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Full Time
£28,050 - £36,644 / year
NHS Band 6/7

Job Description

The Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) is a capability within the ambulance service required to provide paramedic level care to patients caught within hazardous situations and subsequently increasing their chances of survival. These situations may be large scale major incidents or they may include more routine incidents involving working at height, difficult access or in water. In addition to the extensive additional training in specialist capabilities and working within safe systems of work, HART Paramedics become proficient in the use of a wide range of specialist protective clothing and incident management equipment.

We are looking for paramedics to join the South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust Hazardous Area Response Team as a HART Operative.

As a HART Operative you will respond to complex and possibly protracted incidents. You will deliver paramedic interventions through key HART capability areas:

  • Hazardous Materials incidents.
  • Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives (CBRNe)
  • Marauding Terrorist Firearms
  • Safe Working at Height
  • Confined Space
  • Unstable Terrain
  • Water Operations
  • Support to Security Operations

SCAS HART is based in Eastleigh, near Southampton, Hampshire and all new candidates will go through extensive formal training before deploying as part of the operational unit. We would like the successful candidate to commence with the HART unit from 4th February 2019 for 6 weeks. Please ensure you are available from these dates as the course cannot be moved.

The selection day will take place on 2nd January 2019 and interviews will followon 3rd and 4th January 2018.
Detailed information regarding the criteria required for a HART Operative is available within the Job Description and Person Specification, however, some of the essential criteria are:

  • HCPC Registered Paramedic, with extensive operational experience
  • Emergency Driving Qualification
  • Ability to communicate both verbally and in writing with people at all levels
  • Evidence of a proactive approach to own CPD and development of professional practice
  • You will be able to demonstrate competence in team working, self-discipline, communication skills, adaptability, planning skills and decision making.
  • You must have a good level of fitness be comfortable working at height and in confined spaces and be capable of swimming 100 metres as a minimum.
  • It is essential you weigh less than 107kg for operational reasons.
  • You must not suffer from lung function difficulties or breathing conditions including asthma which is inhaler dependent for treatment.

Applicants should be aware that HART is both a national and local ambulance capability. In the event of large scale incidents or exercises, staff may occasionally be required to work nationally anywhere in the UK.

Before applying you should consider whether or not HART is a role for you by visiting the National Ambulance Resilience Unit website.

For further information or an informal discussion, please contact David Findlay, SCAS HART Manager: [Click here to apply], or [Click here to apply]

Please note that we reserve the right to close this vacancy when we have received sufficient numbers of applications.

We actively support applications from members of the BME community.

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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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