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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 07/08/2022.

Community First Responder (Bristol & Somerset)

Job Reference: 202-A-22-16266

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
Bristol & Somerset

Exciting volunteering opportunities have arisen within South Western Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust for Community First Responders to join Community First Responder schemes across Bristol & Somerset.

We welcome applicants from throughout Bristol & Somerset; however we are particularly interested in people from the following areas:

Frome, Weston, Minehead, Shepton, Wells, Glastonbury, Wincanton, Portishead, Clevedon, Weston, Pensford/Clutton, Nailsea, Chard, Williton, Wiveliscombe, Bicknoller, Bridgwater, North Petherton and Burnham on Sea.

Please be aware, if there is not currently a Community First Responder scheme running within a 3 mile radius of your home postcode you may not be short listed. Should you wish to respond from your work place as well as or instead of your home address, please detail this in the additional information section.

A Community First Responder (CFR) scheme is made up of a group of trained volunteers who within the community in which they live or work attend emergency calls on behalf of South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust to provide patient care, including basic life support, until the arrival of an emergency ambulance.

As a volunteer and a member of a Community First Responder Scheme you would provide this community based service willingly and without pay. This role is highly rewarding and offers opportunities to meet new people and learn valuable lifesaving skills through the training provided by South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust.

Applicants will have a good all round education; a full driving license held for at least one year, with no more than 6 current penalty points and have access to a vehicle with current tax, MOT and insurance for your use. Following shortlisting, applicants will be invited to attend a formal interview whereby they will be expected to have some knowledge of the role and South Western Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust. Candidates will be required to attain the Level 3 Award for First Responders on Scene during training in order to complete the recruitment process.

When applying for this position, please be aware that you must be able to attend the following interview dates and all six days of training course:

Interviews are scheduled to be held virtually on the w/c 22nd August 2022.

The six day training course is scheduled to be held in Bridgwater Ambulance Station on:

  • Saturday 10th September 2022
  • Sunday 11th September 2022
  • Saturday 24th September 2022
  • Sunday 25th September 2022
  • Saturday 8th October 2022
  • Sunday 9th October 2022

If you are unable to make all of the training days please await for a future vacancy to arise.

Vaccinaton Status

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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