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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 28/11/2021.

Ambulance Care Assistant

Job Reference: 195-21-ACA-HAM-N-RTS2

Employer:
South Central Ambulance Service
Department:
195 19 PTS SHIP North
Location:
Basingstoke
Salary:
£18,546 to £19,918 pa

Are you looking for a career where you can make a real difference to patients?

Do you welcome the opportunity to meet our patients and take them to and from their appointments safely and on time?

Do you enjoy driving? A typical shift will take you through rural villages, towns, cities as well as further afield so you will get a variety of different driving experiences and challenges.

We want to recruit people to join our team who embrace our values of Caring, Teamwork, Professionalism and Innovation.

The work involves caring for the most vulnerable in society, so a caring nature is essential.

This role involves:

  • Manual handling i.e. lifting, lowering, pushing and pulling patients who are not able to assist themselves. Click on the link on the right ‘Find out how much YOU can lift’ and look at our YouTube video to get an idea of what it feels like to carry a 12 stone manikin up and down stairs, walking both forwards and backwards.
  • Driving a long wheel-base vehicle with manual transmission. You’ll need to show you’re an experienced and competent driver. Ideally, you’ll have good knowledge of the local area.
  • Shift Work. You’ll work a variety of shifts, both on your own and with a colleague. You’ll need to be flexible with start and finish times. We operate 365 days a year and you’ll be expected to work some days over Christmas, Bank Holidays and weekends
  • Sometimes working with Covid-positive patients. We will give you full PPE, but you should keep this exposure in mind to be certain this is the right role for you.

You’ll need:

  • Experience of working in a customer-centred or patient care role.
  • To be able to show us that you are warm, welcoming and friendly and able to reassure the patients in your care.
  • A full manual C1 driving licence as a minimum, with no more than 3 penalty points with appreciable experience of driving larger vehicles
  • To be able to commit to a three week, full time training programme based at our Newbury Education and Resource Centre.

In return, we will give you:

  • All the clinical skills you need to perform this role.
  • Full support and training from experienced colleagues whilst you learn the role.
  • A competitive salary of £18,546.00 plus applicable unsocial hours payments under section 2.
  • Full-time hours.
  • Automatic enrolment to the NHS Pension Scheme.
  • Starting annual leave entitlement of 27 days plus bank holidays, rising to 33 days after 10 years’ service.
  • Lots of opportunities for career development.
  • Opportunities to apply for continuing professional development and other educational qualifications.
  • Occupational Health support along with an Employee Assistance Program.

 

NB: This advert will close when we have received enough applications. This may be after only a few days. It is important to start your application now.

We are expecting successful candidates to start in March although we may be able to start some sooner.

You will need to be available for an interview via Microsoft Teams and to attend an assessment for lifting and driving in Newbury or Bicester.

The government has announced that from 1 April 2022, all frontline NHS staff, health and social care workers, and volunteers working in England who have face-to-face contact with service users, will need to provide evidence that they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless they are medically exempt.




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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