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Graduate Campaign - Newly Qualified Paramedic

Job Reference: 202-A-22-17495

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
£25,655 pa, plus USH hours enhancements

IMPORTANT: This advertisement is open for individuals currently in year 3 of the Paramedic Science Degree who are due to graduate this Winter only.

Are you currently studying to become a Paramedic?

Do you want to work in an exciting and forward-thinking ambulance service?

As you gain sight of the finishing line and look for a great opportunity to put your learning into practice, we welcome your application for an NQP position with SWASFT.

Join SWASFT as a Newly Qualified Paramedic (NQP) and you’ll find an ambulance service with an impressive commitment to supporting our clinicians in advanced and autonomous clinical care to ensure the best outcomes for patients, every time. Here are just some examples of our clinical highlights:

  • Our Paramedics focus on treating more patients without the need to attend ED than any other UK ambulance service.
  • We employ a dedicated team of senior clinicians to ensure that our Paramedics continue to enjoy being able to practise the highest skill level in the UK, with considerable autonomy. If a new intervention becomes available, we want our patients to be the first to benefit.
  • Additional support is provided by a wide range of local guidelines to deliver care well beyond JRCALC. We aim to maximise our clinicians’ autonomy, delivering the right care, in the right place at the right time.
  • 24/7 senior clinical support for decision making and in cases when you need that little extra help.
  • A fully embedded NQP consolidation of learning period, with defined and regular supportive processes, to ensure that you develop and progress as quickly and fully as possible.
  • Our Enhanced Skills Policy means that Paramedics can acquire and practise a range of extended skills, from surgical airway to wound closure.
  • A structured career pathway gives great opportunities to progress to specialist Paramedic roles in primary and critical care.

Upon joining us, we can assure you of a warm welcome as well as help with the practicalities of securing your first NQP role, plus a supportive preceptorship programme to guide you through your early employment.

You must hold a full UK driving licence, with no more than six points allowed for certain offences. If you do not currently hold the full C1 licence you can apply, however you must be able to evidence a C1 pass before commencing employment with the Trust, within six months of application.

Interview and assessment dates are to be confirmed

Please see attached a full station list which will help you specify what county you are interested in working within at point of interview.

As part of your offer of employment you will be provided with a funded Emergency Response Ambulance Driving course. If you have obtained this prior to application, a refund of course fee costs can be made, on a receipted basis.

We look forward to receiving your application!

*Unsocial will be paid under Section 2 of NHS Terms and Conditions. Please see attached A4C 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.


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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