We are pleased to be working on a collection of stories to celebrate paramedics in the United Kingdom, and everything that the profession is.

We think stories about the profession should come from the profession – and that starts with you.

What are we looking for? 

We are looking for real-life stories which give a reflection on your role as a paramedic. Wherever you may practise, whatever you may encounter in that work, you are in the midst of a great story. We learn through our stories. Whether they are sentences, short stories, even poems, we dare you to be personal. Dare you to be vulnerable. We are looking for the jubilant, the harrowing, and the humorous stories shared between colleagues, in crew rooms, and with friends across the country. We want to invite you to be part of the first anthology of stories that capture the reality of what it is to be a paramedic, providing the public with a moving and honest insight into one of the most demanding, and rewarding, roles within the UK.

Do you have a story to tell?

Please use the below form to submit your story. Upon submitting the below form, your entry will be reviewed by the clinical editor. Please ensure you provide us with all relevant contact information to allow us to contact you.

If you would like to retain anonymity, please enter ‘anonymous’ into the field. Your personal details will be used for delivery purposes only and will not be used for any marketing purposes.

For full terms and conditions click HERE.

Frequently Asked Questions

We are looking for real-life stories which give a reflection on your role as a paramedic. Wherever you may practise, whatever you may encounter in that work, you are in the midst of a great story. We learn through our stories. Whether they are sentences, short stories, even poems, we dare you to be personal. Dare you to be vulnerable. We are looking for the jubilant, the harrowing, and the humorous stories shared between colleagues, in crew rooms, and with friends across the country. We want to invite you to be part of the first anthology of stories that capture the reality of what it is to be a paramedic, providing the public with a moving and honest insight into one of the most demanding, and rewarding, roles within the UK 

Absolutely! This book will provide a collection of stories outlining the broad role that paramedics undertake in a range of clinical practice settings, research, education, and leadership roles. By outlining the range of settings paramedics may work within, we aim to provide an insight for the public into one of the most respected professions in the country.  

This is an anthology that celebrates the paramedic profession. If you are not a paramedic but wish to share your story of working alongside paramedics, we’d love to hear from you too. We know that the best stories are often based on truth and real-life experiences, and so if you have a story to tell we want to hear it!  

This book will celebrate paramedics within every nation in the United Kingdom. Whether you’re a paramedic in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland or working on the Isles of Scilly (and anywhere in between!)  we would love to hear from you. We’d also like to include stories from paramedics working on the neighbouring Channels Islands and the Isle of Man.  

We are delighted to confirm that on publication, a percentage of the profits will go to The Ambulance Staff Charity (see details below). TASC is the only UK charity that supports the mental, physical, and financial wellbeing of the people in the UK’s ambulance services. With many paramedics having worked in ambulance services, this is a fitting tribute for a charity who continues to do much to support our profession. 

Please submit your entry by using the below Submission Form.

If you have any questions or queries, drop us an email at: 

sirensandstories@collegeofparamedics.co.uk 

Your name can be attributed to the story, or you can submit anonymously using the link above. Either way, you can change your mind anytime until 31st October 2023.  

Just email sirensandstories@collegeofparamedics.co.uk 

Every story will be reviewed by a clinical editor, ensuring that contributions are written in a plain language that is accessible to readers and assuring patient anonymity. However, effort will be made to ensure the ‘voices’ of individual storytellers will be maintained.   

Want to tell your story, but not sure where to start? Here’s some advice from Bobette Buster*, a story consultant: 

  • Timing may be recent, or years ago. Your story may be based on one encounter, or a culmination of several encounters. Regardless, give the story a beginning, a middle and an end. 
  • Start by writing your story as if you were telling your story to a friend.  
  • Set the context: Describe the place, the time, the weather – whatever gives detail to your story. But do not give patient identifying information.  
  • Unless it is intrinsic within your story, don’t justify, explain, or defend choices made within your story. This isn’t a reflection, or a coroner’s statement. It’s your story.  
  • Choose the strongest of your five senses in your story and use it to a evoke one sense memory specific to your story. Help the audience to feel like they were there. 
  • Be vulnerable. Dare to share the emotion of your story. Share your anger, share your doubt, share your confusion, share your sorrow, share your joy. Show your humanity, and bring the reader in. 
  • Let the story build to its natural, maybe emotional, climax. Then end it. Leave the reader wanting more.  
  • Bring yourself. This is your story.  

*For more advice and inspiration, How to tell your story so the world listens is an excellent book. 

TASC is dedicated to caring for those who care for us. The national charity provides current and former ambulance staff, their close family members, UK ambulance service volunteers and paramedic science student with access to mental health support, physical rehabilitation and financial guidance services when they are in need. For more information, visit: www.theasc.org.uk 

TASC is a charity and relies on donations and support to continue providing its services to the ambulance community when they’re in need.  

Please help us continue supporting them by making a donation at: www.theasc.org.uk/donate or fundraising for TASC by visiting: www.theasc.org.uk/fundraising  

Alternatively, you can donate to £3 to TASC by texting AMBULANCE to 70085.  

Registered Charity Number: 1163538 / SC046384 

www.theasc.org.uk 

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Media contact 

Emilly Fallen, Communications and Marketing Manager 

T: 07799 731 156          E: emillyfallen@theasc.org.uk 

We are delighted to confirm that on publication, a percentage of the sale will go to The Ambulance Staff Charity. TASC is the only UK charity that supports the mental, physical, and financial wellbeing of the people in the UK’s ambulance services. With many paramedics having worked in ambulance services, this is a fitting tribute for a charity who continues to do much to support our profession.

Submission Form