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

Apprentice ECA

Job Reference: 195-21-AECA-NOR

South Central Ambulance Service
195 16 PTS TV Oxford
Oxfordshire, Berkshire & Buckinghamshire
£18,546 to £19,918

This vacancy is strictly for Buckinghamshire, Berkshire & Oxfordshire and due to Covid restrictions impacting lead times on booking tests you need to have the following at point of application:

C1 provisonal on your licence (licence summary required to evidence this);

As the ACA training forms one element of this apprenticeship programme, we are NOT able to accept applications from people who are currently ACAs or have previously undertaken any form of ACA training.

Are you looking for your first patient facing job within the NHS in a role where you will genuinely make a difference every time you go to work? If so, then South Central Ambulance Service’s (SCAS’s) Emergency Care Assistant (ECA) Apprenticeship is for you.

ECAs work in a challenging, but rewarding role providing essential support to our qualified clinicians in responding to emergency and routine calls. The role is ideal for individuals with no healthcare experience who may not have the required entry criteria for standard ECA trainee roles and for those wishing to move into the emergency environment at a gradual pace.

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, don’t mind working shifts, but have noformalexperience of working in healthcare then we want to hear from you.

We are looking for people who can start their apprenticeship in a station ineither Buckinghamshire, Berkshire or Oxfordshire.You may then need to move station after 9 months when you start the second stage of your training, depending on available vacancies.

Driving is an essential skill for this role, so you will need a current provisional C1 Category manual driving licence, at the point of application with no more than 3 points. A full C1 category licence is desirable. If you do not have this category, SCAS will be offering a salary sacrifice scheme in order to support you in obtaining this licence during the first half of the 16-month apprenticeship. (Please see FAQ document for further details). YouMUSThave your provisional C1 Category driving licence before you apply.

If you don't have your provisional C1 yet, don't worry, we will be advertising again in due course which should give you time to get it added to your licence.

The apprenticeship is 16 months in duration. Following initial training and driver training at our centre in Newbury, apprentices will be deployed within our Patient Transport Services, learning the fundamentals of care, compassion and communication whilst starting to complete their apprenticeship portfolio. At the end of the initial 9-months, apprentices will undertake an accredited Level 3 Diploma in Emergency Care Support* as well as an Emergency Driving Course. For the final stage of the programme, apprentices will be deployed within our Frontline 999 Operational Team where they will work alongside qualified clinicians responding to urgent and emergency calls. On completion of the programme, apprentices will undertake an End Point Assessment.

You arerequired to have GCSE Maths (Grade C (4) or above) and GCSE English (Grade G (1) or above) at the commencement of the course.If you do not have English at GCSE C (4) or above, you will be supported in achieving Functional Skills Level 2 in this subject within the first 9-months. The English course will be undertaken via external provider and you will be eligible for 55 guided learning hours.

We will need to see your qualification certificates prior to the course commencing.

Please read the person specification, job description and FAQs carefully and make sure that all the minimum requirements are clearly noted on your application form in the correct place.

You will be expected to attend a face to face lifting and driving assessment which will be held at our education centre in Newbury where you will need to pass both elements. If you are successful at the assessment then you will be invited to attend an interview via Microsoft Teams. This is subject to current regulations at the time of the time of the assessment.

*Please note that this qualification is subject to the course being accredited. If the course is not accredited, you will receive an in-house certificate confirming successful completion of the ECA training element which enables you to work as an ECA within SCAS.

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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