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Trainee Specialist Paramedic- Reading

Job Reference: 195-19-759-MLU

South Central Ambulance Service
195 18 ECP Rotations North
£30,401 to £37,267 pa

*Please note that the assessment for this role will take place on 1st October. If you are successful, you will be required to start in post on 25th November.

South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS) covers the counties of Hampshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, an area of c. 4,600 sq miles with a resident population of approximately four million. This is an exciting time for Ambulance Services as we move into a period of innovation and change, in particular developing services to support the wider urgent care agenda, through collaborative working partnerships. South Central Ambulance Service is committed to providing high levels of patient care in a pre-hospital environment and is focused on delivering the right care at the right time to our patients.

Key to the delivery of these services will be through the expansion of specialist clinical roles, one of which is the Specialist Paramedic. This exciting role will provide high quality, patient focused care and clinical leadership across the operational teams. This role will also involve collaborative and portfolio working opportunities, across a multitude of primary care settings, to include: urgent care centres, walk-in centres, GP surgeries.

To implement this initiative model, the Trust is currently seeking applications from registered paramedics who have the relevant clinical experience and qualifications to apply for this new development programme. Successful candidates will undertake an 18-month educational programme (part-time). This will be a blended learning experience, which will include university modules at level 7, leadership training and clinical placements alongside operational practice. Whilst this is a supported programme, candidates will be expected to undertake some study in their own time during this period.

The Trust is offering this development opportunity to experienced paramedics who are enthusiastic, dynamic and highly motivated. Applicants must participate in collaborative and portfolio working opportunities as required by the Trust (primary care settings); as well as being excellent communicators with effective influencing and negotiating skills. You will be working with multi-disciplinary teams across the NHS landscape, in order to ensure that appropriate care is provided for patients. Specialist Paramedics will use specialist knowledge and skills to independently provide healthcare, focused in particular to patients with minor illnesses or injuries, long term conditions, and other urgent care needs. The specialist will be responsible for the care of the patient including assessment, diagnosis, treatment, discharge and/or referral. The specialist will be responsible for administering and supplying medicines, in line with Patient Group Directions. You will be expected to demonstrate evidence of taking personal responsibility for your own professional development, clinical leadership in an operational pre-hospital environment and have a strong desire to support and guide colleagues in other clinical roles. Applicants should be able to display sound clinical knowledge, including evidence of history taking and clinical triage in a sensitive manner, providing assessment, advice and treatment in line with clinical protocols and using professional judgement, and to show that they can work as part of a team or autonomously.

This programme will include study at Higher Education level 7, therefore, essential requirements for applicants wishing to apply for one of these development opportunities are:-

  • HCPC registration with demonstrable clinical experience in the operational pre-hospital setting, including RRV working. Candidates must be a band 6 clinician and have completed their NQP preceptorship period.

  • Full C/C1 driving licence.

  • Level 3Emergency Driving qualification (D1, D2)- IHCD or FutureQuals

  • A degree awarded at 2:2 or above (not necessarily in a clinical discipline).

  • *Positive nomination form if you are an internal candidate (see attachments)

Applicants who do not hold a full degree but have successfully completed at least one university module at level 6 or 7 (Open University level 3) will be considered for this training development on an individual basis.

At the time of application you must not be the subject of an active or pending procedure in line with the Trust’s Discipline and Conduct Policy, be able to demonstrate a good attendance record (subject to conditions covered by the Equality Act), and MUST provide evidence that your required Statutory and Mandatory training is up to date. All internal candidates will also be required to be supported in their application by their current management team, with a completed managerial nomination form submitted at interview (attachment can be found on NHS Jobs advert).

Applicants should be aware that they will be expected to be deployed anywhere in the Trust during their training period, and that they will be expected to travel to the universities or other training locations, which may not be in their allocated locality. Some of the clinical placements may be outside the SCAS area. Base stations will be allocated in line with current Specialist Paramedic vacancies and may be different from your current base station.

During the development period, trainees will be working and studying with registrants from other clinical disciplines.

The Job Description and Person Specification will provide further details. For further information or if you wish to discuss any element of this role please contact:

Craig Barlow – Business Change Manager – Specialist & Advanced Clinical Practice

Shortlisted candidates will be required to attend a panel interview and undertake a clinical assessment, presentation and driving assessment, as well as provide evidence of their CPD portfolio.

*Please note that the date of the assessment is subject to change depending on the number of successful applications.

We actively support applications from members of the BME community.

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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.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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