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Assistant Ambulance Practitioner

Band 4

Main area
Emergency Services
Band 4
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Various locations across London
£26,447 - £28,780 per annum inclusive of HCAS
Salary period
09/10/2022 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

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. 


Main duties of the job

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


Career Progression:

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.


Job description

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:

  • 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.                                                                                                                             

Person specification

Qualifications, Accreditations, Education

Essential criteria
  • Full UK B-Class driving license
Desirable criteria
  • Level 2 numeracy and literacy or equivalent


Essential criteria
  • 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
Desirable criteria
  • Knowledge of Health and Safety issues

Knowledge and Skills

Essential criteria
  • 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
Desirable criteria
  • Driving experience in London or other large cities
  • Experience of driving large vehicles of C1 category or above

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Applicant requirements

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

Nathan Dorrington
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