Emergency Care Assistant
South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
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Are you looking for a role where you can genuinely make a real difference every time you come to work? A role where no two days are the same?
As an Emergency Care Assistant (ECA) you will carry out essential 999 emergency care for people in your community, such as treating wounds and fractures, controlling severe bleeding, attending the birth of a baby or a road traffic collision, all under the direct supervision of a clinician.
Based at a local ambulance station as part of a team, you will work shifts, going out in all weathers at all hours, sometimes working in difficult conditions.
No previous medical experience is required to apply. Before you join our frontline operational teams, you will spend your initial weeks in our education centres where you will be trained, leaving you feeling well prepared, confident and able to thrive in your role.
As well as full training, you will also receive:
- An enhanced supportive preceptorship programme to help develop your confidence and support your continuous learning
- Career progression, including a pathway to become a Paramedic
- Enhanced end of shift protections to help ensure your shift finishes on time
- Enhancements for evening and weekend working
- Funded C1 Driving Licence for anyone working in Somerset, Dorset or Wiltshire
We have opportunities across the South West so apply today and start your journey to become an Emergency Care Assistant.
Main duties of the job
To provide a continuous duty of care to patients, both clinically and personally. With the assistance of other front-line clinicians and under the level of training and competency of this role. Ensuring an appropriate level of monitoring and treatment is maintained and continued until the patient is either discharged or transferred to the care of another healthcare professional. Recording patient information, in accordance with Trust procedure, and delivering a clear and detailed handover.
Driving all types of approved ambulance vehicles under normal and Emergency (Blue light) conditions, whilst transporting patients or attending incidents.
Carry out general vehicle checks at the start of and during each shift, to ensure the readiness of the vehicle and communications equipment to respond as required.
This position will require an assessment day rather than an interview. This assessment day will include:
- Physical assessment
- Group discussion
- Group Task -Team building exercise
- Communication exercise
Working for us is an experience like no other. We provide emergency and urgent care, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, operating across the largest ambulance region in England of 10,000 square miles and responding to an average of 2,650 incidents every day.
We remain committed to ensuring that we provide the best possible care for all our patients, which is reflected in our new five-year strategy which has continually improving patient care at its very core.
At the heart of our beautiful and diverse region we employ over 6000 people and are supported by over 575 volunteers.
If you embody our values of one team, compassionate and innovative and are looking to make a real difference to peoples' lives, then we would love to hear from you.
In return we will equip you with the skills, resources and development you need to thrive in your role.
You will have opportunities to progress to roles at a higher pay grade and enjoy continuous professional development.
- Competitive NHS salary
- A standard working week of 37.5 hours
- Holiday entitlements of 27 days per year, plus general and public holidays, rising to 29 days after 5 years and 33 days after 10 years
- Pay enhancements for out of hours, shift and overtime working
- Generous Pension Scheme
- Career and salary progression
- Car leasing scheme
- Free parking across Trust sites
- Cycle-to-work and other salary sacrifice schemes
- Staff networks
- Access to a wide range of discounts from various organisations across the UK
For further information about this role please see attached the job description and person specification attached.
Qualifications and Education
Certificate of Sponsorship
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