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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 31/03/2020.

HART Paramedic

Job Reference: 195-20-048-ARH

South Central Ambulance Service
£31,365 to £37,890 pa

** Please note you must be an HCPC Registered Paramedic, with extensive operational experience (NQP's are unable to apply) **

The Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) is a capability within the ambulance service required to provide paramedic level care to patients caught within hazardous situations and subsequently increasing their chances of survival. These situations may be large scale major incidents or they may include more routine incidents involving working at height, difficult access or in water. In addition to the extensive additional training in specialist capabilities and working within safe systems of work, HART Paramedics become proficient in the use of a wide range of specialist protective clothing and incident management equipment.

We are looking for experienced paramedics to join the South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust Hazardous Area Response Team as a HART Paramedic.

As a HART Operative you will respond to complex and possibly protracted incidents. You will deliver paramedic interventions through key HART capability areas:

  • Hazardous Materials incidents.
  • Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives (CBRNe)
  • Marauding Terrorist Attacks
  • Safe Working at Height
  • Confined Space
  • Unstable Terrain
  • Water Operations
  • Support to Security Operations

SCAS HART is based in Eastleigh, near Southampton, Hampshire and all new candidates will go through extensive formal training before deploying as part of the operational unit.

The selection day will take place on 8th April and if successful you will be invited to a subsequent interview (date to be confirmed).

Detailed information regarding the criteria required for a HART Operative is available within the Job Description and Person Specification, however, some of the essential criteria are:

  • HCPC Registered Paramedic, with extensive operational experience
  • Emergency Driving Qualification
  • Ability to communicate both verbally and in writing with people at all levels
  • Evidence of a proactive approach to own CPD and development of professional practice
  • You will be able to demonstrate competence in team working, self-discipline, communication skills, adaptability, planning skills and decision making.
  • You must have a good level of fitness be comfortable working at height and in confined spaces and be capable of swimming 100 metres as a minimum.
  • It is essential you weigh less than 115kg for operational reasons.
  • You must not suffer from lung function difficulties or breathing conditions including asthma which is inhaler dependent for treatment.

Applicants should be aware that HART is both a national and local ambulance capability. In the event of large scale incidents or exercises, staff may occasionally be required to work nationally anywhere in the UK.

Before applying you should consider whether or not HART is a role for you by visiting the National Ambulance Resilience Unit website.

For further information or an informal discussion, please contact David Findlay, SCAS HART Manager: 07803 760617, or

Please note that we reserve the right to close this vacancy when we have received sufficient numbers of applications.


We actively welcome job applications from candidates who have a disability, or who are members of the BAME, LGBT and Armed Forces community (including: Reservists, Veterans, Spouses and Cadets). Here at SCAS we are proud to have a workforce that reflects the diverse community we serve.

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We do require three years’ worth of references (with no gaps); please be sure to provide sufficient information in the referencing section of your application form. We will only contact your referees after we have offered you a job.

The benefits bits…

The starting holiday entitlement is 27 days per annum (pro rata) plus bank holidays.

USH paid in line with section 2 terms and conditions.

All employees are automatically enrolled into the NHS Pension scheme (or NEST).

We operate from a comprehensive set of policies.

We also operate regular staff surveys and our staff are encouraged to develop transferable skills and experience.

We work in partnership with our trade unions.

Applicants who have a disability or are members of the armed forces community who meet the minimum shortlisting criteria for their post of interest will be invited for an interview.

As an employer of choice, we value the wellbeing of our staff and have support networks in place to offer assistance as required.

South Central Ambulance Service has a Freedom to Speak Up Guardian and a Freedom to Speak Up Policy (formerly known as Whistleblowing). We believe that effective speaking and listening up arrangements protect patients and improve the experience of patients and NHS workers.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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