Question about applying to be one of our student paramedics

A number of people have asked questions about whether you can apply to become one of our student paramedics if you have had a criminal conviction.

Jennifer Zandbeek, who is one of the team doing the recruiting has this answer:

“Thank you for your questions. These posts are exempt under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act, therefore you must declare all criminal convictions on the application form, Criminal Declaration Convictions Form and during your interview, including “spent” convictions, driving offences. The post is subject to an Enhanced DBS check and ultimately HCPC registration may not be possible to achieve with some convictions. We would want to establish this early, if you wish to discuss confidentially with a Recruitment Advisor please call on 01902 886460. A further Enhanced DBS check will be required if you qualify, just prior to registration and on application for a Registered Paramedic post.”

For information about the position can be found on NHS Jobs at and then search for West Midlands Ambulance Service.


Written by officialwmas

West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) covers a geographical area of approximately 5,000 square miles and serves a population of 5.6 million people living in Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Coventry & Warwickshire, Staffordshire and the Birmingham & the Black Country conurbation. The Trust has a total number of 4000 members of staff and uses 864 vehicles.


  1. Hi Keira…unfortunately, I simply can’t be sure. I think there is a fair chance but I suspect it will not be until 2014. I am sorry that the timing hasn’t worked out better. All I can really suggest is that you continue to monitor the jobs page. Good luck with whatever career you decide to pursue.

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