a practitioner must be on board any ambulance in the process of transporting a patient to hospital.
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