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International Paramedics Programme

An opportunity for Newly Qualified Paramedics from Australia and New Zealand to work, earn, learn and live in England as part of the National Health Service

Health Education England (HEE), part of the UK National Health Service (NHS), is proud to run the International Paramedics Programme (IPP) for the second time. This programme offers Newly Qualified Paramedics (NQP), who have studied at a Paramedicine Board of Australia approved programme, the remarkable opportunity to live in England and work as a Paramedic at one of our NHS Ambulance Service Trusts.

The NHS has always benefitted from an internationally recruited workforce, and this includes the increasing numbers of Paramedics from Australasia who have chosen to join us in recent years. Working within the NHS provides a great opportunity to consolidate your undergraduate education, whilst developing your core Paramedic skills in a world-renowned health care system. We will support you throughout this process from the initial application stage, during your relocation and transition to UK life, and throughout the time you are employed by the NHS.  We have created a programme based on our comprehensive experience of recruiting thousands of health care professionals from overseas. This will ensure that your journey is as seamless and as stress free as possible throughout your application process and, should you be successful, your relocation to England.

To join the Programme you will need:

  • to be in final year of a Paramedicine Board of Australia approved programme and be on target to complete your course before the end of 2022
  • hold an English Language qualification (IELTS), if English is not your first language
  • have a willingness to relocate to England and join the NHS on an initial three year contract from mid-2023 onwards
  • have not been previously refused a UK Visa or told you are ineligible to receive one

In return, we will offer you:

  • a three -year contract of employment (subject to securing a UK Visa) with an NHS Ambulance Service Trust as a Paramedic, including a competitive starting salary, 27 days per year paid leave and access to the NHS Pension scheme
  • access to free universal healthcare provided by the NHS
  • a free flight to the UK, visa costs and the provision of accommodation at no cost to you, for the first three months of your time in the UK
  • a structured induction course that will cover your C1 driving test, advanced driver training and a tailored training programme that will bring you up to speed you with the local clinical procedures and protocols of the respective NHS Trust
  • a refund of the cost of your registration with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) - the governing body of UK Paramedics, once you arrive in the UK
  • enrolment onto a comprehensive two year NQP programme which ensures a structured consolidation of your education, alongside continued development/training opportunities and ongoing support to ensure your HCPC registration will be maintained throughout your employment
  • the opportunity to experience a new and exciting culture that offers the ability to travel throughout the UK and Europe
  • ongoing pastoral support for the duration of your time within the NHS

What areas of England does the Programme cover?

We are recruiting for Paramedics to come and join the NHS working in one of the following three Ambulance Services:

South East Coast Ambulance Service

Should you choose to join us, you will be supported throughout the recruitment process.

From the initial application stage and, should you be successful, during your relocation to the UK and throughout your employment with the South East Coast Ambulance Service.

Our 4,000+ workforce provide services to 4.9m people across Kent, Surrey, Sussex and North East Hampshire. We handle over 1 million calls to 999 and 1 million calls to NHS 111 every year. More information regarding our services and location can be found on our website.

The international recruitment team here at SECAmb will work with you to ensure you are fully prepared with relocating and ensure you feel supported every step of the way.

Find out more by reading our online brochure

South Central Ambulance Service

SCAS provides emergency ambulance services,  NHS 111 urgent care, and non-emergency patient transport (PTS) in the counties of Royal Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire and Oxfordshire, serving a population of over 4 million people. We also provide our PTS service to an additional population of 3 million people in the counties of Surrey and Sussex.

We serve a diverse population across rural and urban areas, with a number of cultural and historical sites, large musical and sporting events attracting large numbers of people. Along with the varied day to day activity across the villages, towns, cities and transport networks within our area.

We are excited to welcome Paramedics from Australia and New Zealand to join the team at SCAS, where patients come first and we aim to provide the right care, right time, first time. Please check out the videos below for lots of useful information about coming to work for SCAS.

To find out more about South Central Ambulance Service check out the information below.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service

Hello from all of us here at YAS, serving the wonderful region of Yorkshire and the Humber in the North of England. We’re delighted to be involved in this programme and excited about welcoming Australian Newly Qualified Paramedics into our team.

There is so much we’d like to tell you about YAS and the region we serve and as a start we’ve produced a booklet to give you a little more information.  It tells you more about the areas you could soon be working in, the amazing opportunities we offer our Paramedics at YAS and our values as an organisation. We also asked some of our Paramedics to talk a little more about their roles and why they like working here. 

For more information you can:

If you’ve never heard of Yorkshire, you’re in for a surprise. It covers an area of around 12,000 square kilometres and is incredibly diverse - large modern and busy cities, beautiful national parks, isolated moorland and amazing coastlines. It’s simply a great place to live and work. The team at Welcome to Yorkshire have produced this short film – so why not start by taking a look at the region that could soon be your new home.

Welcome to Amazing - Welcome to Yorkshire

What's next:

We intend to conduct interviews during January and February 2023.

Interested candidates will have the option of choosing a preferred region to work in England. The successful candidates must be able to relocate to England from mid-2023.

We are hosting Q&A sessions with representatives from the ambulance Trusts on Tuesday 22nd and Friday 25th November at 8-9am UK Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Please check what time this equates to in your time zone. The sessions will cover similar topics so we advise that you only need to join one of the dates. Please feel free to bring family members along so they too can hear more about the programme and ask any questions. To ensure you receive the MS Teams invitations please ensure you have completed the EOI and/or application form before Monday 14th November.

The application form can be found at this link. The closing date for submission of an application form is 3rd January 2023.

If you have any queries please contact us global.ahps@hee.nhs.uk

FAQ for Parents, Guardians and Family Members

We appreciate that while such an opportunity is exciting for interested newly qualified paramedics, naturally it will constitute a big change for the whole family unit. As such, we wish to assure you that the safety and welfare of your family member is at the forefront of our programme.

This programme has been designed with a supportive door-to-door approach in mind. We are offering a seamless transition to England and have ensured that appropriate pastoral care programmes are in place to provide ongoing help and support once they are in post.

Please find our frequently asked questions on our FAQs page.

We look forward to receiving your application and welcoming you to the National Health Service soon!