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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 08/08/2021.

PTS Dispatcher

Job Reference: 195-21-PTSDP-SUR

South Central Ambulance Service
195 19 PTS Contact Centre Core
Dorking, Surrey

PTS Contact Centre Dispatcher

Are you looking for a career and not just ‘another job’? Perhaps one where you can make a real difference?

Then South Central Ambulance Service, Non-Emergency Patient Transport is the place for you!

Non-Emergency Patient Transport are currently recruiting one Dispatcher for our Dorking based team, this role would suit you if you have experience of working in a customer focused environment, awareness of equality and diversity in the working environment and the surrounding community, good geographical and logistical knowledge of the operational areas and day to day experience of using the full range of Microsoft Office applications.

The role is based at our Contact Centre in Dorking, Surrey.

The role is NHS PayScale Band 3, any unsocial hours will attract unsocial hours payments based on section 2 payments.

You will need to be available to commit to working on a tumbling rota that consists of a mixture of 7.5 hour, 9.5 hour and 11.5 hours and is to cover Days, nights, weekends and Bank Holidays.

As a Dispatcher, you will be assisting the Non-Emergency Patient Transport service (NEPTS) in providing a vital service to our patients by efficiently allocating patient transport vehicles to patients according to geographical area, mobility, and travel requirements. These can vary from mobile patients who can travel with minimal assistance, to complex patients who require multiple resources or specialist equipment. A Dispatcher will ensure that SCAS NEPTS can deliver the requested patient journeys with the assistance of our automated systems. You will be used to working in a target orientated environment and will thrive on working in a faced paced environment receiving a high number of varied and challenging queries per shift and are confidant in problem solving. It is essential you have geographical knowledge of the area and experience of handling logistical challenges. We are looking for an individual who can demonstrate strong communication skills and the ability to work consistently whilst under pressure.

This is an exciting opportunity within NEPTS. We are looking for a motivated, logical thinking, enthusiastic person to join the Dispatch team.

You will be considered for the role if you have the following abilities / attributes:

  • Geographical Knowledge of the contract area (Surrey)
  • The ability to problem solve
  • The ability to follow Standard Operating Procedures
  • Excellent communication skills, you will be liaising with various Health Service Colleagues, Volunteer Car Drivers and Providers acting on behalf of SCAS.
  • To remain calm whilst working under pressure
  • A flexible approach to work
  • There will be an initial two-week training course covering 37.5 hours per week and you should be available to attend this.

There is more information available on the attached job description and person specification. To be successful at shortlisting, you will need to CLEARLY state how you meet all of the essential criteria.

About us …..

South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) and our Non-Emergency Patient Transport Service (NEPTS) is a progressive, innovative and caring NHS Trust. Non-Emergency Patient Transport Services cover Hampshire, Sussex, Surrey and Thames Valley area and complete circa 3000 journeys per day.

We can offer you ……

  • Access to continual professional development
  • Access to apply for other educational qualifications
  • Occupational Health support
  • NHS discounts with your staff card

If you demonstrate that you have the qualities and the experience that we are looking for, then you will be shortlisted to attend an interview virtually via Microsoft Teams.

Successful candidates will be notified following interview and any offer is conditional on completing pre-employment checks; occupational health medical, DBS checks and employment referencing.

Please note that the closing date given is a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy when we have received sufficient applications, so we advise you to submit your application as early as possible to prevent disappointment. Only those candidates who clearly demonstrate how they meet the person specification will be short listed for this role.

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.

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