Scott Devenish
International Paramedic Practice, Vol. 5, Iss. 3, 22 Dec 2015, pp 61 - 67

With United Kingdom (UK) Ambulance National Health Service (NHS) Trusts and
Foundation Trusts actively recruiting Australian paramedic graduates, this article seeks
to stimulate discussion by identifying differences existing between the two ambulance
systems, as well as highlighting potential challenges that Australian graduates may
face when transitioning to the UK ambulance service. It also identifies similarities
between Australian and UK ambulance systems, which may assist new graduates
to overcome the transition shock. This article suggests that transition shock is not
solely related to Australian graduates moving to the UK, and may well be present for
graduates moving to comparable international ambulance services in Canada, the
Middle East, Ireland and South Africa.

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