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Ambulance Care Assistant - Berkshire

Job Reference: 195-19-ACA-BERK

South Central Ambulance Service
195 16 PTS TV Berkshire
£17,652 to £19,020 pa

This is a driving role in a long wheel-base vehicle with manual transmission.

Are you looking for a career and not just ‘another job’? Perhaps one where you can make a real difference to outcomes for patients?

If you can answer yes to the following questions then Patient Transport Services at South Central Ambulance Service is the place for you:

  • Do you like driving?
  • Do you have a caring nature and want to help people?
  • Are you happy and able to be trained on lifting patients safely?

We want to recruit people to join our team who can clearly demonstrate the SCAS key behaviors of Caring – Team Work – Professionalism – Innovation.

The role:

We are recruiting Ambulance Care Assistants to work with patients to ensure they are transported safely and punctually for their non-emergency appointments in a range of healthcare setting.

The work involves caring for the most vulnerable in society so a caring nature is essential. There is also a need to be capable of lifting, as some of our patients are not able to make their own way to our vehicles. Please refer to the attached weight equivalence poster.


You will work a mixture of shift patterns some of which will be with a colleague and others where you will work alone. You will be part of the Berkshire team and will have help and support from a number of experienced colleagues as you transition into your new role.

You will be representing SCAS and interacting with colleagues from a range of healthcare settings including care homes and hospitals and we need people who can be professional in all their actions.

What we need from you:

You will have some experience of working in a customer or patient care role.

You will have a warm, welcoming and friendly nature and be able to reassure the patients in your care.

You be willing to work a variable roster pattern covering 7 days per week (including bank holidays).

A full current driving licence (B category and no more than 3 points for speeding)

You will be willing to commit to a three week, full time training programme based at our Newbury Resource and Education Centre.

What will SCAS give you:

  • We will equip you with all the clinical skills you need to perform this role.
  • Competitive salary of £17,652.00 plus applicable anti-social payments under section 2.
  • full-time work
  • Automatic enrolment to the NHS Pension Scheme.
  • Starting annual leave entitlement of 27 days plus bank holidays, rising to 33 days after 10 years’ service.
  • Opportunities for career development
  • Access to apply for continuing professional development
  • Access to apply for other educational qualifications
  • Occupational Health support along with an Employee Assistance Program


Shift patterns vary across stations, depending on the requirements of the service.

We actively support applications from members of the BME community.

Communications regarding your application will be sent via NHS Jobs to your inbox. Please ensure that you are able to access your inbox on a regularly to check for e-mails relating to your application otherwise this may delay the process (and we don’t want that!)

Please provide e-mail addresses/contact details for your referees so we can contact them easily.

We do require at least three years’ worth of references (with no gaps) from at least two different referees. We require references from all employers within this time-frame, if you do not provide sufficient information in the referencing section of your application form, we will take this information from the Employment History section of your form and will go directly to previous employers via their HR departments. We will only contact your referees after we have offered you a job.

The benefits bits…

The starting holiday entitlement is 27 days per annum (based on full time hours) plus bank holidays.

All employees are automatically enrolled in NEST or the NHS Pension scheme.

We operate a comprehensive set of policies.

We also operate regular staff surveys and our staff are encouraged to develop transferable skills and experience.

We work in partnership with our trade unions.

Applicants who have a disability and meet the minimum shortlisting criteria for the post will be invited for the next stage of the recruitment process.

We aim to represent the diversity of our local communities and positively encourage applications regardless of age, race or ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, religion or belief.

South Central Ambulance Service has a Freedom to Speak Up Guardian and a Freedom to Speak Up Policy (formerly known as Whistleblowing). We believe that effective speaking and listening up arrangements protect patients and improve the experience of patients and NHS workers.

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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