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Assistant Ambulance Practitioners & Trainee Emergency Ambulance Crews

Band 4 and Band 5 (Annex 21)

Main area
Emergency Services
Grade
Band 4 and Band 5 (Annex 21)
Contract
Permanent
Hours
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
308-NON-REG-21-04
Site
London
Town
London
Salary
£25,214 - £28,691 per annum inclusive of HCAS
Salary period
Yearly
Closing
27/06/2021 23:59

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.

Job overview

Non-Registrant Clinical Roles

We are currently recruiting to some exciting roles, Assistant Ambulance Practitioners (Band 4) and Trainee Emergency Ambulance Crews (Band 5 Annex 21)!

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.

All applicants need to have minimum 1 year driving experience and a current manual driving licence, valid in the UK, with a maximum of three penalty points. Applicants will be required to have at least a C1 provisional at the time of application. A driving licence summary check will be requested from all applicants at pre-screening stage to evidence this entitlement.

Main duties of the job

Assistant Ambulance Practitioner (Band 4)

Starting salary from: £25,676 per annum inclusive of HCAS

Please note salary will change dependent upon posting location. Upon completion of training, postings will be in: North East, North West and North Central.

As an AAP you will be required to deliver emergency and urgent care to a wide range of patient groups. Where appropriate you will assess and treat patients at the point of contact or refer them on to another healthcare provider. When necessary you will convey patients to treatment centres, hospitals and emergency departments according to their needs. 

Trainee Emergency Ambulance Crew (Band5 Annex21)

Starting salary during training from: £25,214 per annum inclusive of HCAS

Starting salary upon completion of training from: £28,691 per annum inclusive of HCAS

Your exact salary will be depended on whether your training location/ambulance station is Inner or Outer London. If you work unsocial Hours, they are in line with AfC Section 2.

Working for our organisation

The London Ambulance Service NHS Trust adopts a blended approach to clinical education and learning. This means applicants for clinical positions will complete learning and study in a variety of settings, ranging from the classroom to online whilst at home. By accepting an offer of employment with the LAS, you agree to having ongoing access to facilities and internet for digital learning programs.

Short-listed applicants must successfully complete all relevant assessments, in order to progress to interview. Driving and lifting assessments will also be part of this selection process.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Assistant Ambulance Practitioner - Job Description

Key Responsibilities: 

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. 

To perform duties within clinical scope of practice including assessment and delivery of emergency and medical treatment within UK Ambulance Services Clinical Practice Guidelines, operational requirements, Trust policies, protocols and procedures commensurate with this role requesting supervision as appropriate.

To act at all times in the best interest of the patient. When working with a paramedic, or other suitably qualified clinician e.g. Emergency Medical Technician, Emergency Ambulance Crew, in accordance with existing practice and/or HCPC requirements, the paramedic or other suitably qualified clinician, will maintain overall clinical responsibility for the patient. Support and guidance will always be available either on scene by a Paramedic, Clinical Team Manager, other LAS registered healthcare professional or remotely through the clinical hub or Clinical Assessment Service. 

Complete and maintain full, accurate, legible and contemporaneous clinical records for all patients, including patient observations, medical history, treatment provided, drug administration, the context or situation and eventual patient destination.

Based on the assessed needs of the patient where necessary administer prescription only medicines (POMS - Restricted Drugs) in line with the level of training received and Patient Group Directives (PGDs) available. Responsible for the use, movement and security of drug stocks required to fulfil the role. Where appropriate prepare and check drugs to be given by Paramedics, Doctors and other clinicians. 

Ensure that at all times you make informed reasonable decisions including about care delivery and/or options for alternative treatment/ appropriate care pathways. This includes the referral of patients to other healthcare professionals for ongoing treatment and/or follow up via Trust approved decision trees within the Ambulance Practitioner’s scope of practice.

Communication:

Maintain regular communications with 999 Operations regarding updates and changes to personal and/or vehicle availability and movements.

Communicate effectively with patients, colleagues, the public and others in order to elicit information about the patient and their health problem/needs. Gain informed consent before a treatment or intervention is undertaken. Ensure that the communication of information between self, the patient and colleagues, including other health care professionals is accurate, timely, and handled sensitively, clearly, pro-actively and in a manner mindful of safeguarding issues and patient confidentiality.

To communicate confidential health related information to the Patient and relatives where appropriate whilst promoting understanding of the presenting and sometimes distressing condition and providing advice and reassurance with empathy, professionalism, assertiveness and tact. 

Adopt and adapt communications styles to meet the needs of the patient and/or carers, accessing interpreters in a timely manner where the patients’ needs require this. This should include situations where the first language is not English or sign language is required.

Professional and Standards:

Act at all times as an ambassador for the LAS by maintaining high standards of personal conduct reflecting service values.

Comply with the LAS Uniform and Work Wear policy. When in uniform whether on or off duty act in a manner which upholds the values of the LAS and maintains public confidence.

Act only within the limits of the knowledge, skills and experience of the role where necessary referring to others in order to ensure the patient receives optimum care.

Behave at all times with honesty and integrity making sure that public confidence is maintained.

Identify issues of confidence and/or competence to a member of the complex management team, in order to address issues which may affect performance and delivery of patient care in the workplace.

Report all issues which may be affecting personal capability and/or performance as soon as practicable in order that these can be managed and addressed.

Trainee Emergency Ambulance Crew - Job Description

Clinical:

As directed by control services, 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.

Manage own duties within clinical scope of practice including advanced assessment and delivery of emergency and medical treatment within UK Ambulance Services Clinical Practice Guidelines, operational requirements, Trust policies, protocols and procedures commensurate with this role.

Act at all times in the best interest of the patient. When working with a paramedic, in accordance with existing practice and HCPC requirements, the paramedic will maintain overall clinical responsibility for the patient. When working independently support and guidance will be available either on scene by a Paramedic, Clinical Team Manager, other LAS registered healthcare professional or remotely through the clinical hub or Clinical Assessment Centre.

Complete and maintain full, accurate, legible and contemporaneous clinical records for all patients, including patient observations, medical history, treatment provided, drug administration, the context or situation and eventual patient destination.

Based on the assessed needs of the patient where necessary administer prescription only medicines (POMS - Restricted Drugs) in line with the level of training received and Patient Group Directives (PGDs) available. Responsible for the use, movement and security of drug stocks required to fulfil the role. Where appropriate prepare and check drugs to be given by Paramedics, Doctors and other clinicians.

Ensure that at all times you make informed reasonable decisions about care delivery and/or options for alternative treatment/ appropriate care pathways including the referral of patients to other healthcare professionals for ongoing treatment and/or follow up. Only leaving patients on scene when indicated to do so by the Patient Referral Tool.

Communication:

Maintain regular and appropriate communications with Control Services regarding updates and changes to personal and/or vehicle availability and movements.

Communicate effectively with patients, colleagues, the public and others in order to elicit information about the patient and their health problem/needs. Gain informed consent before a treatment or intervention is undertaken. Ensure that the communication of information between self, the patient and colleagues, including other health care professionals is accurate, timely, handled sensitively, clearly, pro-actively and in a manner mindful of safeguarding issues and patient confidentiality. Using ipad to
access appropriate systems, for example, pathfinder, CMC and Datix, input, extract and evaluate information obtained.

To communicate highly sensitive and confidential health related information in distressing circumstances to the Patient and relatives where appropriate whilst promoting understanding of the presenting condition and providing advice and reassurance with empathy, professionalism, assertiveness and tact.

Adopt and adapt communications styles to meet the needs of the patient and/or carers, accessing interpreters in a timely manner where the patients’ needs require this. This should include situations where the first language is not English or sign language is required.

Operate all types of communications equipment provided in accordance with service procedures. 

Professionalism and Standards:

Act at all times as an ambassador for the LAS by maintaining high standards of personal conduct reflecting service values.

Comply with the LAS Uniform and Work Wear policy. When in uniform whether on or off duty act in a manner which upholds the values of the LAS and maintains public confidence.

Act only within the limits of the knowledge, skills and experience of the role where necessary referring to others in order to ensure the patient receives optimum care.

Behave at all times with honesty and integrity making sure that public confidence is maintained.

Identify issues of confidence and/or competence to a member of the complex management team, in order to address issues which may affect performance and delivery of patient care in the workplace.

Report all issues which may be affecting personal capability and/or performance as soon as practicable in order that these can be managed and addressed.

Please refer to Job Descriptions and Person Specifications for further information for each role.

Information Session TEAC/AAP roles on MS Teams.
Date:14-Jun-2021
Time:3pm
Link: Click here to join the meeting

This session will provide guidance of how to make a good application and key elements whilst applying. Please try to attend as this will be beneficial for you, even though you might have applied. We’d like to encourage all interested candidates to participate in this meeting. 

TEAC Assessments & Interviews:

Assessments -  19th July 2021 & 21st July 2021

Interviews - 31st July & 4th August 2021

AAP Assessments & Interviews:

Assessments - 20th July 2021 & 21st July 2021

Interviews - 31st July & 4th August 2021

TEAC Start Date & Training Venue - September 2021 at  East London (Driving Training Venue) and  West London (Clinical Training Venue)

AAP Start Date & Training Venue - October 2021 at West London

 

*C1 Provisional Licence Holders - please note that there is a current delay with the C1 booking process for theory tests*

Person specification

Person Specification

Essential criteria
  • Please refer to the Person Specification for the role interested.

Motiviation Question

Essential criteria
  • Please detail your motivation for applying for the role in the motivation question.
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Applicant requirements

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship here. It is vital that you provide full and accurate details of your current immigration status on the application form. Overseas applicants applying for entry clearance into the UK must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided in continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Guidance can be found here. Not everyone needs a ‘Skilled Worker’ visa. If you are applying for a vacancy in health or adult social care, check if you’re eligible to apply for the Health and Care Worker visa instead. It’s cheaper to apply for and you do not need to pay the annual immigration health surcharge

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.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Name
Recruitment Centre
Job title
Recrutiment
Email address
londamb.Recruitment@nhs.net
Telephone number
02030690260