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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 17/11/2019.

Emergency Care Assistant

Job Reference: 195-19-ECA-CSM2

South Central Ambulance Service
195 The Workforce Plan
Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire
£18,813 to £20,795 pa

Are you looking to make the most of your life skills, where every day you can genuinely make a difference? Are you a caring, compassionate and a committed individual who takes pride in their work and will go above and beyond to help others? If so, we want to hear from you!

We are seeking Emergency Care Assistants to assist and support our qualified clinical practitioners in responding to Accidents, Emergencies and Urgent Care requirements of the public. No two shifts will be the same. You might be called out to a road accident victim with multiple severe injuries or to someone who has had a heart attack in a busy shopping centre. You could be transferring a very sick baby to a specialist centre, or dealing with an elderly person who’s fallen down the stairs.

In order to be successful for this role we require the following, however, please review the Person Specification for a more detailed criteria.

  • Full manual UK Driving Licence and C1 (provisional accepted at the time of application – must have ‘FULL’ C1 prior to starting in position if successful).

  • 3 GCSEs at grade C or above including English and Math’s, or equivalent qualification. Applicants who can demonstrate relevant experience equivalent to this level of qualification, particularly where this is combined with experience in a similar healthcare or caring role, may also be considered e.g. Police Officer, Firefighter or Dental Nurse.

  • Ability to manage workload and respond to changing workload.

  • Ability to communicate effectively, take responsibility, remain calm and work as part of a Team.

  • Knowledge of the Highway code (this is tested at assessment stage).


You must be able to commit to the 9 week training programme which consists of a full corporate induction, clinical training which includes basic life support skills, moving and handling and assisting the Paramedic. During this recruitment our training will take place at our Education Centre in Bicester and the 4 week driver training course including Blue Light conditions is run from our Education Centre in Newbury. (Training is non-residential, we do not provide mileage or accommodation during your training period)

Once you have successfully completed your training, you will continue on to a six months operationally monitored assessment-training programme, which is monitored locally by your Team Leader.

In return we can offer you:-


  • Opportunity to apply to be a student paramedic and other career development.

  • Access to apply for other continual professional development.

  • Access to apply for other educational qualifications.

  • Occupational Health support along with an Employee Assistance Programme.

  • Access to NHS negotiated discounts.

  • Enrollment to the NHS Pension Scheme

  • Up to 41 Days Annual leave a year depending on Previous NHS Service (including bank holidays)


Helpful tips and useful information
Please demonstrate how you are suitable for this role and how you meet the person specification by detailing in your supporting statement in no more than approximately 300 words.

If you clearly demonstrate that you meet the essential criteria then we will invite you to an interview, lifting and driving assessment. The driving assessment is in a larger, manual, van-sized vehicle. If you have not driven a larger vehicle before or for a while, we recommend that you practice this prior to attending to give you a better chance of showing your driving competency on the day.

Please review the attached videos which contain information on the driving and lifting assessments. (You will need to be successful on all elements of our Assessments which expand over 2 days. This will include a Lifting assessment and Interviewwhich will be held on one day and the Driving Assessment will take place on another day during the week. These dates will be communicated to you if you are successfully shortlisted!)

Please read the person specification and job description carefully and make sure that all the minimum requirements are clearly noted on your application form in the correct place.

If you have recently applied for this role with us and not been successful, we would ask that you wait at least three to six months before reapplying to ensure sufficient time to work on your feedback.

We will close the advert as soon as we reach the required number of applications – so don’t delay apply now!

Good luck and we look forward to receiving your application.

Whilst we would like to assure you that SCAS endeavours to continue with the recruitment for this position as planned, please bear in mind there may be COVID19 related Government guidelines for us to adhere to that may cause changes out of our control. These changes may mean that we must alter our training delivery in which case we would inform you of any changes to the plan as soon as we can.

We actively welcome job applications from candidates who have a disability or who are members of the BAME, LGBT and Armed Forces community (including: Reservists, Veterans, Spouses and Cadets) Here at SCAS we are proud to have a workforce that reflects the diverse community we serve.

Communications regarding your application will be sent via NHS Jobs to your inbox. Please look out for e-mails from us relating to your application.

We do require three years’ worth of references (with no gaps) please be sure to provide sufficient information in the referencing section of your application form. We will only contact your referees after we have offered you a job.

The benefits bits:

  • Starting holiday entitlement is 27 days per annum, pro rata, plus bank holidays;
  • USH is paid in line with section 2;
  • All employees are automatically enrolled into the NHS Pension scheme (or NEST);
  • We operate from a comprehensive set of policies;
  • We 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 or are members of the armed forces community who meet the minimum shortlisting criteria for their post of interest will be invited for an interview;
  • As an employer of choice, we value the wellbeing of our staff and have support networks in place to offer assistance as required;
  • South Central Ambulance Service has a Freedom to Speak Up Guardian and a Freedom to Speak Up Policy. 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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