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Emergency Care Assistant

Job Reference: 202-A-22-16113

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
Holding Pool (All Trust Locations)
£20,330 pa plus unsocial enhancements*

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust is seeking compassionate, caring and committed individuals to use advanced driving skills and provide support to our dedicated team of Paramedics attending accidents and sudden illnesses to join our holding pool as Emergency Care Assistants.

Emergency Care Assistants provide essential support to our team of qualified Paramedics to deliver high quality and effective clinical and personal care.

SWASFT provide a wide range of emergency and urgent care services across a fifth of England covering Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and the former Avon area. We are looking for applicants interested in all locations. We are particularly interested in applications from individuals based within Somerset orDorsetat this time.We will not be accepting any applicants from Cornwall (at the moment as it’s over a year wait for a position)

If you’re looking to make the most of your life skills in a challenging but extremely rewarding environment and are willing to work shifts, this could be the ideal opportunity for you.

You will need a full, clean driving licence including the C1 Category. Candidates without the C1 Category are eligible to apply but this must be obtained within 6 months of your application to be offered a position from the holding pool.

On offer of employment, SWASFT will provide you with comprehensive clinical training and driver training to prepare you for the role of ECA. Subject to passing this training, you will then commence fulltime employment for the Trust.

The Role

As an Emergency Care Assistant you will attend cases of accident and sudden illness and respond to urgent, special and planned patient transfer requests. You will use advanced driving skills under blue light and normal traffic conditions to respond to emergency and routine calls as required.

You will be required to assist a qualified clinician to support the provision of high quality and effective clinical, personal, social and holistic care to patients.

Would you be suited to this type of role?

The nature of this role often means the ECA will be assisting the qualified clinician in dealing with life and death situations. You need to be compassionate, caring and committed.

You need to enjoy helping people whilst understanding their needs and treating them with dignity and respect. You need to be enthusiastic, reliable, self-disciplined and flexible.

  • Able to work the shift patterns as required, including unsocial hours and weekends?
  • Able to stay calm in pressurised and emotional situations. Able to handle sensitive situations assertively and tactfully?
  • Are you able to deal with blood?
  • Due to the emergency nature of the services provided by SWASFT, staff may be required in the interest of patient safety to work beyond their normal finishing time, are you prepared for this?

*Full salary of £20,330 per annum will be paid on completion of the training course. During this 8 week training period you will receive a reduced salary of £18,575.90 per annum. Upon successful completion of the 8 week training course and commencement on station, you will also receive unsocial enhancement payments, in line with Section 2 of Agenda for Change - please see NHS Terms and Conditions Handbook for more details.


The COVID-19 vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and our patients whilst working in our patient facing roles. Please note that in line with the most recent legislation it is no longer mandatory for new starters to have received the COVID-19 vaccination however we do ask all new starters to declare their vaccination status in line with our local processes.

Please note as part of the assessment process your name and email address will be passed onto an external company (Driver Metrics’) to complete you’re driving SJT – Please see applicant guidance for more details regarding this assessment.

At South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) every team member matters, we have a culture where everyone is valued for being themselves. Our aim is to work together to promote the most inclusive environment possible, which attracts people from the widest possible range of backgrounds and experiences to enrich the work that we do together, for the benefit of all of our employees and patients and communities we serve. We offer flexible working opportunities, inclusive policies and a range of feedback mechanisms to support individual needs and to enable a positive, welcoming environment in which our people and their careers can thrive.

As the first Ambulance Trust in the Country to be registered as a NHS Foundation Trust (FT) SWAST offers consistent high-quality, locally responsive and trusted care to the residents and the transient population of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Bristol, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire.

If you are shortlisted for this post, we will send you a direct email to the address entered on your application form. Please ensure you check you Junk items. We will also send messages through your NHS Jobs account, to keep you updated on your application process. To access emails from us via NHS Jobs, please log into your account, and go to 'My Applications'.

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust reserve the right to close this vacancy early, should we receive sufficient applications.

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