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

Emergency Care Assistant

Job Reference: 195-20-ECA-CSM2

South Central Ambulance Service
Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Hampshire
£19,737 - £21,142 pa

You will need to be successful on all elements of our Assessments which expand over 2 days. This will include a Lifting assessment and Interview on one day and the Driving Assessment will take place on another. These dates will be communicated to you if you are successfully shortlisted!

Although, we are recruiting for the whole of South Central Ambulance Service which includes Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, and Berkshire, however we have limited availability within some Hampshire stations and can currently only offer successful candidates the following stations in this area –

- Basingstoke RC
- Alton RC
- Andover RC
- Whitchurch RC

Are you thinking about what you want for the future? Is it time to take control of your career and make the next step into a role where you will genuinely make a difference every time you come to work?

Emergency Care Assistants (ECA) work in a challenging but rewarding role that provides essential support to our qualified clinical practitioners in responding to Accidents, Emergencies and Urgent Care requirements of the public.

We are looking for people who can demonstrate our values of Caring – Team Work – Professionalism and Innovation in all they do, so if you have experience of remaining calm under pressure, can demonstrate your caring and compassionate nature and don’t mind working shifts, then we want to hear from you now!

We are recruiting throughout South Central Ambulance Service for Emergency Care Assistant’s, the areas that we cover are Hampshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire.

However, in the North East node (Wexham and High Wycombe) there is a high level of trauma cases due to the busy road networks (with one of the busiest road junctions in Europe) and a lot of country lanes. We could offer you a chance to develop and gain experience in a wide variety of work, along with opportunities to develop clinical decision making, as there are a number of hospital options to consider when managing your patients, including two Major Trauma Centres, as well as several cardiac and stroke centres.

The NE node is a welcoming, friendly area, and has a real family feel. There are several places of national significance in the area such as Windsor Castle, Cliveden House and The Hell Fire Caves. With close links to London, this area could offer you what you are looking for!

Driving is an essential skill for this role, so you will need a full, current, manual driving licence, with no more than 3 points and have B and C1 categories. (We will accept C1 Provisional but this MUST be on your licence at point of application and your C1 test MUST be passed at least one month before your course date). We also ask that you have a minimum of 3 GCSE’s which includes Maths, English and one other GCSE graded C or 4 or above or equivalent qualifications. Original certificates MUST be evidenced on the assessment day or during the Recruitment process. We also accept experience equivalent to this level of qualification.

You must be able to commit to the 9 week training programme which consists of a full corporate induction, clinical training which includes basic life support skills, moving and handling and assisting the Paramedic. Our training takes place at one of our Education Centres in Bicester, Otterbourne or Newbury and a 4 week driver training course including Blue Light conditions is run from our Education Centre in Newbury. (Training is non-residential, we do not provide mileage or accommodation during your training period)

Once you have successfully completed your training, you will continue on to a six months operationally monitored assessment-training programme, which is monitored locally by your Team Leader.

In return, we offer:

  • · Opportunity to apply to be a student paramedic and other career development
  • · Access to apply for other continual professional development
  • · Access to apply for other educational qualifications
  • · Occupational Health support along with an Employee Assistance Programme
  • · Access to NHS negotiated discounts

Helpful tips and useful information
If you clearly demonstrate that you meet the essential criteria then we will invite you to an assessment at Newbury. This will include a driving assessment in a larger, manual, van-sized vehicle. If you have not driven a larger vehicle before or for a while, we recommend that you practice this prior to attending to give you a better chance of showing your driving competency on the day.

Please note that if you are an internal candidate already employed by SCAS and drive for the service we will be checking your internal licence in line with SCAS driving standards and the Trusts CPP V19 driving policy. We will accept up to and including 4 internal penalty points, if you have more than these specified points your application may be withdrawn. All checks will be completed after shortlisting but prior to an assessment or interview invite.

Please read the person specification and job description carefully and make sure that all the minimum requirements are clearly noted on your application form in the correct place.

Please demonstrate how you are suitable for this role and how you meet the person specification by detailing in your supporting statement in no more than approximately 300 words.

If you have recently applied for this role with us and not been successful, we would ask that you wait at least three to six months before reapplying to ensure sufficient time to work on your feedback.

We will close the advert as soon as we reach the required number of applications – so don’t delay apply now!

Good luck and we look forward to receiving your application.

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.

Communications regarding your application will be sent via NHS Jobs to your inbox. Please look out for e-mails from us relating to your application.

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.

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