Emergency Medical Technician
£980.00 excl. vat
Since Emergency Medical Technicians were no longer under the umbrella of IHCD, this important role has sometimes been overlooked. Indeed, there was a time when Health Boards and Trusts all but stopped using this grade of staff; instead they were sending Paramedics with Emergency Care Assistants (ECAs). Reasons given have varied, but perhaps the most obvious would seem to be a cost cutting exercise.
Over time as with all grades of staff in pre-hospital care, the role of the paramedic has grown meaning that their scope of practise has increased. This then left a gap in skill level between ECA and paramedic that needed filling. Fortunately there was no need to reinvent the wheel but return to the highly respected and efficient role of Emergency Medical Technician.
Medic 1 are proud to offer a course that equips its attendees with the knowledge and skills required to work as autonomous EMTs as well as being able to efficiently assist paramedics where additional skilled support is needed.
There are no formal entry requirements, however students must be aged 18 or over. The course is both theoretical and practical and requires students to undertake self directed online study.
Format & Duration
This course begins with four weeks on line home study which, in total, requires a minimum of 54 hours study; this may vary however, and is dependant on each individual’s learning method. Tests and assignments will vary in the amount of time required to complete, but overall allow 10 hours.
The course is broken into modules containing study units. Once all of the units in a module are completed, you will need to pass the online end of module test/assignment before moving on to the next module. Once all of the study has been completed, you will then attend classroom sessions to learn practical skills and put the theory learned into practice. These sessions will be run over five days. Each day is 10 hours long.
- The role of the EMT
- Codes of conduct
- Scope of practise
- Duty of candour
- Manual handling
- Scene assessment
- Dealing with patients
- History taking
- Secondary survey
- Overview of body systems
- Ligaments & muscles
- Head injuries
- Spinal injuries
- Mental Health
- Airway Management
- Respiration rates
- Taking a blood pressure
- Blood glucose measurement
- Spinal immobilisation
- Setting up a drip
- Working with a paramedic
We focus on airway and breathing. Look at how the respiratory system works and how to recognise and manage the patient when things go wrong, this will include:
- Oxygen therapy
- Use of diagnostic equipment
Looking at the circulatory system, how does it work, what can affect functionality. Recognition of medical and traumatic causes of failure within the system. Management of the patient, including:
- Use of diagnostic equipment
- ECG placement and basic rhythms
Looking at both minor and major injuries and their effects on the patient and how to manage them.
- Use of associated equipment
Medical conditions. How to recognise the patient's decline and manage their condition.
- Mock scenario in preparation for the final assessment scenario on Day 5
The morning will cover and review all areas of the course that students are less sure of.
Just before lunch students will undertake a multiple choice paper.
In the afternoon you will all take part in a scenario. Each student will have a 1:1 appraisal of their performance.
There will be continuous assessment throughout the course. On the last day you will take part in a simulated incident. This will be assessed by a Paramedic. To ensure that the assessment is thorough and to assist with feedback, this will be filmed. The assessor will not have been involved prior to this and will be completely impartial.
Certification lasts for three years. You will receive a Photo ID Card. This enables organisations that you may work for to check that you have qualified as an EMT via referencing your unique EMT ID on our site. In addition, you will receive an A4 cerficiatie.
Students will have access to the online portal where learning and assessments take place. The course workbook is provided in both a printed book along with a digital copy for your convenience. Throughout the online study period each student will have acecss to a mentor who can assist with any issues around the topics covered in each of the units. Your mentor will be available via online chat and telephone.
Food & Drink
During your time at our training venue, we will provide lunch and afternoon tea. Drinks will also be available throughout the day. If you have any special food requirements, please ensure that we are informed a week prior to the start day of the practical element of the course.
When I did this course and subsequent updates and re certification I thoroughly enjoyed doing the home study classroom sessions were very informative and we had a few laughs along the way .
This course has given me the confidence to progress in life to doing something I thoroughly enjoy and I am still learning all the time. It not only helps with events it helps in everyday family life if you have family members with certain medical conditions ie diabetes, copd, asthma, cardiac problems as you have a better understanding of how the body works.
II would say if you are thinking about it GO FOR IT you won’t regret it.
My thinking changed over night from being a first aider to becoming an emt..knowing that my new set of key skills learnt on course and the extra knowledge gained on the theory side..made me feel that at long last I've actually achieved something I thought was impossible to do and wouldn’t get the chance to do so.
I would recommend people to do this if planning on increasing skillsets.
Ross, County Down