Emergency medical personnel in the United Kingdom include paramedics, emergency medical technicians and emergency care assistants. The title 'Paramedic' is a protected and is strictly regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council ( http://www.hcpc-uk.org/aboutregistration/protectedtitles ).
Emergency medical personnel most often work in an ambulance alongside another member of staff. Typically, an ambulance will be crewed by either a paramedic with another crew member, two technicians, or a technician with an emergency support worker. No NHS ambulance trust in the country currently offers a paramedic on every ambulance, although some trusts are moving towards this.
Most emergency medical personnel are employed by the public ambulance services of the UK. However, many are also employed by private ambulance companies or by the two voluntary aid societies (British Red Cross and St. John Ambulance). These will either provide private services like medical cover at events, or provide support to the NHS ambulance services under contract.
In the UK the title ‘paramedic’ is restricted to someone who has successfully completed a paramedicine course accredited by the Health Education Council. Health Education (England) is a body that is directly responsible to the (UK Government) Department of Health. It has recently gathered together all of the relevant information about paramedic education and training in England within its PEEP (Paramedic Evidence Based Project) report ( http://hee.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/321/2014/04/PEEP-Report.pdf ). The appendices of this report ( http://hee.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/321/2013/09/PEEP-APPENDICES.pdf ) contain full details of where paramedic education is provided.