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

Specialist Practitioner- Paramedic

Job Reference: 195-21-118-MMC

South Central Ambulance Service
195 14 NS Reading RC
Kidlington, High Wycombe, Reading, Alton, North Harbour
£38,890 to £44,503 pa

South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS) covers the counties of Hampshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, an area of c. 4,600 sq. miles with a resident population of approximately four million. SCAS continues to be a leader in innovative health care delivery focused on delivering the right care at the right time to our patients. We are committed to delivering high levels of expert, pre-hospital healthcare and lead the way with urgent care service delivery.

Key to the delivery of these services will be through the expansion of specialist clinical roles, one of which is the Qualified Specialist Practitioner– Paramedic. This role helps us to provide high quality, patient focused care and to support clinical leadership across the operational teams. We are therefore seeking applications from registered paramedics who have the relevant pre-hospital operational clinical experience and hold a Specialist Qualification or equivalent.

We are looking for qualified specialist practitioners, who are enthusiastic, dynamic and highly motivated. Applicants need to be excellent communicators with effective influencing and negotiating skills. You will be working with multi-disciplinary teams across the NHS landscape in order to ensure that appropriate care is provided for patients.

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 urgent and primary care settings, to include: GP surgeries; urgent treatment centres, walk-in centres and multidisciplinary working in projects such as Falls and Frailty. The role also includes working within our clinical communications centres and 111 to give clinical advice in connection with calls directly linked to our 999 work.

To develop and build on this innovative model, the Trust is currently seeking applications from registered paramedics who have the relevant clinical experience and qualifications.

Specialist Practitioners (Paramedics) will use their knowledge and skills to independently provide healthcare, focused to patients with minor illness or injury, long-term conditions, and other urgent care needs. As part of this role, new and exciting opportunities have arisen for rotational and collaborative working partnerships, across the wider health care system; these include urgent care, primary care and community care settings and internally within our Clinical Communications centres.

Our 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 within the local area. Further development opportunities such as independent prescribing and advanced clinical practice modules at post graduate level are available for the right candidate.

The 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/Medicines management policy.

You will be expected to demonstrate evidence of taking personal responsibility for your own professional development, clinical leadership in an operational environment and have a strong desire to support and guide colleagues in other clinical roles. 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.

The Job Description and Person Specification will provide further details. For further information or if you wish to discuss any element of this role please contact:

Penny Meadley – Specialist Practice Manager – South Central Ambulance NHSFT

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 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.

Please note this advert is part of a rolling programme of specialist training opportunities and we will endeavour to provide receive feedback upon request to assist development towards a specialist role for those who are unsuccessful in their applications.

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.

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