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London Ambulance Service NHS Trust
The London Ambulance Service NHS Trust (LAS) is the largest free ambulance service in the world, caring for more than one-and-a-half million patients every year.
We are the only London-wide NHS Trust and are at the frontline of the NHS in the capital. We serve an area of approximately 620 square miles. Broadly speaking, this is the whole area within the M25.
We have two main functions - the provision of an Accident and Emergency service to respond to 999 calls and our Patient Transport Service, which performs an important role in taking patients to and from their hospital appointments.
In addition, we also manage the Emergency Bed Service, which co-ordinates registers of specialised care facilities available across London, along with some national monitoring services.
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Assistant Ambulance Practitioner
Closed for applications on: 10-Oct-2022 00:01
Vacancy status: Closed
Closed for applications on: 10-Oct-2022 00:01
- Various locations across London
- SE1 8SD
- Major / Minor Region
Contract type & working pattern
- Full time - 37.5 hours per week
- £26,447 - £28,780 per annum inclusive of HCAS
- Salary period
- (Band 4)
- Main area
- Emergency Services
London Ambulance Service covers an area of 620 sq. miles, serves one of the world’s most dynamic and diverse cities and is the busiest ambulance service in the UK. We handle over 1.9 million emergency calls from across the capital and attend more than 1.2 million incidents every single year as well as delivering a 24 hour NHS 111 Integrated Urgent Care Service in South East and North East London that we estimate will respond to around 1.4million urgent care calls by the end of the year.
We employ over 8,000 people who work or volunteer, across London to respond to the health needs of over eight million people who live, work and travel in the capital. We work closely with our NHS partners and are commissioned by 32 clinical commissioning groups spread across 5 sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs) and NHS England for our specialist services. We work alongside London’s hospital, mental health and specialist trusts, as well as the five STPs across Greater London.
In addition we work in partnership with the other emergency services, London’s Air Ambulance and London’s Resilience Forums to make sure we are ready and prepared to respond to major incidents and ensure we keep Londoners safe.
As the only pan-London NHS provider we have a unique opportunity to play a leading role in integrating access to emergency and urgent care right across London.
By 2023 we will improve outcomes and experiences for all our patients by providing the right care to patients at the right time, and in the most cost effective way. This will mean up to 122,000 fewer patients being taken to emergency departments when their needs could be better met in a different way, and we will deliver significant efficiencies in avoided costs to the urgent and emergency care sector.
We are recruiting to Assistant Ambulance Practitioners!
Would you like to become a paramedic within 4 years, whilst earning a salary and gaining on-the-job experience? If so, you may find the below interesting!
The Assistant Ambulance Practitioner role is an entry route role to become a paramedic.
As an Assistant Ambulance Practitioner you will deliver emergency and urgent care to a wide range of patients. Where appropriate, you will assess and treat patients at the point of contact or refer them onto another healthcare provider in conjunction with other ambulance clinicians. When
necessary you will convey them to treatment centres, hospitals and emergency departments, according to their needs.
You will need to demonstrate your ability to work and communicate effectively with people from diverse backgrounds, handle stressful situations, be flexible in your approach and have basic computer skills. In addition you be required to demonstrate in your application and at interview how you meet the Trust values and behaviours.
The AAP role is an entry route role to becoming a paramedic, London Ambulance Service funds all training.
Our training education centres are based at Dockside and Brentford.
As an Assistant Ambulance Practitioner you will undertake a 12-week induction programme provided by our Clinical Education and Standards team in Newham or Brentford, followed by a further 26 weeks in a clinical practice where you will be supported by an experienced Practice Placement Mentor (you will be posted to a group station in one of our London sectors).
On successful completion, you will receive a level 3 diploma in Ambulance Emergency and Urgent Care Support and a level 3 certificate in Emergency Response Ambulance Driving.
Other essential and desirable criteria can be found on the job description.
Working for our organisation
Once you join the London Ambulance Service as an Assistant Ambulance Practitioner, you will have the opportunity to progress via our in-house training program. Within 4 years, you can become a Newly Qualified Paramedic via our Paramedic Degree Apprenticeship; London Ambulance Service funds all training.
Stage 1 - Level 3 Diploma in Ambulance Emergency & Urgent Care Support
Stage 2 - Level 4 Diploma Associate Ambulance Practitioner
Stage 3 - Degree Apprentice Paramedic Program - Newly Qualified Paramedic
Benefits to working for London Ambulance Service:
- Competitive annual leave package
- Overtime opportunities (1.5x hourly rate)
- Emergency service discount
- Funding for c1 theory & practical test
- Access to comprehensive welfare support
- Working for a diverse organisation
- NHS Pension Scheme
- Car Lease Scheme
- Keyworker Living and Housing Options
Detailed job description and main responsibilities
Starting salary: £26,447 inclusive of Outer High Cost Allowance (HCAS). Our Education Centres are based in Outer London. After training salary will be £26,447 if posted Outer London. £27,157 if posted Inner London.
What we can offer: As an AAP you will be working with very established and experienced team, you will receive hands on experience across the spectrum in the service, training and continued professional development to further enhance your clinical skills.
Our training education centres are based at Dockside and Brentford, please see our MAP of sectors attached for areas in which we operate.
All applicants need to have a current B class driving licence, valid in the UK.
Please note - you are not required to hold C1 status at time of application however, we encourage you to apply for this, see further information via the following link: https://www.gov.uk/become-lorry-bus-driver/applying-for-a-bus-or-lorry-provisional-entitlement
- Clinical: As directed by 999 Operations, respond as a crew to emergency calls and convey patients to treatment centres, hospitals or emergency departments as and when appropriate. This will involve using blue light driving skills as appropriate.
- Communication: Maintain regular and appropriate communications with 999 Operations regarding updates and changes to personal and/or vehicle availability and movements.
- Professional and Standards: Act at all times as an ambassador for the LAS by maintaining high standards of personal conduct reflecting service values.
Please note - all applicants need to be aged 18 years + (in line with legislation).
Please see JD for further information.
London Ambulance Service NHS Trust is a member of the Business Disability Forum and is a Disability Confident Committed Employer.
For more information on our equalities strategy, please visit our website and review our current equalities strategy.
In addition to the basic salary for all Agenda for Change posts, London Ambulance Service NHS Trust in line with the NHS Agenda for Change provides 15% or 20% High Cost Area Supplement (HCAS) dependant on the location of your role. The supplement is subject to minimum and maximum payment.
High Cost Area Supplement (HCAS) for part time employee will be based on the part time salary.
Correspondence regarding an application will be done via email to all job applicants. Please ensure you provide a current e-mail address on the job application form and please check your email inbox regularly.
If you are successful at interview and offered employment, your personal details will also be transferred into the national NHS Electronic Staff Records system.
Pre-employment checks will be required for all applicants who are issued with a conditional offer of employment. This includes Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) checks as required for the post and registration with the DBS update service. Documents presented for the purpose of Identity Checks will be verified for authenticity via an ID Scanner. The security features to be checked include machine readable zone, ultra violet image and infra-red image.
The London Ambulance Service NHS Trust reserves the right to close adverts before the published closing date due to high volumes of applications received.
If you do not hear back from us within four weeks of the advert closing date, please assume that you have not been successful at the shortlisting stage.
This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.
Qualifications, Accreditations, Education
- Full UK B-Class driving license
- Level 2 numeracy and literacy or equivalent
- Demonstrable interpersonal communication and social skills (including non-verbal)
- Adaptability and flexibility when dealing with others
- Potential and willingness for organisational change
- Demonstrable ability to handle stressful/sensitive situations with tact, diplomacy and assertiveness
- Demonstrable ability to work on own initiative
- Potential and willingness for personal change with the ability and commitment to learn new skills
- Ability to interact effectively with people from diverse backgrounds
- Good verbal and written communication skills
- Basic computer skills
- Knowledge of Health and Safety issues
Knowledge and Skills
- Ability to undertake manual handling, including lifting and manoeuvring of patients and heavy equipment as required
- Medical clearance DVLA Group 2 Standards
- Full current manual driving licence, valid in the UK, with a maximum of 3 penalty points, these will then be assessed based on the conviction codes to decide if acceptable
- Driving experience in London or other large cities
- Experience of driving large vehicles of C1 category or above
Further details / informal visits contact
- Nathan Dorrington
- Job title
- Recruitment Advisor
- Email address
- Telephone number