I have decided to change my life and my career.
I have worked for the UK National Health Service as a full time Paramedic in the ambulance service. This s about to change for me. I've done enough time to take early retirement (30 years in total). Still young enough (50) to begin afresh so what have I decided to do is the following...

1. Work as an offshore medic internationally
2. Bank paramedic for South East Coast Ambulance Service (NHS)
3. Bank emergency care practitioner for South Western Ambulance Service (NHS)
4. Private paramedic for Event Paramedics
5. Emergency care practitioner for out-of-hours doctors services
6. Research for Sheffield University

This blog is being created to offer you insight to the highs and lows of my first year as an independent paramedic on the global market.

Mike Bjarkoy

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Comment by Mike Bjarköy on April 29, 2010 at 9:49pm
thanks Ian, it was a scary move and so far I don't regret it. I did see an Ad in Hampshire for HART and it did peak my curiosity but decided I need to settle into offshore/remote work for a year or so before thinking of other stuff.
Comment by Patrick thomas notestine on January 11, 2010 at 3:34am
We are close to the same age. I have been working in the Middle East for more than ten years. It has provided me with some great experiences, I was even on the medical team for King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. I am an American NREMT-P, the tax free salary and ample vacation time were both a big draw for me. In the sates you may get two to four weeks vacation a year. Here I get two months paid with a flight ticket anywhere in the world I want to go.

There are several jops for medic's in the middle east, from off-shore, oil companies to the Saudi Red Crescent and goverment hospitals. Have a check on my web-site www.paramedictotheprince.com it has a link to some overseas employers. good luck and you can e-mail me through my web-site if you have any questions.
Comment by Mike Bjarköy on January 2, 2010 at 4:35pm
Hi Skip, sorry Brit speak. Bank is when you sign up with a company to do ad hoc work for them or other organisations. It's like overtime but you don't have to be full time employee with the company.
I will just do one or two days with each ambulance service.
Generally they are much better paid than regular work or overtime for some reason.
As an example as an Emergency Care practitioner with the ambulance service I get £14.00 standard rate, £21.00 on overtime and £35 on bank (hourly rate).
should have made that clearer.
Comment by Skip Kirkwood on January 2, 2010 at 1:26pm
What's a "bank paramedic"? Caring for sick money? Sounds like fun!

Congratulations on reaching retirement!
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