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HART Operative

Band 6

Main area
Band 6
37.5 Hours Per Week
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Clock Tower Road, Middlesex, TW7
£28,050 - £36,644 pa plus £4207 -£5496 HCAS & Unsocial Hours
30/07/2018 23:59
Interview date

London Ambulance Service NHS Trust is the busiest emergency ambulance service in the UK with over 4,500 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.

HART Operative

Hazardous Area Response Team (HART- West) – Operatives

Applications are invited from existing Registered Paramedic’s to join the London Ambulance Service NHS Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team. These posts are offered on a permanent basis (Salary Band 6).

The Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) is the generic term applied to staff recruited and trained specifically to operate within the inner cordon at an incident (“hot zone”) or in hazardous environments. “Hot Zone” is defined as:

“The Hot Zone is an area within the Inner Cordon where high concentrations of a substance are present and specific procedures and protocols, including Dynamic Risk Assessments, controlled access and egress and the wearing of appropriate levels of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) are required. Dependent on the type and nature of the hazard this area may contain live casualties who will need to be treated and prioritised for decontamination and evacuation” (National HART Work Standard Operating Procedures).

All HART Operatives will receive training for the Incident Response Unit (IRU). In addition, staff may at some point in the future also receive training for Urban Search & Rescue (USAR), and other courses pertinent to the full range of HART Capabilities. HART Operatives are expected to be able to work in highly pressurized environments. Appropriate training, equipment and Personal Protective Equipment will be provided to mitigate against any risks, but individuals will need to be mentally and physically resilient to undertake the role.

All applicants must have significant post-qualification ambulance operational experience. You will need to be a Registered Paramedic with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) and have successfully completed a HCPC approved paramedic programme. You will need to demonstrable evidence of practice within the last 12 months. You will also need a current manual driving licence, valid in the UK and covering category C1 vehicles. You must have no more than three penalty points and at least two years’ driving experience. Beyond that, a dedicated approach to providing top quality care to others could well see you into one of the most satisfying and highly respected roles in the community.

It will be necessary to demonstrate competence in team working, self-discipline, communication skills, adaptability, planning skills and decision making. Candidates must also have a high level of physical fitness, be a competent swimmer and the selection process involves a physical competence assessment. Further details relating to this assessment can be obtained by contacting David Leach, on 07717806040

Due to the nature of the work and the constraints of the personal protective equipment, including gas-tight suits and extended duration breathing apparatus, a more stringent medical standard must be met.

All aspects of the recruitment and selection process must be successfully completed. Applications will be short-listed against the requirements of the role, including initial health screening. Those taken forward will be subject to an optical assessment, occupational health medical, physical fitness assessment, clinical assessment, competency based interview and DBS check.

Clinical Assessments & Physical Competence Assessments (working at height, confined space, Physical fitness, face fit, swim). These will take place over a 5 day period – dates to be confirmed. Possibly W/C- 20th Aug 2018

Attendance required at all assessment days pending successful completion of each assessment stage.

Interviews - 5th and 7th September.

National EDBA & PPE Courses - If you are successful for this post, you will need to be available for a 6 weeks residential course

                     Starting EDBA - 29th Oct. 2018 (2 weeks)

                      IRU   - 19th Nov. 2018 (4 weeks)

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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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David Leach


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