Community First Responder Surrey & West Sussex
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Voluntary Community First Responder (CFR) Cranleigh, SURREY & West Sussex
Do you want to make a difference in your community, learn new skills, and be part of a team of volunteers who give up their time to save lives?
South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) are offering an exciting opportunity for caring, compassionate members of the community to become a volunteer Community First Responder (CFR). On successful completion of your training, you will receive a Level 3 First Responder on Scene (FROS) qualification accredited by FutureQuals Qualification , which meets and exceeds all of the requirements of the Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work and can be used where that certificate is required
SECAmb provides services across Surrey, Sussex and Kent and employs more than 4000 staff across an area covering 3,600 square miles and a population of approximately 4.9 million; we handle in excess of 800,000 calls every year. We aspire to be a patient-centred, high-performing, efficient and clinically led organisation that provides services to meet the needs of our patients and public, today, and tomorrow.
Main duties of the job
Community First Responders have made a substantial difference to many lives and by joining us as a CFR, you would be part of a voluntary support service for SECAmb, working alongside frontline ambulance crews, often first on scene with some of our most seriously ill patients and those who have suffered a cardiac arrest, responding to often very distressing and challenging situations all within a short distance of where you live. Therefore, you will need to be:
- An Effective Communicator
- A Team Player
Through your caring disposition, demonstrate real sensitivity to the needs of others, helping to deal with and support people during some of the most difficult times in their lives
You will be providing emergency care and reassurance as required until the arrival of an ambulance. This is a highly rewarding role helping those who are sometimes at their most vulnerable. You will be given the latest up to date comprehensive training to equip you to deal with the emergencies that you respond to and will receive support from SECAmb and your local team.
We are looking for people who:
- Display kindness and compassion in all that they do.
- Have a good all-round education and level of fitness
- Want to make a positive difference to their community
- Can volunteer a minimum of 20 hours per month
- Can commit to a 2-year minimum term of volunteering
- Understand and uphold SECAmb's values (details in the attached document)
- Be at least 18 years old
- Have a valid UK full driving license held for at least one year with no more than 3 penalty points
- Have access to a B class vehicle with current tax, MOT and insurance for their use.
- Be able to attend monthly training activities within your local area and undergo annual clinical competency assessments and online statutory and mandatory training.
- Attend all 5 days training as detailed above
- Commit to a minimum term of volunteering of 2 years
Please ensure: The supporting statement is completed and your hometown is included in this section.
Training Dates 10th , 11th , 23rd , 24th and 25th February 2024
Location Banstead Make Ready Centre
Interview Date: week commencing 13th November 2023
What happens after you submit an application?
If your application is shortlisted, you will be invited to attend a formal interview. You will be expected to have some knowledge of the role and our Trust. Successful candidates will then be required to complete an enhanced DBS check, references, and an occupational health screening check. Completion of a series of online learning modules must be completed prior to the 5-day training course.
Following successful completion of the FROS training course a period of Buddying with an experienced member of your CFR team will take place, an observational shift with a frontline ambulance crew and once completion of your consolidation of practice document has been signed off by the Community Resilience Team you will be able to respond solo. This should all be completed in a maximum of 12 weeks from the end of your training.
Please ensure ALL sections within the application form are fully completed. Incomplete application forms will not beshortlisted.
The Trust is committed to equality of opportunity of all staff. We welcome applications from individuals regardless of age, any disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, The Trust aspires to reflect the diversity of our community in our workforce and guarantees an interview to candidates with disability who meet the essential criteria specified. We particularly encourage applications from black, Asian, ethnic minority, and disabled applicants andthose from other under-represented groups.
When completing the application please use your passport name and please ensure you include email addresses and contact numbers for your referees to avoid delay in the recruitment process.
Should you require an application form in an alternative format off line, please contact email@example.com stating the vacancy reference number and we will be happy to provide this.
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Due to the high volume of applications at SECAmb, we regret that we will only be able to contact those applicants who are shortlisted for interview. If you have not heard from us within 10 working days of the closing date, then please assume you have not been shortlisted for interview on this particular occasion.
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Please be aware that the trust reserves the right to close this vacancy early if sufficient applicants are received.
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