Volunteer Community First Responder
North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
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North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (NEAS), is looking to expand its team of Community First Responders (CFR) volunteering their time across the North East, supporting patients within their own communities whilst emergency ambulance crews are travelling to the patient.
At present applications are invited from individuals who live in the following areas only:
Redcar,Seaham,Shotton Colliery,Walker,Newbiggin by the Sea,Blakelaw andCornforth/Ferryhill/Tursdale, Ingleby Barwick.
CFRs are deployed to incidents within their community at the same time as an ambulance and provide vital life-saving care and support, or simply a reassuring face, in the crucial minutes between a 999 call being made and the crews arrival.
To become a CFR you must be able to attend and complete the training course delivered over five consecutive days.
Main duties of the job
Community First Responders will generally be asked to respond to emergency calls within their area tn to respond to a medical incident.
They are dispatched at the same time as an ambulance but may arrive first as they are nearer, and can provide early interventions in those crucial first minutes of an emergency. They will deal with a specific list of emergencies, providing care and support to both the patient and their family.
They attend medical emergencies as well as cardiac arrests, where someones heart has stopped beating. Responders operate across the whole of the North East in both rural and urban areas, and are a crucial part of the Chain of Survival.
We employ 3,500 staff in 63 locations and serve a population of 2,600,000 in Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, County Durham, and Tees over 3230 square miles.
Many people think the job of the ambulance service is to collect patients and take them to hospital, but we do much more!
Paramedic skills have developed hugely in recent years, meaning we carry out more treatment at the scene and en-route to hospital.
We have a dedicated clinical assessment service that allows us to provide patients with the most appropriate care from the beginning of the patient journey.
We have a specialised branch of the Trust called HART which deal with explosions or terrorist attacks.
Ultimately patients are the heart of everything that we do to support our mission of "safe, effective and responsive care for all".
We value and respect the diversity employees bring to our workplace. We recruit a workforce that reflects the community we serve, and welcome applications from people from all backgrounds. To ensure we deliver on our aims in relation to diversity and inclusion we assess ourselves against a range of frameworks. We are ENEI Gold employer, Disability Confident Leader, Dyslexia Smart Award employer, Dementia Friendly, and part of Mind Blue Light programme and the Race at Work Charter from the Princes Responsible Business Network and are achieving across all objectives in NHS Equality Delivery System.
Please ensure you take a look at the job description attached for full details of duties and responsibilities.