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Isles Of Scilly - Emergency Care Assistant (On call)

Job Reference: 202-A-21-13861

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
St Marys, Isles of Scilly
£2,764.80 pa *

*The above salary is based on working 20 shifts per month*


South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) is seeking compassionate, caring and committed individuals to provide support to our dedicated team of clinicians on the Isles of Scilly. We have exciting opportunities to work as an Emergency Care Assistant on an on-call retained basis. The role includes attending accidents and sudden illnesses; alongside the provision of routine patient transport journeys. If you’re looking to make the most of your life skills in a challenging but extremely rewarding environment and are willing to work shifts, this could be the ideal opportunity for you.

You would be expected to offer your availability to cover shifts 6 weeks in advance to the level of your contracted hours. This would be to a maximum of 20, twelve hour shifts per month. An hourly rate will be paid in line with the NHS Agenda for Change pay scales for on call workers during the hours that you are available. In addition an increased hourly rate is paid when attending incidents as dispatched by the Clinical hub. This commitment will determine your earning potential.

You will need a full, clean driving licence, and minimum of two GCSEs (or equivalent) at grades A-C including English Language or Literature, and Maths, or a Level 2 Functional Skills certificate or a Level 3 qualification in a heath care related subject.

The Role

As an Emergency Care Assistant you will attend cases of accident and sudden illness and respond to urgent, special and planned patient transfer requests . You will be required to assist a qualified clinician to support the provision of high quality and effective clinical, personal, social and holistic care to patients.

Would you be suited to this type of role?

The nature of this role often means you will be assisting the qualified clinicians in dealing with life and death situations. You need to enjoy helping people whilst understanding their needs and treating them with dignity and respect. You need to be enthusiastic, reliable, self-disciplined, flexible and able to maintain confidentiality at all times.

  • Able to stay calm in pressurised and emotional situations.
  • Able to handle sensitive situations assertively and tactfully?
  • Are you able to deal with bodily fluids?

Time commitment

Although the role is on-call you will be expected to immediately mobilise to incidents as allocated by the clinical hub without delay, therefore provision will need to be in place for any responsibilities you have during your tour of duty.

The nature of role means that we are unable to give absolute assurance that you will finish at your planned time and therefore any provision should be flexible to suit.

You will be expected to commit to duties by both day and night including weekends.

Clinical training

A bespoke clinical training course has been designed to meet the needs of those applying for this role. The successful candidate will be required to attend a 2 week virtual course, a 2 week face to face course facilitated on St Marys and complete 3 operational shifts (as a single block) on the mainland.

Driver training

The successful candidate must complete three designated driver training sessions (consisting of four full days) over the first 3 months on the mainland. There is a requirement for the candidate to hold or agree to work towards obtaining a C1 driving license category to drive Trust vehicles.

Please note as part of the assessment process your name and email address will be passed onto an external company (Driver Metrics’) to complete you’re driving SJT – Please see applicant guidance for more details regarding this assessment.

Ongoing Support

You will be supported by the team on St Marys with regular training and updates, alongside Trust mandatory and annual training supported by our Learning and Development team. You will be required to attend the mainland on at least 3 occasions in a 12 month period to work operational shifts for maintenance of competencies and knowledge.

Working at Sea

There may be occasions where you are required to support the operation of the Star of Life Ambulance Boat in transporting patients to St Marys from the off islands. Any experience or previous qualifications may be transferable. Maritime Coastguard Agency regulations apply which may require further certification and qualification.


There may be occasions whereby multiple incidents occur on the islands and you are required to work autonomously within your scope of practice, skills and knowledge to save lives, reduce anxiety, pain and suffering until further clinician support can be provided.

At South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) every team member matters, we have a culture where everyone is valued for being themselves. Our aim is to work together to promote the most inclusive environment possible, which attracts people from the widest possible range of backgrounds and experiences to enrich the work that we do together, for the benefit of all of our employees and patients and communities we serve. We offer flexible working opportunities, inclusive policies and a range of feedback mechanisms to support individual needs and to enable a positive, welcoming environment in which our people and their careers can thrive.

As the first Ambulance Trust in the Country to be registered as a NHS Foundation Trust (FT) SWAST offers consistent high-quality, locally responsive and trusted care to the residents and the transient population of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Bristol, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire.

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South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust reserve the right to close this vacancy early, should we receive sufficient applications.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the current Resident Labour Market Test which will be in place until the end of December 2020. UK Visas and Immigration requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement.

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