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HART Paramedic Pool

Job Reference: 195-20-214-ARH

South Central Ambulance Service
Winchester and Eastleigh Resource Centre
£31,365 - £37,890 pr pa

** Please be aware this is for a HART Pool ONLY, there are currently no vacancies with the HART team and selection for the pool does NOT guarantee a full time position within HART **

The Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) is a specialist 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 for example 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.

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 and Nuclear emergencies (CBRN)
  • 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.

We are looking for experienced paramedics to join the South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust Hazardous Area Response Team recruitment pool. The pool will remain live for 6 months and in the event of a full time position subsequently becoming available within the HART unit the candidate will be recruited from the pool and progress for HART training.

It must be noted at this time that there are no vacancies within the HART unit. Selection for the pool does not guarantee a full time position within the HART unit.

The process once applied is:

  • Application shortlisting

  • HART Physical Selection Testing (including swim test)

  • HART Interview (held on separate days to the physical selection testing day)

  • Successful completion of further internal Trust requirements including occupational health screening

    The selection day will shortly be confirmed.

    Detailed information regarding the criteria required for a HART Paramedic 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.

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.

Whilst we would like to assure you that SCAS endeavours to continue with the recruitment for this position as planned, please bear in mind there may be COVID19 related Government guidelines for us to adhere to that may cause changes out of our control. These changes may mean that we must alter our training delivery in which case we would inform you of any changes to the plan as soon as we can.

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:

  • Starting holiday entitlement is 27 days per annum, pro rata, plus bank holidays;
  • USH is paid in line with section 2;
  • All employees are automatically enrolled into the NHS Pension scheme (or NEST);
  • We operate from a comprehensive set of policies;
  • We 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. 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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