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Specialist Practitioner (Nurse/ Paramedic)-Buckinghamshire posted by South Central Ambulance Service

Full Time
£33,222 - £43,041 / year
NHS Band 7

Job Description

For those individuals who join the Trust and are based to specific stations (Wexham or High Wycombe) you will receive £1,000 upon joining. In addition to this you will also receive £1,000 if you stay at your allocated station for 12 months post training (i.e. when you have finished in training and 3rd manning). Please note that these sums are subject to the usual deductions of tax and NI.  

In addition to this, we can also offer you up to £1,500 relocation expenses for these stations (High Wycombe, Wexham). Relocation expenses will be reimbursed in line with the Trusts relocation procedure and only upon receipts.  

South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS) covers the counties of Hampshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, an area of c. 4,600 square miles with a resident population of approximately four million. SCAS continues to be a leader in innovative health care delivery focused on delivering the right care at the right time to our patients. We are committed to delivering high levels of expert, pre-hospital healthcare and lead the way with urgent care service delivery. 

Key to the delivery of these services is the continuing expansion of specialist clinical roles, one of which is the Specialist Practitioner (Paramedic/Nurse in Urgent Care), previously named Emergency Care Practitioner. This role helps us to provide high quality, patient-focused care and to support clinical leadership across the operational teams. We are therefore seeking applications from registered paramedics and nurses who have the relevant pre-hospital operational clinical experience and hold a Specialist qualification or equivalent.

We are looking for qualified practitioners who are enthusiastic, dynamic and highly motivated. Applicants need to be excellent communicators with effective influencing and negotiating skills. You will be working with multi-disciplinary teams across the NHS landscape in order to ensure that appropriate care is provided for patients.

 NURSES- Not worked in Pre-Hospital Care before but would like to? We have developed a Pre-Hospital Conversion Course to prepare you for working in the out of hospital emergency care environment. The 12-week course covers emergency driving, classroom based clinical course and supervised practice with Work Based Assessments. All you require is to meet the driving licence requirements and have experience in emergency care and have a suitable practitioner qualification.

Specialist Paramedics/Nurses will use their knowledge and skills to independently provide healthcare, focused in particular to patients with minor illnesses or injuries, long term conditions and other urgent care needs. As part of this role, new and exciting opportunities have arisen for rotational and collaborative working partnerships across the wider health care system; these include urgent care, primary care and community care settings.

The Specialist will be responsible for the care of the patient including assessment, diagnosis, treatment, discharge and/or referral. The Specialist will be responsible for administering and supplying medicines, in line with Patient Group Directions.

 You will be expected to demonstrate evidence of taking personal responsibility for your own professional development, clinical leadership in an operational environment and have a strong desire to support and guide colleagues in other clinical roles. Applicants should be able to display sound clinical knowledge including evidence of history-taking and clinical triage in a sensitive manner, providing assessment, advice and treatment in line with clinical protocols and using professional judgement, and to show that they can work as part of a team or autonomously. 

Main requirements for nurses:

  • B-category driving licence (max 3 penalty points)
  • Immediate Life Support (Manual) or ALS qualification
  • Practitioner qualification that includes Minor Injury and Illness (level 7)
  • Demonstrable experience of working as a practitioner in Urgent & Emergency care
  • Ideally (but not essential) have some experience of pre-hospital care / event medicine or undertaken observer shifts with an ambulance service

Main requirements for paramedics:

  • B/C1-category driving licence (max 3 penalty points)
  • Immediate Life Support (Manual) or ALS qualification
  • Practitioner qualification that includes Minor Injury and Illness (level 7)
  • Demonstrable experience of working as a practitioner in Urgent & Emergency care

For further information or if you wish to discuss any element of this role please contact the following via email:

Specialist Practitioner Manager: Craig Barlow {Email Removed}

The interviews are planned for 5th and 13th March but these dates might change depending on the number of applications.

Shortlisted candidates will be required to undertake an ILS assessment, a panel interview including a short presentation as well as a driving assessment; If applicable, they will be required to demonstrate how their equivalent qualification is applicable to the role and undertake the above assessments.

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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