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Newly-Qualified Paramedic

Job Reference: 195-21-NQP-LSS

South Central Ambulance Service
High Wycombe, Wexham, Milton Keynes, Stoke Mandeville, Adderbury, Oxford, Reading or Bracknell
£24,907 to £30,615 pa


*This vacancy is for candidates who currently have the Right to Work in the UK (do not require a visa) and have studied for their Paramedic qualification in the UK*

We are looking for individuals who have completed their degree and want to work for our Trust, responding to accident, emergency and urgent care requirements of our diverse population. You will be based specifically from the following stations: High Wycombe, Wexham, Milton Keynes, Stoke Mandeville, Adderbury, Oxford, Reading or Bracknell.There is a high level of trauma cases in the North East node (Wexham and High Wycombe) due to the busy road networks (with one of the busiest road junctions in Europe) and a lot of country lanes. We could offer you a chance to develop and gain experience in a wide variety of work, along with opportunities to develop clinical decision making, as there are a number of hospital options to consider when managing your patients, including two Major Trauma Centres, as well as several cardiac and stroke centres.

The NE node is a welcoming, friendly area. With close links to London, this area could offer you what you are looking for!

Great news! If you are confirmed to be based at Wexham or High Wycombe these stations attract the following incentives:

  • You will receive £1,000 upon joining!

  • In addition to this you will also receive £1,000 if you stay at your allocated 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 for these stations (High Wycombe and Wexham only). Relocation expenses will be reimbursed in line with the Trusts relocation procedure and only upon receipts.

  • 5% High Cost Allowance (Fringe) for Wexham only.

We are also able to help you gain your C1 entitlement! We will support and fund the C1 practical for you but ask that you have your provisional C1 entitlement on your licence when you apply, and that you have completed your theory and hazard perception tests during the recruitment process.


For candidates transferring from other ambulance trusts their existing progress against the NQP consolidation of learning programme will be recognised.


We are looking for applicants that are:

  • Highly motivated.
  • Passionate about high quality patient care.
  • Professional in everything you do.
  • Compassionate and able to remain calm under pressure.
  • Emotionally and physically resilient and a good communicator.
  • Want to work in a challenging environment or situation and deal with patients and relatives with dignity and respect.

All we need you to have is:

  • A full valid UK driving licence (including Category B and Category C1 – over 3500kg with no more than 3 points. (You must have as a minimum a Provisional C1 on your licence in order for your application to be shortlisted). The Trust motor insurers would not entertain inclusion of any applicants who had had their driving licence removed following a Dangerous Driving or Drink or Drugs offence for a minimum period of 5 years from when their licence is reinstated. Each case would need to be passed to Trust brokers / insurers in order for the individual circumstances to be taken into account. Please not that if you are an internal candidate already employed by SCAS and drive for the service we will be checking your internal licence in line with SCAS driving standards and the Trusts CPP V19 driving policy. We will accept up to and including 4 internal penalty points, if you have more than these specified points your application may be withdrawn. All checks will be completed after shortlisting but prior to an assessment or interview invite.
  • A Paramedic Science degree that is recognised by the HCPC
  • Able to commit to a 7 week (full-time) training programme (paid) and on-going shift work

In return we can offer…

  • Initial 7 weeks (full-time) training including 4 weeks driver training – blue light conditions.
  • A preceptorship programme.
  • Regular clinical updates.
  • Access to continual professional development.

The finer details:

  • The 7 week training programme, whilst you’ll be paid, is not residential so you will need to be able to get to the venue and back on your own.
  • If your application demonstrates that you are what we are looking for, then you will be invited to an online interview which will be conducted via Microsoft Teams. You will also be required to undertake a Pre-Employment Lifting and Driving assessments (PELDA) that will take place from one of our Education Centres before an offer can be made. Further details will be confirmed to you following shortlisting.
  • All successful candidates who are offered a job with us will have to undertake clearance from the DBS (Disclosure and Baring Service) and our Occupational Health department.
  • Our station availability is specific - you will be asked to complete a location preference form at conditional offer stage. We will take into account your preferences on where you wish work, and best match this to our available vacancies at the time. We can’t guarantee placing you in your first preference but we will do very our best.

For more information visit our website link under the contact section or find us on YouTube – SCAS999films.

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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Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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