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Qualified Paramedic

Job Reference: 195-19-QP-LSS

South Central Ambulance Service
Northern Cluster
Milton Keynes, Stoke Mandeville, Adderbury, Didcot, Kidlington, Oxford, Wexham, High Wycombe, Bracknell, Newbury & Reading
£30,401 to £37,267 pa


We are looking for individuals to join the Trust to be based specifically within our Northern Cluster stations. If you are confirmed to be based at Wexham or High Wycombe these stations attract the following incentives:

- You will receive £1,000 upon joining!

- In addition to this you will also receive £1,000 if you stay at your allocated station for 12 months post training (i.e. when you have finished in training and 3rd manning). Please note that these sums are subject to the usual deductions of Tax and NI.

- We can also offer you up to £1,500 relocation expenses for these stations (High Wycombe and Wexham only). Relocation expenses will be reimbursed in line with the Trusts relocation procedure and only upon receipts.

- 5% High Cost Allowance (Fringe) for Wexham only.

Are you a Qualified Paramedic? Are you looking to move to a progressive, innovative and caring Trust, responding to accident, emergency and urgent care requirements of our diverse population? Do you want to work in a Trust with some of the best See and Treat rates in the country? Do you hold the value based behaviors and values of SCAS that are embedded in everything we do?

If the answer is yes – then we and our patients need you!

This is your fantastic opportunity to work for an Ambulance Trust in the UK that has been rated ‘good’ by the Care Quality Commissioning group (CQC).

We are looking for applicants that are:

  • Highly motivated to look after our patients
  • Passionate about high quality patient care.
  • Professional in everything you do.
  • Have excellent driving skills and you have probably already been training to drive under blue light conditions.
  • Compassionate and able to remain calm under pressure.
  • Wanting a varied and challenging job.
  • Emotionally and physically resilient and a good communicator.
  • Want to work in a challenging environment or situation and deal with patients and relatives with dignity and respect.
  • Have demonstrable experience of how you work to the SCAS Values

All we need you to have is:

  • Qualified Paramedic with current HCPC registration.
  • A full valid UK driving licence (including Category B and Category C1 – over 3500kg with no more than 3 points. The Trust motor insurers need to review each case of any applicants who had had their driving licence removed following a Dangerous Driving or Drink or Drugs offence for a minimum period of 5 years from when their licence is reinstated. Before we can consider offering a role.
  • Able to commit to a 3 week (full-time) and 2 day driving training course programme (paid) and on-going shift work.

In return we can offer…

  • An initial structured 1 week corporate induction and mentoring program for all frontline staff
  • Followed by a 2 week clinical training course.
  • A 2 day driver training update delivered by our specialist driver training team in Newbury.
  • Regular clinical updates.
  • A progressive clinical career path with an opportunity to develop your career to a clinical mentor, team leader, specialist paramedic (Band 6) and other clinical roles such as clinical advisor within our Clinical Coordination Centre
  • Clinically forward thinking and opportunities to get involved in pre-hospital research e.g. Paramedic 1 (Lucas), Paramedic 2 (adrenaline) Right-2 and the “sepsis in children” screening trials, taking part in national trials such as ARP.
  • Using technology to develop staff and improve patient care e.g. ePR, smartphone apps, Simbulance, SCAS Live-Link, access to a Trust library and a variety of e-learning modules to supplement face-to-face training
  • Committed to staff welfare and support e.g. Team working with a named Team Leader, Clinical Mentor & Specialist Practitioner, access to Optum, Occupational Health, TRiM, Health & Well-being initiatives, Mind Blue-Light project, Pubwatch campaign, Inappropriate use campaign
  • Investing in staff development through mandatory and non-mandatory training to continue your professional development e.g. Winter workshops for head injury assessment, paediatrics, mentoring and joint training with other emergency services, hospitals, GPs and the opportunity to apply for other educational qualifications
  • Recognising staff achievements e.g. Ambies awards, commendations, newsletters celebrating staff initiatives

The finer details:

  • The 3 week and 2 day training programme, whilst you’ll be paid, is not residential so you will need to be able to get to the venue and back on your own.
  • Should you be what we are looking for and successfully shortlisted then you will be invited to an assessment centre, these are usually based at either our following locations: Newbury (Berkshire) or Northern House (Bicester, Oxfordshire).
  • All successful candidates who are offered a job with us will have to undertake employment checks as part of our recruitment process, including, an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Baring Service) check, which SCAS will fund, clearance from our Occupational Health department, references, ID and right to work verification.
  • Our vacancies are across the SCAS wide area, therefore you will be asked to complete a location preference form at interview stage, which we will take into account your preferences on where you wish work, and best match this to our available vacancies at the time. We can’t guarantee placing you in your first preference but we will do very our best.

For more details of the role please look at the job description and person specification attached, as well as SCAS behaviors for front line patient facing staff.

Once the training period has been completed, flexible working in terms of part-time hours will be considered.

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 the 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…

The starting holiday entitlement is 27 days per annum (pro rata) plus bank holidays.

USH paid in line with section 2 terms and conditions.

All employees are automatically enrolled into the NHS Pension scheme (or NEST).

We operate from 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 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 (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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