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Associate Ambulance Practitioner

Job Reference: 195-21-QAAP1-ARH

South Central Ambulance Service
Stoke Mandeville, Milton Keynes, Wexham, High Wycombe, Oxford, Didcot, Kidlington, Adderbury, Newbury, Reading and Bracknell
£22,549 to £24,882 pa

This advert is forExternal Qualified AAP (Associate Ambulance Practitioner) candidates ONLY.

Please be aware this advert is for a POOL only. There are currently no scheduled courses for the Qualified AAP role.

Successful candidates will be held in a Pool for 6 months from the date of the final assessment or until a course is finalised.


Please note these positions will be based in our NORTH stations only.


Are you a highly motivated, passionate and caring qualified AAP? Are you looking to move to a progressive, innovative and caring Trust, responding to accident, emergency and urgent care requirements of our diverse population?

If so, apply to be a Qualified Associate Ambulance Practitioner with South Central Ambulance Service. You will be providing urgent, emergency and social care to patients in a pre-hospital environment. Applicants should be highly motivated individuals, with a strong desire to succeed. This is an exciting role which is highly patient-focused to deliver clinical care, improve clinical outcomes, continues to promote high levels of patient safety and provide a positive patient experience to our service users. This is a rewarding role for those who want the best outcomes for patients.


Applicants for these positions will be required to undergo a selection process which includes a formal interview as well as our Pre-Employment Lifting and Driving assessment (PELDA).


All applicants must meet the entry criteria as below; however, please review the Person Specification for a more detailed criteria.

  • Minimum of 2 GCSEs at Grade C(4) or above or Functional Skills level 2 including Maths and English
  • Level 4 Diploma for Associate Ambulance Practitioners.
  • IHCD in Ambulance Emergency Driving or FutureQuals certificate in Emergency Response Ambulance Driving.
  • A full valid manual UK driving licence and category C1 entitlement with no more than 3 points
  • Minimum 750 hours (approx. 6 months) post qualification experience as a practicing AAP.

This will need to be evidenced at your assessment if you are successfully shortlisted.


Successful individuals will undertake a SCAS familiarisation course over 3 weeks.

Applicants must be engaging, caring, flexible and willing to travel as successful applicants will be expected to attend the Trust Education Centre in Newbury for 3 weeks and a 2 day driving refresher training.

There will be no provision for accommodation or travel expenses and individuals must also be willing to work at a variety of operational ambulance resource centres, covering a full range of shifts.

Individuals who feel that they are ready to make this exciting and challenging career move are encouraged to apply.

Candidates will be subject to various pre-employment clearances and checks including Disclosure & Barring Service clearance, references, and an Occupational Health appointment.

Candidates will need to demonstrate a determination to provide the highest standards of patient care to the public that we serve, ensuring that all patients have the right care, at the right time, in the right place.

This advert is for External Qualified AAP (Associate Ambulance Practitioner).


Course details

*In order for a course to proceed, there must be a minimum of 4 on the course, if the number of successful applicants is less than this the course willnotgo ahead. This will be communicated to you during the recruitment process*


Helpful tips and useful information
Please demonstrate how you are suitable for this role and how you meet the person specification by detailing in your supporting statement in no more than approximately 300 words.

If you clearly demonstrate that you meet the essential criteria then we will invite you to an interview and driving assessment and you will need to evidence your qualifications, including your AAP and emergency driving qualifications. Please review the attached videos which contain information on the driving assessment.

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

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. The closing date is final and we will not accept any submissions after this date. Applicants should receive an acknowledgment from NHS Jobs when the form has been submitted.

Whilst we would like to assure you that we are planning to continue with the recruitment for this role, please bear in mind there may be COVID19 related Government guidelines that may cause changes out of our control.

Good luck and we look forward to receiving your application.

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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