Emergency Care Assistant

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

The closing date is 17 July 2024

Job summary

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

Please be aware once successful at interview you will be placed into a holding pool to await a base station and start date

About us

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.

Benefits

  • 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

Date posted

03 July 2024

Pay scheme

Agenda for change

Band

Band 3

Salary

£22,816 to £24,336 a year Per Annum

Contract

Permanent

Working pattern

Full-time

Reference number

202-6446443

Job locations

Trustwide (Holding Pool)

Trustwide

EX2 7HY


Job description

Job responsibilities

For further information about this role please see attached the job description and person specification attached. Please be aware that if you are successful at interview you will be placed into a Holding Pool to await a suitable vacancy.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For further information about this role please see attached the job description and person specification attached. Please be aware that if you are successful at interview you will be placed into a Holding Pool to await a suitable vacancy.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Education

Essential

  • Full UK manual driving licence held for at least one year with no current endorsements (a maximum of 6 points are permitted for some offences).
  • Driving licence must contain C1 category (driving vehicle over 3500kg), valid for manual vehicles
Person Specification

Qualifications and Education

Essential

  • Full UK manual driving licence held for at least one year with no current endorsements (a maximum of 6 points are permitted for some offences).
  • Driving licence must contain C1 category (driving vehicle over 3500kg), valid for manual vehicles

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

Trustwide (Holding Pool)

Trustwide

EX2 7HY


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

Trustwide (Holding Pool)

Trustwide

EX2 7HY


Employer's website

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


For questions about the job, contact:

HR Services Team

HR Services - Recruitment

HRServices@swast.nhs.uk

03003690360

Date posted

03 July 2024

Pay scheme

Agenda for change

Band

Band 3

Salary

£22,816 to £24,336 a year Per Annum

Contract

Permanent

Working pattern

Full-time

Reference number

202-6446443

Job locations

Trustwide (Holding Pool)

Trustwide

EX2 7HY


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