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Paramedic- Tactical Response Unit

Band 6

Main area
Band 6
37.5 Hours Per Week
Job ref
Clock Tower Road and Cody Road
£32,257 - £41,308 pa INC
31/10/2018 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.

Cody Road, E16 and Clock Tower Road, Isleworth

Band 6 plus appropriate Outer London High Cost Area Supplement and unsocial hours payment up to 25%

**Applicants must be trained and currently qualified as a solo responder**

The Tactical Response Unit forms part of the response element of the Department for Resilience and Specialist Assets, which ensures that the London Ambulance Service prepares, trains and exercises for potential incidents and events. Emerging threats over the past few years have led to the creation of the Tactical Response Unit who, alongside delivering high quality patient care on a day to day basis, receive additional training and equipment to be able to work as part of a multi-agency team to respond to specific firearms incidents, should the need arise. The Tactical Response Unit also supports some of the wider EPRR functions at events and incidents.

Key elements of the role of a Paramedic within the tactical response Unit are:


  • Undertaking the full range of core operational duties on response cars and ambulances
  • Working as part of a multi-agency team to deliver specific response capabilities in challenging environments
  • Undertaking Joint Response Unit shifts as part of the partnership working with the Metropolitan Police Service, responding directly to Police generated calls
  • Working as part of a Medical Response Team, responding in crowded places and at events and incidents
  • Supporting the wider EPRR Department through roles such as; Command Support Vehicle driver, Loggist, and SORT Operative

Applications are currently being invited from suitably qualified and experienced Band 6 Paramedics who are interested in carrying out this role within EPRR. Candidates will need to read the attached role profile, and demonstrate how they meet each of the criteria in their application.

Those successful through shortlisting of their application will then be invited to an assessment centre and interview. Candidates will need to be free to attend an assessment centre during the week commencing 3rd December 2018 and an interview during the week commencing 10th December 2018. (Both of these weeks still to be confirmed)

The assessment centre will comprise the following assessments:

  • Clinical Knowledge Paper
  • Major Incident Paper
  • ALS Scenario
  • Various Practical Assessments
  • Physical Competency Assessment

Working as part of a multi-disciplinary team in the warm zone of a firearms incident can be mentally and physically demanding. Although appropriate training, equipment and Personal Protective Equipment will be provided to mitigate against any risks, individuals will need to be both mentally and physically resilient to undertake this role. Therefore the assessment centre will involve a physical competency assessment which will assess stamina, flexibility and manual dexterity while working in PPE.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

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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Further details / informal visits contact

For any further questions, or for an informal discussion about the role, please contact Nick Osborne, Operations Officer (07717 807613) or Kay Dark, Training Officer (07909 916049)

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