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PTS Lead Planner

Job Reference: 195-20-240-SLD

South Central Ambulance Service
195 19 PTS Contact Centre Core
£21,892 to £24,157 pa

PTS Contact Centre Lead Planner


Are you looking for a career and not just ‘another job’?  Perhaps one where you can make a real difference?

Then South Central Ambulance Service, Non-Emergency Patient Transport is the place for you!

Non-Emergency Patient Transport are currently recruiting for a Lead Planner, this role would suit you if you have demonstrable experience of supervising staff. Experience of working in a customer focused environment, awareness of equality and diversity in the working environment and the surrounding community, good geographical and logistical knowledge of the Operational area and day to day experience of using the full range of Microsoft Office applications. You will need to be available to commit to working a 7.5 hours between 0700am-2000pm Monday to Friday. Note: There may be the need to work flexibly on weekends and bank holidays when the need arises.

The role is based at our Contact Centre in Bicester near Oxford. NHS PayScale Band 4.

To be considered for this role you will be someone who has experience of Leading a team and managing staff. You are able to show compassion and care towards the patients, carers and Health Care Professionals you are providing a service to as well as your team.  You will be used to working in a target orientated environment and will thrive on working in a faced paced environment receiving a high number of varied and challenging queries per shift and are confidant in problem solving.  We are looking for an employee who can demonstrate a calm, professional and mature manner within the Contact Centre, an adaptable and articulate telephone manner, good keyboard skills, and the ability to listen to our patients and your team, have confidence in decision making and be able to work autonomously and as part of wider team. It is essential you have geographical knowledge of the area and experience of managing logistical challenges. We are looking for an individual who can demonstrate strong communication skills and the ability to work consistently whilst under pressure.

There is more information available on the attached job description and person specification. To be successful at shortlisting, you will need to CLEARLY state how you meet all of the essential criteria.

About us …..


South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) and our Non-Emergency Patient Transport Service (NEPTS) is a progressive, innovative and caring NHS Trust. Non-Emergency Patient Transport Services cover Hampshire, Sussex, Surrey and Thames Valley area and complete circa 3000 journeys per day.


We can offer you ……


  • Access to continual professional development
  • Access to apply for other educational qualifications
  • Occupational Health support
  • NHS discounts with your staff card


As a Lead Planner the shifts required are; 7.5 hours between 0700am-2000pm Monday to Friday. Note: There may be the need to work flexibly on weekends and bank holidays when the need arises. This will attract unsocial hours payments based on section 2 payments.


If you demonstrate that you have the qualities and the experience that we are looking for, then you will be shortlisted to attend an interview virtually via Microsoft Teams.


Successful candidates will be notified following interview and any offer is conditional on completing pre-employment checks; occupational health medical, DBS checks and employment referencing.

Please note that the closing date given is a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy when we have received sufficient applications, so we advise you to submit your application as early as possible to prevent disappointment. Only those candidates who clearly demonstrate how they meet the person specification will be short listed for this role.


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.

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