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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 15/10/2021.

Ambulance Nurse

Job Reference: 195-21-260-MMC

South Central Ambulance Service
Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire
£32,306 to £39,027 pa

Are you a Nurse that is ready to take the next step in your post-registration career and who has a passion for Pre-Hospital Emergency Care (PHEC)? Then here at South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS) we have an exciting opportunity for you!

We are looking to recruit Ambulance Nurses to work as independent clinicians on our frontline ambulances and cars responding to 999 calls.

How will we prepare you for this role?

In SCAS we believe that PHEC is a post-registration career speciality for Nurses as this brings with it the benefits of having a multi-professional workforce to our patients and staff. We have developed a successful course to prepare nurses for working in the PHEC environment and are currently working with partner universities for it to be accredited.

Our next course is due to start on 28th February 2022 at our training centre in Whiteley, Hampshire and is 16-weeks long followed by a supported 3-month preceptorship period.

The course consists of the following:

  • 1-week Induction
  • 4-week Level 3 Certificate in Emergency Response Ambulance Driving course
  • 5-week Classroom based clinical course
  • 6-week Clinical Placement with Work-Based Assessments
  • Followed by a 3-month ‘preceptorship’ period

Throughout the course there will be a number of assessments including OSCEs, driving, manual handling, Applied Knowledge Test and final portfolio assessment.

We are looking for applicants that are:

  • Passionate about high quality patient care.
  • Professional in everything you do.
  • Compassionate and able to remain calm under pressure.
  • Wanting a varied and challenging job.
  • Able to work independently.
  • Emotionally and physically resilient and a good communicator.

All you need is:

  • To be a Registered Nurse (Adult or Children’s) on the NMC register.
  • Have 2 years post-registration experience ideally in an Emergency Department, Critical Care or Acute Medical Assessment.
  • RCUK or Trust Immediate Life Support certificate.
  • A full valid manual UK driving licence (including Category B and Category C1 – over 3500kg, with no more than 3 points. (Please note that you must have at least a provisional UK manual C1 licence at the point of application. You can check if you have this entitlement by clicking on the link in the ‘Further links’ section of the advert).

In return we can offer…

  • Regular clinical updates.
  • A progressive clinical career path with an opportunity to develop your career to a specialist practitioner, clinical mentor, team leader, education manager and other roles within our Clinical Coordination Centre.
  • Opportunities to get involved in pre-hospital research. SCAS has previously been involved in trials such as Paramedic 1 (Lucas) & Paramedic 2 (adrenaline).
  • Using technology to develop staff and improve patient care.
  • Commitment to staff welfare and support.
  • Investing in staff development through mandatory and non-mandatory training to continue your professional development.

The finer details:

  • The induction, driving and classroom elements of the course will take place in Whiteley, Hampshire. We may be able to provide support with local accommodation (further details are available later in the recruitment process.)
  • The placement and Work-Based Assessment and Preceptorship period will all take place at your base station or nearby station in line with relief planning.
  • If your application demonstrates that you are what we are looking for, then you will be invited to:
    • Online interview which will be conducted via Microsoft Teams.
    • Driving assessment
    • Lifting assessment

We are now able to offer applicants the chance of assistance in gaining your full C1 entitlement!

We will support and fund this process through a salary sacrifice scheme and just ask that you have your provisional C1 entitlement on your licence when you apply. We also request that you successfully complete your C1 Theory and Hazard Perception tests before being placed on a course.

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

  • You will receive £1,000 twelve months after completing your training course and 3rd manning.
  • In addition to this you will also receive £3,000 if you stay at your allocated station (High Wycombe or Wexham only) for 3 years post completion of your 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 Trust’s relocation procedure and only upon receipts.
  • 5% High Cost Allowance (Fringe) for Wexham only.

These incentives don't apply to internal applicants already working in the NE node.

All successful candidates who are offered a job with us will have to undertake employment checks as part of our recruitment process, including an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Baring Service) check, which SCAS will fund, clearance from our Occupational Health department, references, ID and right to work verification.

Our station availability is specifically in the north of our area - 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 to 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 our very best.

For further information about the role, please contact Mathew Holbrook, Specialist Nurse Practitioner & Project Lead on

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 (DBS) Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) 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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