Work for Us – Ops Team


All our HEMS paramedic have undergone a Postgraduate Certificate in Pre-hospital Critical Care at Warwick University, and practice at the level of a ‘critical care paramedic’.
Paramedics who wish to apply for a position as a HEMS paramedic must meet the following criteria:

  • At least five years post-registration experience, three years of which with an NHS ambulance service
  • Be currently registered to practice as a paramedic with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Genuine interest in the work of The Air Ambulance Service
  • Must be able to work in a multidisciplinary team that involves doctors, HEMS paramedics and pilots
  • Must be able to engage with external stakeholders and be able to be involved in high profile PR engagements
  • Can provide evidence of a comprehensive pre-hospital portfolio
  • Have a desire to maintain a high level of professional standards, both academically and practically
  • Be able to maintain a fitness level that is required for HEMS work
  • Must hold a valid full UK/EU Driving License
  • Having a good geographic knowledge of the local area is desirable

If you are interested in applying you can find our current vacancies here.


The majority of our doctors work two to four days per month with us on a mutually agreed basis. Full time positions are usually six to twelve month periods, and are based at our Coventry or East Midlands Airbases, working on our helicopters and rapid response vehicles. Recruitment will be advertised in BMJ and on this website.

Essential characteristics of our doctors are:

  • Full GMC registration with a licence to practice
  • Significant postgraduate experience: senior registrar (ST5+), consultant or equivalent portfolio
  • Experience in pre-hospital care, preferably with DipIMC RCSEd
  • The ability to deliver pre-hospital emergency medicine at the highest level, including pre-hospital RSI as part of our doctor/paramedic team

It is equally important that our doctors:

  • Train together with our paramedics and pilots
  • Contribute to case review meetings, balancing leadership with taking advice
  • Are fit enough to deplane from a hovering Agusta Westland 109, climb a snowy bank, then deliver advanced life support as if it were an entirely normal part of anyone’s job
  • Always think about how to improve the service we provide
  • Enjoy solving problems
  • Bring experience gained in the pre-hospital care environment back to other parts of their work
  • Try not to brag to their friends too much about having one of the best medical jobs there is!

If you are interested in applying you can find our current vacancies here.


Our Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) is held by our aviation provider Sloane Helicopters. Sloane supply the aircraft, service, fuel and pilots for our missions. Our pilots are very experienced, holding a minimum of 2,000 flying hours. This includes 500 hours on twin engine aircraft. They also require an EASA multi engine IR (Instrument Rating) on the type of aircraft we use.

It is not a post that is done on a volunteer basis, as many legalities with aviation would make this difficult. The pilots who work on HEMS and the Children’s Air Ambulance are professionals employed by Sloane. Sloane Helicopters are based at Sywell Aerodrome in Northamptonshire.

If you are still interested in applying you can find our current vacancies here.

On average our services attend around 1,800 rescue missions per year.

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