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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 27/06/2022.

Emergency Care Assistant

Job Reference: 195-22-ECA-CSM

South Central Ambulance Service
Milton Keynes, Oxford, Nursling, Hightown, Ringwood
£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 recruiting in the following stations ONLY, these include.

  • Milton Keynes
  • Oxford
  • Nursling
  • Hightown
  • Ringwood

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

This advert is for external applicants only, we have a further advert out for internal staff so please apply to this if this is applicable to you.

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!

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.

The government has announced a consultation regarding mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for all frontline NHS staff, health and social care workers, and volunteers working in England who have face-to-face contact with service users. Depending on the outcome of this consultation they may need to provide evidence that they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless they are medically exempt.

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. 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 well as standard NHS benefits like generous holiday entitlement and an excellent pension scheme, we offer lots of extras for our staff. You can find out more information here –

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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