Magpas Air Ambulance comes from a history of pioneering pre-hospital emergency medicine training. One way we’re committed to helping the next generation of pre-hospital emergency medicine trainees and those interested in the world of PHEM, is by offering observer shifts and elective placements for medical personnel to get first-hand experience of what it’s like to work at the forefront of critical care.

As the Magpas Air Ambulance advanced medical team is providing lifesaving treatments and procedures to the most critically ill and injured patients across the region, applicants for these shifts and placements do need to meet certain criteria. Before applying, please ensure you read the relevant standard operating procedures.

Magpas Air Ambulance Team about to lift with patient.

Application process

Observer shifts

Join our clinical team for a shift (day or night) to gain exposure and experience of working in a critical care setting.

All details of the application process are enclosed in the Observer SOP. To apply for an observer shift with Magpas Air Ambulance, please read this SOP and complete the online application form.

Advanced paramedic observer shifts

Any East of England Ambulance Service Trust employees who wish to undertake an observer shift with an advanced paramedic must apply for this through EEAST 24, via the Critical Care Observer Request form.

Elective placements

Magpas Air Ambulance offers a limited amount of elective placements to both medical and paramedic students. These placements vary between one-four weeks depending on the applicant’s course.

Due to high demand, we ask applicants who wish to apply for an elective placement to do so by October for a placement the following year.

All details of the application process are enclosed in the Elective Placement SOP. To apply for an elective placement with Magpas Air Ambulance, please read this SOP and complete the online application form.

If you’ve completed an observer shift or elective placement with Magpas Air Ambulance, we want to hear how your shift went! Please spend a couple of minutes to provide some feedback.

Richard Knight

Operations Officer

Have any questions about observer shifts or elective placements that haven't been answered in the SOPs?