Ambulance / Paramedic Driver Training, Course and Lessons
TRUK are proud to be the official, preferred training provided for both the North West Ambulance Service and the Yorkshire Ambulance Service.
We offer fully managed, fast track ambulance driver training courses for private individuals, medical students looking to become an ambulance driver, paramedic or any NHS patient transport role.
Becoming an ambulance driver
Being a paramedic is one of the most pressurised, yet rewarding jobs around. Because of the responsibility involved in being an ambulance driver, medical or non-medical, there are certain skills and qualifications you need to have.
- a full UK drivers licence
- a graduate level education
- specialised training for the type of field you're aiming to specialise in
- a Cat C1 ambulance driving licence
- emergency response blue light training
Ambulance / Paramedic Driving Licence
TRUK Driver Training offers both ambulance and paramedic driver LGV C1 and PCV D1 driving courses depending on the type of vehicle you are looking to driver.
The Cat C1 ambulance driving licence allows its holder to drive any vehicle weighing up to 7.5 tonnes. This includes small lorries, trucks, and of course, ambulances. Without the Cat C1 licence, it's impossible to become an ambulance driver. The method of driving a bigger vehicle differs slightly from that of a smaller one, and given the speeds each ambulance travels at, developing the skill of driving an ambulance inevitably needs to be obtained.
A Cat C1 licence can be gotten relatively quickly, and for a price that doesn't break the bank. Extensive training courses are usually the best way to obtain the licence, then, once you have the ability to drive competently you can take your full test. Tests are easier than normal driving tests, as much of the art of driving is already learnt.
Upon passing, you'll receive your new upgraded licence, which will give you the option of developing your future career as a paramedic further.
The Cat C1 licence is the starting point to completing the non-medical side of becoming a paramedic. While in medical training, and after receiving the licence, the final part of receiving the right qualifications can happen, which is the accumulation of emergency response blue light training.
Ambulance / Paramedic Cat C1 Licence
This licence will allow you to drive a standard ambulance with a weight between 3.5 tonnes 3,500kg and 7.5 tonnes, 7,500kg.
Patient Services Cat D1 Licence
The Cat D1 licence allows you to drive a vehicle with 8 passenger seats or more such a minibus and is the preferred category for anyone looking to transport patients to and from hospitals such as the NHS Patient Transport Services.
TRUK Category C1 Ambulance Type Vehicles
We offer 7.5 tonne Mercedes Benz ambulance training vehicles for our Cat C1 driving course. These latest model vehicles are fitted with ABS brakes, air bags, Adaptive Electronic Stability Program and the very latest rear view camera technology which makes reversing easy.
TRUK Category D1 Minibus Vehicles
For our Cat D1 driving course we offer a modern 16 seat Mercedes Benz Traveliner.
Ambulance / Paramedic Driver Training Course
Your driving course will be split into two sections - A Theory Test and practical on road driving. The Theory test is a two part test comprising of multiple choice question and hazard perception. You are required to pass both and further to this you will proceed onto the practical part of the course.
We offer an excellent online Theory Test training resource on our website for you to use.
Our professional instructors will teach you all apsects of vehicle safety and then take you out onto the road where you can practice driving and test routes.
Ambulance / Paramedic Driving Test
Your driving test will be booked ready for when you have completed your training. You will use the same vehicle you have trained in to take your test. The test itself takes about an hour and you will be marked on safety, reversing and driving.
On successfull completion of your test you will be awarded your new licence category.
The benefits of becoming an Ambulance / Paramedic Driver
As with anything in the medical field, job satisfaction ranks as the most enjoyed benefit. The knowledge that there are people alive and well out there because of you doing your job is one of the most rewarding things about being an ambulance driver or a paramedic.
Job stability is another plus if you're considering becoming a paramedic, as there will never be a time when they aren't useful or required.
More benefits of becoming an ambulance driver are as follows:
- a minimum of 27 days each year of annual holiday
- access to specialist NHS therapist and counseling services
- complimentary child care
- personal and professional development training schemes
- access to an NHS pension scheme
Paramedics are one of the most respected professionals around, and the ability to remain calm under pressure and do their best to save the lives of their patients.
Jobs for paramedics
Because of the NHS set-up, getting a job as a paramedic is virtually a formality as long as the right training and certifications are obtained. Upon completion of certain medical programs, a student will then advance to a further program, until eventually reaching their goal to work in the ambulances.
In many cases, training, licence fees and course fees are subsidised by local authorities, so it's worth considering what kind of allowances you can get on your journey through your education.
Jobs in the NHS aren’t massively competitive. They aren’t terribly hard to get, either, as long as you have the right to work in the UK and the appropriate skills. A whole website has been dedicated to those who wish to work within the NHS. Because of the need for paramedics 24/7, 365 days a year, the likelihood of you working in an ambulance after your education finishes and you obtain your licence and training is extremely high.
Work also exists in virtually every part of the country. Because no place in the UK can be without paramedics, the job offers the chance to travel, and work or relocate to virtually every town or city on the map.
Ambulance Driver / Paramedic Hours and pay
Most ambulance drivers work an average of 37.5 hours a week, and receive a starting salary of £21,388 per year. Like most careers, as time served and experience increase, so does pay.
After a year or two, wages can increase to up to £27,901 per year, with the total salary paid depending on location. A senior paramedic can earn up to £34,500. Also known as an emergency care practitioner, these individuals are one of the highest ranked paramedics currently in service.
Working shifts or staying on stand-by can also be a reason for an increase in total salary.
Ambulance work can also be done part-time, meaning raising a family or continuing with education can be done as well as developing your rewarding career.
The average number of jobs available in the paramedic field looks set to grow by 9% over the next few years, making it an attractive job option to those currently in medical school or looking to begin med school.
Cat C1 / D1 Ambulance / Paramedic Driving Course Enquiries and Bookings
For further information or to book a course please complete our contact form or call Truck Services Ltd on 01204 523235