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Patient Transport Driver (Relief)

Job Reference: 247-STXPTDBH250319

East of England Ambulance Service Trust
Patient Transport Service
Trust Wide
Starting from £17,598

Great healthcare requires great people. That’s why we are doing everything we can to recruit committed, skilled people – and to make sure we support our new and existing employees, so they choose to stay with us.

Rated outstanding for caring by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), The East of England Ambulance Trust covers six counties - Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. We cover 7,500 square miles and serve a population in excess of 5.8 million people. With such a diverse geographical area, we cover busy cities, rural locations and seaside resorts and our services are tailored to meet the needs of each community’s differing medical and environmental needs.

We offer a great working environment and a comprehensive employment package – which ranges from professional support to benefits for you and your family.

In return for your skill, commitment and energy, we offer a full induction programme, continuing professional development, and the opportunity to work with a highly dedicated team across the east of England.

You will also have the chance to shape the service: our frontline clinicians and other colleagues have unique insights about how we can improve the quality of our care and our working environment.

We’ll support you if you want to be involved in research aimed at improving patient care and safety.

You will also have the chance to help us develop new referral pathways or to work in new roles or for other NHS organisations. We work closely with our commissioners to ensure that innovative ideas developed by Trust staff are tested out.

All this is underpinned by a dedicated quality improvement team to coordinate our efforts to support our frontline staff.


We can offer you a 3 week paid training course. Clinically trained to standards that allow you to be competent as a ‘First Person on Scene’, patient transport driver training, and a full uniform. Every day is different as a PTD and you could really make a difference to our patients.

If you have experience of caring for people and proven customer care and communication skills with the public, then we would like to hear from you. You will need to be flexible, adaptable, and at times, discreet. A good sense of humour and local knowledge of the area you are applying to work in will also be an advantage. You need a full UK manual car driving licence (C1 category must appear on your driving licence) with one years driving experience. Please note that a maximum of 3 penalty points will be considered for a minor motoring offence only. If you have more than 3 penalty points on your licence, there will be no exceptions to this rule and you will not progress any further through the recruitment and selection process.

We can offer you clinical training to standards that allow you to be competent as a ‘First Person On Scene’, patient transport driver training, and a full uniform. Every day is different as a PTD and you could really make a difference to our patients.


If appointed as a Patient Transport Driver ‘relief’ , you will be employed on a permanent contract of employment with contracted hours guaranteed. However, as a ‘Relief’ you do not have apermanent designated work base or rota pattern. Once you have successfully completed your training period you will be allocated a base station which is strictly for administrative and management purposes only. As a ‘relief’ you may be required to work from a number of different stations, within your designated operational division, dependent upon contract needs. Your work base will, therefore, be wherever you are required to work on a particular day. Therefore you should understand that for your operational duties, you will not be able to claim any mileage to get to your place of work. Duration and scheduling of your shifts is at the Trust’s discretion. Where possible the Trust will give you reasonable notice of the scheduling and duration of your shifts in advance. You may also be required to work some weekends and public holidays.

We have start dates available of 10th June and 5th August 2019, please could you indicate in your application which of these dates you will be able to start if you are successful at interview.

This post is subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check at an enhanced level. This organisation has a policy on Recruiting People with Criminal Convictions which can be found attached to this advert.

NB All new starters will be required to take responsibility for joining the DBS update service, at the point of e-DBS application, and bear the cost of annual subscription whilst employed by EEAST. By signing this checklist you automatically consent to making your online DBS certificate available to the Trust.

Please ensure that your application relates to the essential criteria in the person specification

Closing date for applications: 1st April 2019

Interview dates: TBC

Working pattern available: Full Time, Part Time, Bank


All references from current and previous employers, will be sought via their Human Resources Department and must cover a minimum of 3 years employment. Therefore, when completing the reference section of your application form, please give the address, telephone number and email address of the Human Resources Department and indicate your current/previous line manager and their departmental details.

All appointments will be subject to currently having a clean disciplinary record.

Please be advised that a No Smoking Policy is in operation throughout the Trust.

Under the Trust's commitment 'Positive about Disabled People', if you consider yourself as having a disability and you meet the minimum selection criteria for any post, you will get an automatic interview. By minimum selection criteria we mean that you must provide us with evidence in your application form which demonstrates the essential requirements as set out in the person specification and advertisement for a post.

We aim to represent and value the diversity of our local communities through our workforce and service provision. We therefore positively encourage applications, regardless of age, race, religion & belief, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marriage & civil partnership, pregnancy & maternity or disability.

If you have a disability and wish to send in an alternative format of the application form please contact the Recruitment Team on 01234 243200

The Trust reserves the right to close this vacancy before the advertised closing date if a large number of applications are received. If you would like to apply for this position then please keep this information in mind when preparing your submission.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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