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Emergency Care Assistant

Job Reference: 195-21-ECA-CSM

South Central Ambulance Service
Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire
£20,330 to £21,777 pa

Are you thinking about what you want for the future? Is it time to take control of your career and make the next step into a role where you will genuinely make a difference every time you come to work?

Then our Emergency Care Assistant role could be the role for you.

We are looking for candidates to join the Trust for our ECA courses in January 2022.

We aren’t currently accepting applications for internal staff from Ops/PTS or CCC due to release date issues, we’ll be adverting again for internal candidates from these areas within the new financial year; these adverts will be published once we know our future course dates.

We are recruiting in our NORTH stations ONLY, these include;

  • Stoke Mandeville
  • Reading
  • High Wycombe
  • Wexham
  • Bracknell
  • Didcot

Please be aware there are stations with limited availability & our current vacancies at these stations are subject to change.

Great news! We are now able to offer applicants wishing to be stationed at High Wycombe or Wexham station the chance at the following incentives:

  • You will 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. You will receive additional £3000 (subject to tax and NI) if you stay at your allocated station for 3 years post training
  • We’ll help in gaining your C1 entitlement! We will support & fund the C1 practicalfor you. We ask that you have your provisional C1 entitlement on your licence when you apply, and you have completed your theory & hazard perception tests prior or during the recruitment process.

Emergency Care Assistants (ECA) work in a challenging but rewarding role that provides essential support to our qualified clinical practitioners in responding to Accidents, Emergencies and Urgent Care requirements of the public.

We are looking for people who can demonstrate our values of Caring – Team Work – Professionalism and Innovation in all they do, so if you have experience of remaining calm under pressure, can demonstrate your caring and compassionate nature and don’t mind working shifts, then we want to hear from you now!

Detailed information regarding the criteria required for an Emergency Care Assistant is available within the Job Description and Person Specification, however, some of the essential criteria are:

  • C1 Provisional at point of application – evidence of this will be obtained from you at shortlisting stage.
  • 3 GCSE’s at Grade C (4) or above including English and Maths or equivalent qualification. If you can demonstrate experience equivalent to this level of qualification, particularly where this is combined with experience in a similar healthcare or caring role, may also be considered

Please note – original qualification certificates will be required, if you don’t have copies of these, you will need to request replacement certificates by visiting:

It is important that you read through the job description & person specification for the role before completing your application. Applicants that don’t demonstrate how they meet the Person Specification within their application will not be shortlisted.

Please ensure you demonstrate how you already embrace our values in your current/previous employments or educational settings within your application.

Your supporting information is your chance to articulate why you want to work for one of the top performing ambulance trusts in the country, and why we should be shortlisting you.

Top tips:

  • Review all person specifications both essential & desirable
  • Fully consider the job you are applying for; what skills/abilities you have to offer, working in a front-line operational setting is extremely rewarding but it can also be both physically & mentally challenging.
  • Demonstrate your work journey & why this is the right next step for you.
  • Carefully read through your application before submitting.

An FAQ can be found attached (Please look at the Additional Information on the right-hand side titled 'Read this before applying')

Interviews will be conducted via Teams, and you will undertake a Driving Assessment along with a Manual Handling Assessment.

You must be able to commit to the 9 week training programme which consists of a full corporate induction, clinical training which includes basic life support skills, moving and handling and assisting the Paramedic and a 4 week driver training course including Blue Light conditions. Our training can take place from either Newbury, Bicester or Whiteley (Training is non-residential, we do not provide mileage or accommodation during your training period)

Once you have successfully completed your training, you will continue on to a six month operationally monitored assessment-training programme, which is monitored locally by your Team Leader.

In return, we offer:

  • · Opportunity to apply to be a student paramedic and other career development
  • · Access to apply for other continual professional development
  • · Access to apply for other educational qualifications
  • · Occupational Health support along with an Employee Assistance Programme
  • · Access to NHS negotiated discounts

If you have recently applied for this role with us and not been successful, we would ask that you wait at least three to six months before reapplying to ensure sufficient time to work on your feedback.

We will close the advert as soon as we reach the required number of applications – so don’t delay apply now!

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.

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.

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