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Emergency Care Assistant (Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucester)

Job Reference: 202-005-19

Employer:
South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
Location:
Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Holding Pool
Salary:
£16,053.48 pa plus unsocial enhancements*

Please ensure you read the attached Job Description, Applicant Guidance Document and visit sw-eca.co.uk website before completing an application.


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

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) 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.

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 C1 category and minimum of two GCSEs (or equivalent) at grades A-C including English Language or Literature, and Maths, or a Level 2 Functional Skills certificate or a Level 3 qualification in a heath care related subject.

Candidates must hold the Full C1 Category on their driving licence at the point of application.

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?

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.

*Full salary of £18,813 per annum will be paid on completion of probationary period. During this period (3-6 months, subject to reviews) you will receive a reduced salary of £16,053.48 per annum. Upon successful completion of the 8 week training course and commencement on station, you will also receive unsocial in this role.

Unsocial will be paid under Section 2 of NHS Terms and Conditions. Please see attached A4C Handbook for more details.



This advert covers the following Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) stations:

Almondsbury
Avonmouth
Bristol Central
Churchill
Keynsham
NBOC
Nailsea
Soundwell
Weston Super Mare
Yate

If you are currently aCommunity First Responderwith SWAST please can you ensure your include this as part of your application.




South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) was the first Ambulance Trust in the country registered as a NHS Foundation Trust (FT) demonstrating the highest levels of service quality, performance and financial management. SWAST delivers high performing emergency and urgent care to the residents and transient population of Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, Devon, Dorset, Bristol, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Somerset along with NHS 111 service in Dorset.

SWASFT offers consistent high-quality, locally responsive and trusted care to patients, ensuring long-term sustainability and financial strength for the future.

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

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'.

I am sure that you will appreciate the financial pressures on NHS organisations and our desire to prioritise resources into patient care. Whilst we would wish to respond to all correspondence, we are unable to contact candidates who have not been shortlisted for interview. If you do not hear from us within 4 weeks of the closing date, you should assume that you have not been successful on this occasion.

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust is working towards equal opportunities. Due to under representation within the Trust we would particularly welcome applications from minority ethnic groups, women and those with a disability.


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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