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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 01/12/2020.

Ambulance Care Assistant - Oxfordshire

Job Reference: 195-20-ACA-OXF

South Central Ambulance Service
195 16 PTS TV Oxford
Oxford City. Location TBC upon confirmation of start date
£18,005 to £19,337 pa

This role is for vacancies across Oxfordshire.

This advert is subject to close early, dependent on the number of applications received.

Are you looking for a career and not just ‘another job’? Perhaps one where you can make a real difference to patients? Do you enjoy getting out and about and relish the thought of meeting our patients and driving around our local villages, towns and cities to get them to their appointments safely and punctually?

If so, working as an Ambulance Care Assistant on our Patient Transport Service could be the perfect role for you.

We want to recruit people to join our team who live and breathe our key values of Caring, Teamwork, Professionalism and Innovation.

You will spend a lot of your time lifting, as some of our patients are not able to make their own way to our vehicles.

Please refer to the attached weight equivalence poster and our YouTube video to get an idea of what it feels like to carry a 12 stone manikin up and down stairs, walking both forwards and backwards.

This is a driving role in a long wheel-base vehicle with manual transmission. You will be fully trained in safe driving practices and must be able to demonstrate that you are an experienced and competent driver, ideally with good knowledge of the local area.

You will work a mixture of shift patterns some of which will be with a colleague and others where you will work alone and you will have help and support from a number of experienced colleagues to help you get started in your role.

Although our patients attend non-emergency appointments, it’s important to remember that there will be a requirement to be flexible with shifts – you will work within a variety of start and finish times, covering 365 days year. This does mean that you will work at weekends and over bank holidays.

You must have experience of working in a customer or patient care role.

You need to show us that you are warm, welcoming and friendly and able to reassure the patients in your care.

You must hold a full manual B driving licence as a minimum, with no more than 3 penalty points.

You must be able to commit to a three week, full time training programme based at our Newbury Education and Resource Centre.

In return, we will give you:

  • All the clinical skills you need to perform this role;
  • A competitive salary of £18,005.00 plus applicable unsocial hours payments under section 2;
  • Full-time hours;
  • Automatic enrolment to the NHS Pension Scheme;
  • Starting annual leave entitlement of 27 days plus bank holidays, rising to 33 days after 10 years’ service;
  • Lots of opportunities for career development;
  • Opportunities to apply for continuing professional development and other educational qualifications;
  • Occupational Health support along with an Employee Assistance Program.

Shift patterns vary across stations, depending on the requirements of the service.

Please be advised that there is no need to duplicate your application form for any other ACA roles advertised within SCAS.

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.

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