Community First Responder - South & West Devon

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

The closing date is 21 July 2024

Job summary

"Exciting volunteering opportunities have arisen within South Western Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust for Community First Responders to join Community First Responder schemes across South and West Devon.

We welcome applicants from throughout South and West Devon; however we are particularly interested in people from the following areas:

Totnes, Dartmouth, Newton Ferres, Bere Alston, Bere Ferres Mary Tavy, Teignmouth, Kingsbridge, Salcombe, Bovey Tracey, Yelverton, Tavistock, Buckfastleigh, South Brent, Wembury, Plympton, Brixham, Paignton

A Community First Responder (CFR) scheme is made up of a group of trained volunteers who within the community in which they live or work attend emergency calls on behalf of South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust to provide patient care, including basic life support, until the arrival of an emergency ambulance.

Applicants will have a good all round education; a full driving license held for at least one year, with no more than 6 current penalty points and have access to a vehicle with current tax, MOT and insurance for your use. Following shortlisting, applicants will be invited to attend a formal interview whereby they will be expected to have some knowledge of the role and South Western Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust. Candidates will be required to attain the Level 3 Award for First Responders on Scene during training in order to complete the recruitment process.

Main duties of the job

As a volunteer and a member of a Community First Responder Scheme you would provide this community based service willingly and without pay. This role is highly rewarding and offers opportunities to meet new people and learn valuable lifesaving skills through the training provided by South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust.

It is vital you include what would make you a exceptional Community First Responder and how you meet the person specification for the role. Please be aware, if there is not currently a Community First Responder scheme running within a 3 mile radius of your home postcode you may not be short listed. Should you wish to respond from your work place as well as or instead of your home address, please detail this in the additional information section.

If you are currently in the Emergency Care Assistant pool please do not apply

When applying for this position, please be aware that you must be able to attend the following interview dates and all of the training course.

Interviews are scheduled to be held during the week commencing Monday 05 August2024.

The training course is scheduled to be held in Paignton on the following dates:

  • Saturday 14th September 2024
  • Sunday 15th September 2024
  • Saturday 21st September 2024
  • Sunday 22nd September 2024
  • Saturday 28th September 2024
  • Sunday 29th September 2024

YOU MUST BE ABLE TO MAKE ALL OF THE TRAINING SESSIONS

About us

At South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) we have a culture where everyone is valued for being themselves. Our aim is to work together to promote the most inclusive environment possible, which attracts people from the widest range of backgrounds and experiences to enrich the work that we do together, for the benefit of all of our employees, our patients and the communities we serve. We offer flexible working opportunities, inclusive policies and a range of feedback mechanisms to support individuals and to enable a positive, welcoming environment where our people and their careers can thrive in.

We employ over 5,000 employees mainly clinical, operational and emergency response staff as well as supporting roles. We also employ Doctors and volunteers which include community first responders and fire co-responders.

We take all the steps needed to provide the most compassionate patient care possible whilst also providing an enjoyable and safe place to work. We actively promote a positive set of behaviours as being key to our performance both individually and collectively. Our recruitment, selection and screening processes are designed to uphold these standards and we invite all our candidates to actively share with us through these processes how they will bring these behaviours to life.

To view the Trust's Mission, Vision, Values and Goals clickhere

Date posted

25 June 2024

Pay scheme

Other

Salary

Depending on experience Unpaid

Contract

Voluntary

Working pattern

Part-time, Home or remote working

Reference number

202- 5150587 - B

Job locations

South and West Devon

South and West Devon

PL6 8DH


Job description

Job responsibilities

For further information about this role please see attached the job description and person specification attached.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For further information about this role please see attached the job description and person specification attached.

Person Specification

Education and qualifications

Essential

  • Full driving licence held for at least one year, with no more than 6 current penalty points.
  • Have a vehicle with current tax, MOT and insurance for your use.

Desirable

  • Current advanced driving qualification.
  • Up to date First Aid Qualification.

Previous experience (Paid/ Unpaid relevant to role)

Essential

  • Previous experience (Paid/ Unpaid relevant to role)

Desirable

  • Previous experience (Paid/ Unpaid relevant to role)

Skills, knowledge, ability

Essential

  • Commitment to volunteering for a minimum of 12 hours a week.
Person Specification

Education and qualifications

Essential

  • Full driving licence held for at least one year, with no more than 6 current penalty points.
  • Have a vehicle with current tax, MOT and insurance for your use.

Desirable

  • Current advanced driving qualification.
  • Up to date First Aid Qualification.

Previous experience (Paid/ Unpaid relevant to role)

Essential

  • Previous experience (Paid/ Unpaid relevant to role)

Desirable

  • Previous experience (Paid/ Unpaid relevant to role)

Skills, knowledge, ability

Essential

  • Commitment to volunteering for a minimum of 12 hours a week.

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.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

Additional information

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

Employer details

Employer name

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

Address

South and West Devon

South and West Devon

PL6 8DH


Employer's website

https://www.swast.nhs.uk (Opens in a new tab)


Employer details

Employer name

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

Address

South and West Devon

South and West Devon

PL6 8DH


Employer's website

https://www.swast.nhs.uk (Opens in a new tab)


For questions about the job, contact:

HR Services Officer

Nick Chown

nick.chown@swast.nhs.uk

Date posted

25 June 2024

Pay scheme

Other

Salary

Depending on experience Unpaid

Contract

Voluntary

Working pattern

Part-time, Home or remote working

Reference number

202- 5150587 - B

Job locations

South and West Devon

South and West Devon

PL6 8DH


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