Location(s): Across the North West

Salary: Band 4 – Agenda for Change Annex 21 of Band 4.

Hours: Full Time

Download: Job Description


The purpose of the Emergency Medical Technician 1 (EMT1) role is to assist in the delivery of high quality and effective pre-hospital clinical care and patient transportation on a 24 hour rota. You will respond to 999 emergencies, inter-hospital transfers and urgent hospital admissions.

Working as a crew, you will attend emergencies, initiating appropriate care and effective treatment for patients but also providing care, reassurance and support to the patient and relatives. You will need to be able to select and apply your skills, training and equipment safely and within the appropriate level of training, competency and scope of practice to achieve the best possible outcome for your patient. 

It is an extremely fulfilling job where you can make a real difference to people’s lives. It offers variety and challenge but the personal rewards are amazing. 

Training Course

Training is for 13 months. You will start with 18 weeks classroom based clinical training. Successful completion of the 13 month training programme means you will hold nationally recognised qualifications.

Entry Requirements

  • Minimum of 5 GCSEs including Mathematics, English Language and a Science at Grade 4-9 or equivalent
  • Candidates with healthcare experience and GCSEs in Mathematics and English Language at Grade C or above, or equivalent will be considered.
  • You must hold a full and valid EU Driving Licence with no more than three endorsement points (in exceptional circumstances a maximum of six points may be considered). 
  • You must hold a minimum of a C1 Category provisional entitlement on your licence. C1 driver training must be completed in your own time prior to commencing employment. This may be funded by NWAS and reclaimed through salary. 
  • Physically fit- able to undertake the manual handling of patients and equipment using appropriate support. Post holder must weigh no more than 120kg to comply with the ambulance safe seat weight limit.
  • Excellent communication and caring skills, with a willingness to work within the values of NWAS.

Recruitment process

  • Application stage
  • Short listing and invite to assessments
  • Assessments include:
    • driving assessment
    • an interview
  • Medical Clearance (including blood testing for HIV/Aids and Hepatitis)
  • References (covering a three year period)
  • Criminal Records and ISA check
  • Obtaining full C1 category before your course date
My role is extremely rewarding dealing with patients face to face, helping them and their relatives in their time of need. No two days are ever the same, in fact no two jobs are ever the same - when driving into work I never know where the day might take me and my crew mate; which is really different from any other job I have had.

As an EMT, I am trained in numerous interventions to help patients; I often do this whilst assisting the Paramedic, however occasionally I am required carry out interventions independently.

I have been an EMT1 for 6 years and have loved every minute of it. I am now in the process of working towards my Paramedic Diploma which is being funded by NWAS. This is giving me the knowledge and skills to progress my career within the trust.
— Dan, Emergency Medical Technician 1