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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 14/06/2021.

Trainee Specialist Practitioner- Paramedic

Job Reference: 195-21-117-MMC

South Central Ambulance Service
195 14 NS Reading RC
Kidlington, High Wycombe, Reading, Alton, North Harbour
£31,365 to £37,890 pa

SCAS is committed to providing high levels of patient care in a pre-hospital environment and is focused on delivering the right care at the right time to our patients.

Key to the delivery of these services will be through the expansion of specialist clinical roles, one of which is the Trainee Specialist Practitioner- Paramedic.

This exciting opportunity involves the successful completion of a 2-year training programme. The successful candidate will undertake the following:

  • 12 months - Advance Clinical Practice modules (Minor Injury/Minor Illness -Level 7).
  • 12 months – Portfolio of competencies in line with the ‘Paramedic Specialist in Primary and Urgent Care Core Capabilities Framework’.
  • Collaborative working partnerships across primary care, urgent care, multidisciplinary projects and internal collaborative roles within our Clinical Communications centres (999 and 111).
  • Emergency Care – front line operations.

(Please note the minimum time to complete the training and be eligible to move to band 7 is 2 years. The make up of the 24 months is dependent on University module dates and successful completion of these modules).

This exciting role will provide high quality, patient focused care and clinical leadership across the operational teams. This role will also involve collaborative and portfolio working opportunities, across a multitude of primary care settings, to include GP surgeries, urgent treatment centres and multidisciplinary working in projects such as Falls and Frailty. The role also includes working within our 999 clinical communications centres and 111 to give clinical advice in connection with calls directly linked to our 999 work.

The Trust is currently seeking applications from registered paramedics who have the relevant clinical experience and qualifications to apply for this development programme. Successful candidates will undertake a two-year educational programme (part-time as outlined above). This will be a blended learning experience, which will include university modules at level 7, leadership training and clinical placements alongside operational practice. Whilst this is a supported programme, candidates will be expected to undertake some study/clinical placements in their own time during this period.

The Trust is offering this development opportunity to experienced paramedics who are dynamic and highly motivated. Applicants must participate in collaborative working opportunities as required by the Trust as well as being excellent communicators with effective influencing skills.

Our Trainee Specialist Practitioners work on a roster basis (rosters vary depending on location of base station) that incorporates both frontline 999 shifts and collaborative shifts that reflect the projects in the local area. Further development opportunities such as advanced clinical practice modules at post graduate level are available to the right candidate once qualified as a Specialist Practitioner after 2 years.

The trainee specialist will be responsible for the care of the patient including assessment, diagnosis, treatment, discharge and/or referral. The specialist will be responsible for administering and supplying medicines, in line with Patient Group Directions. Applicants should be able to display sound clinical knowledge, including evidence of history taking and clinical triage in a sensitive manner, providing assessment, advice and treatment in line with clinical protocols and using professional judgement, and to show that they can work as part of a team or autonomously.

This programme will include study at Higher Education level 7, therefore, essential requirements for applicants wishing to apply for one of these development opportunities are:

  • HCPC registration with demonstrable clinical experience in the operational pre-hospital setting, including RRV working. Candidates must be a band 6 clinician and have completed their NQP preceptorship period.
  • Full manual C1 UK driving licence.
  • IHCD/ FutureQuals Level 3 Emergency Driving qualification.
  • A degree/diploma level in Paramedicine or equivalent experience.
  • Successful completion of two Level 6 modules.

If you are an internal candidate, at the time of application you must not be the subject of an active or pending procedure in line with the Trust’s Discipline and Conduct Policy, must be able to demonstrate a good attendance record (subject to conditions covered by the Equality Act), and MUST provide evidence that your required Statutory and Mandatory training is up to date. All internal candidates will also be required to be supported in their application by their current management team, with a completed managerial nomination form submitted before interview (form attached to the advert).

Applicants should be aware that they will be expected to be deployed anywhere in the Trust during their training period, and that they will be expected to travel to the universities or other training locations, which may not be in their allocated locality. Some of the clinical placements may be outside the SCAS area. Base stations will be allocated in line with current Specialist Practitioner vacancies, so may be different from your current base station.

During the development period, trainees will be working and studying with registrants from other clinical disciplines.

Shortlisted candidates will be required to attend a panel interview and to undertake a clinical assessment/presentation, manual handling assessment and driving assessment, as well as to provide evidence of their CPD portfolio.

If you are allocated to High Wycombe, you will be eligible for £1,000 upon joining and £1,000 if you stay at this station for 12 months post training (i.e. when you have finished in training and 3rd manning). Please note that these sums are subject to the usual deductions of tax and NI. We can also offer you up to £1,500 relocation expenses (only upon receipts). These incentives don’t apply to internal applicants already working in the NE node.

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.

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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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