[audio:SP2_MarkGlencorseInterview.mp3] (50:51) In this special episode Ron interviews UK paramedic Mark Glencorse, aka UKMedic999. He tries to ask everything you ever wanted to know about EMS – or Ambulance Service – in the UK but were afraid to ask.
How are medic’s trained? What are the levels of medic? How does medical direction work? Is ambulance service uniform through out the UK? What are transport times like? How do nurses and medics get along?
Along the way we talk about how changes in the UK system mean paramedics have to take on more responsibility. It is something we in the states need to listen to because some of the same problems that caused these changes are also at work in the US medical system.
Also Mark did some research and tells you how to become a medic in the UK for a limited time.
What made him decide to make EMS a career? Is he familiar with a fire-station/dispatch center near Throckly? As I got to visit there when I was over visiting some friends in Newcastle. – Ctroberts01
– What do you think works better in the UK system that we need in the US systems?
– What protocols/treatments were you suprised at when you visited the US, be it rudimentary, advanced, or just strange?
I have some interest in working as a paramedic outside of the United States in the future. I am thinking canada or the UK; What would that process look like?
> Ben Wolcott W – EMT-B, Registered Maine Guide
An ever pressing issue here….pay differences. Is the respect that a Paramedic gets in the UK equal to or less than that an RN gets. And by the same token, what is the pay grade difference – First Due Medic
What laws or regulations control your ability to route people away from the A&E? – Happy Medic
Timothy Clemans – With what you know now what would you have done differently as a student?