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Physician Response Unit Emergency Ambulance Crew

Band 4

Main area
Emergency Services
Band 4
Secondment- 1 Year
37.5 Hours Per Week
Job ref
Existing Salary
21/10/2018 23:59

London Ambulance Service NHS Trust is the busiest emergency ambulance service in the UK with over 5,000 staff who works across a wide range of roles. Our service operates over an area of approximately 620 square miles across London based in 70 ambulance stations. 


We serve more than eight million people who live and work in the London area. Our main role is to respond to emergency 999 calls, getting medical help to patients who have serious or life-threatening injuries or illnesses as quickly as possible.


However, many of our patients have less serious illnesses or injuries, and do not need to be sent an ambulance on blue lights and sirens. Often these patients will receive more appropriate care somewhere other than at hospital and so we provide a range of care to them, recognising that many have complex problems or long-term medical conditions. We also provide clinical assessments over the phone to more callers with less serious illnesses and injuries. 


As an integral part of the NHS in London, we work closely with hospitals and other healthcare professionals, as well as with other emergency services. We are also central to planning for, and responding to, large-scale events or major incidents in the capital. 


In everything we do, we are Respectful, Professional, Innovative and Collaborative. 


Respectful - Caring for our Patients and each other with compassion and empathy. Championing quality and diversity. Acting fairly.


Professional - Acting with honesty and integrity. Aspiring to clinical, technical and managerial excellence. Leading by example. Being accountable and outcomes orientated.


Innovative - Thinking creatively. Driving value and sustainable change. Harnessing technology and new ways of working. Taking courageous decisions.


Collaborative: Listening and learning from each other. Working with partners. Being open and transparent. Building trust.

Physician Response Unit Emergency Ambulance Crew Secondment (1 year full time)


We are currently recruiting Emergency Ambulance Crew (EAC)/Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), who are already FRU trained by the advert closing date, for secondment opportunities to the London’s Air Ambulance Physician Response Unit (PRU).


Secondment opportunities exist for 1 year full time.


The PRU is an FRU staffed by an emergency doctor and LAS EAC that responds to 999 calls within East London. It attends a broad range of clinical presentations and, where possible, enables diagnosis and treatment of patients in the community without the need for subsequent Emergency Department (ED) attendance or hospital admission. We are seeking EACs/EMTs who are enthusiastic, motivated team players with commitment to develop their clinical careers and new skills to join the PRU.


Successful candidates will have excellent interpersonal communication and social skills and will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the background and function of the PRU and how it impacts the LAS, local EDs and the local community.


Applicants will be able to demonstrate a good knowledge of and commitment to using acute and non-acute appropriate care pathways. Ultimately the focus is on providing the best possible care to the patients of East London with a specific emphasis to take the Emergency Department to the patient.


Whilst this role is primarily targeted at initiating care prior to arrival at hospital, treating patients in the community and accessing alternative care pathways in primary care there will also be educational development opportunities. It is an excellent development opportunity to gain greater clinical assessment skills and become familiar with a range of diagnostic and therapeutic interventions such as point-of-care blood tests, advanced woundcare, urine tests, and a broad range of emergency medications. The PRU offers a rich learning opportunity to gain experience in the care and assessment of the full range of emergency presentations from critical care to urgent care. The PRU EAC will be expected to contribute actively to the delivery of clinical care, assist with decision-making, triage and scene-management.


Due to the HEMS insurance restrictions, you must be 25 years or over by the advert closing date and not have more than three penalty points on your driving licence.


Please note that you must discuss your application with your Group Station Manager (or equivalent) to ensure they support your application and will release you for the duration of the secondment. At the shortlisting stage of the process a reference request will be sent to your authorising manager to confirm this.


Successful candidates will be paid at the relevant EAC AfC Band 4 spine point,  inner high cost area supplement (pro rata). The rota will be a mixture of 12 hour day shifts, either on the PRU which is based at the Royal London Hospital or on an LAS FRU based at Shoreditch Ambulance Station, relief shifts and training hours.


Applications to be submitted via Trac Jobs with a closing date of midnight Sunday 21st October 2018.  


Please ensure you answer each pre application question in as much detail as possible as this is what you will be shortlisted against.


If your application is shortlisted you will be invited to attend an interview week commencing the 5th November 2018.


If you have any questions please contact the PRU Clinical Manager Bill Leaning for an informal discussion (

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Applicant requirements

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the resident labour market test. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UKVI website. From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) will also be subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks for Overseas Applicants.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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