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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 04/05/2021.

Isles Of Scilly - Emergency Care Assistant - HOLDING POOL

Job Reference: 202-A-21-13861

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
St Marys, Isles of Scilly
£19,737 pa plus unsocial enhancements*


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. 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 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

The nature of role means that we are unable to give absolute assurance that you will finish at your planned time and therefore provision will need to be in place for any responsibilities you have during your tour of duty.

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

Driver training

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.

Unsocial will be paid under Section 2 of NHS Terms and Conditions. Please see attached A4C Handbook for more details.

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.

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