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Full Time
£17,787 - £20,448 / year
NHS Band 3

Job Description

Are you thinking about 2019 and what you want for the future? Is it time to take control of your career and make the next step into a role where you will genuinely make a difference every time you come to work?

New Year = New Career

Emergency Care Assistants (ECA) work in a challenging but rewarding role that provides essential support to our qualified clinical practitioners in responding to Accidents, Emergencies and Urgent Care requirements of the public.

We are looking for people who can demonstrate our values of Caring – Team Work – Professionalism and Innovation in all they do, so if you have experience of remaining calm under pressure, can demonstrate your caring and compassionate nature and don’t mind working shifts, then we want to hear from you now!

Driving is an essential skill for this role, so you will need a full, current, manual driving licence, with no more than 3 points and have B and C1 categories. (We will accept C1 Provisional but this MUST be on your licence at point of application and your C1 test MUST be passed at least one month before your course date). We also ask that you have a minimum of 3 GCSE’s which includes Maths, English and one other graded C or above or equivalent qualifications. We also can accept relevant experience such as Combat Medical, Care, Patient Transport or a similar patient facing role.

You must be able to commit to the 9 week training programme which consists of a full corporate induction, clinical training which includes basic life support skills, moving and handling and assisting the Paramedic. Our training takes place at one of our Education Centres in Bicester, Otterbourne or Newbury and a 4 week driver training course including Blue Light conditions is run from our Education Centre in Newbury. (Training is non-residential, we do not provide mileage or accommodation during your training period)

Once you have successfully completed your training, you will continue on to a six months operationally monitored assessment-training programme, which is monitored locally by your Team Leader.

In return, we offer:

  • • Opportunity to apply to be a student paramedic and other career development
  • • Access to apply for other continual professional development
  • • Access to apply for other educational qualifications
  • • Occupational Health support along with an Employee Assistance Programme
  • • Access to NHS negotiated discounts

Helpful tips and useful information
If you clearly demonstrate that you meet the essential criteria then we will invite you to an assessment at Bicester or Newbury. This will include a driving assessment in a larger, manual, van-sized vehicle. If you have not driven a larger vehicle before or for a while, we recommend that you practice this prior to attending to give you a better chance of showing your driving competency on the day.

Please read the person specification and job description carefully and make sure that all the minimum requirements are clearly noted on your application form in the correct place.

Please demonstrate how you are suitable for this role and how you meet the person specification by detailing in your supporting statement in no more than approximately 300 words.

If you have recently applied for this role with us and not been successful, we would ask that you wait at least three to six months before reapplying to ensure sufficient time to work on your feedback.

We will close the advert as soon as we reach the required number of applications – so don’t delay apply now!

Good luck and we look forward to receiving your application.

We actively support applications from members of the BME community.

Communications regarding your application will be sent via NHS Jobs to your inbox. Please ensure that you are able to access your inbox on a regularly to check for e-mails relating to your application otherwise this may delay the process (and we don’t want that!)

Please provide e-mail addresses/contact details for your referees so we can contact them easily.

We do require at least three years’ worth of references (with no gaps) from at least two different referees. We require references from all employers within this time-frame, if you do not provide sufficient information in the referencing section of your application form, we will take this information from the Employment History section of your form and will go directly to previous employers via their HR departments. 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 (based on full time hours) plus bank holidays.

All employees are automatically enrolled in NEST or the NHS Pension scheme.

We operate 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 and meet the minimum shortlisting criteria for the post will be invited for the next stage of the recruitment process.

We aim to represent the diversity of our local communities and positively encourage applications regardless of age, race or ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, religion or belief.

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