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Associate Ambulance Practitioner Relief (Technician)

Job Description

The Trust reserves the right to close this vacancy before the advertised closing date if a large number of applications are received. If you would like to apply for this position then please keep this information in mind when preparing your submission.

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East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Associate Ambulance Practitioner Relief (Technician)

375 hours per week

Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Essex, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk


£19,217 - £22,458 pa

N.B. Please ensure that your application relates to the essential criteria in the person specification

Are you are a highly motivated, passionate and caring professional and want to become part of an innovative, responsive, community focused and patient driven service? If so, apply to be an Associate Ambulance Practitioner with the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust. This exciting new role is clinically-lead and patient–focused to deliver clinical excellence, improve clinical outcomes, ensure patient safety and provide a positive patient experience.

It is important to note that recruitment to, and delivery of, this course remains subject to the successful validation of the programme by the awarding body in early 2016

Successful individuals will undertake up to 18 weeks of initial training and supervision in front line Ambulance Operations. This will include a four week emergency driving course. The course will include time spent attending classroom based learning, self-study, online learning, and practical simulation. You will be expected to undertake a range of written and practical assessments and will include completion of a portfolio of evidence, as well as dedicated clinical placement time with EEAST. It is anticipated that the full course will be completed in 12 – 18 months from start date of employment. Following successful completion of the full course, a portfolio, and operational duties, candidates will be awarded a Level 4 qualification against the Qualifications Credit Framework (QCF). Upon successful completion of the AAP programme, this qualification can be used against career development pathways, should applicants wish to apply for student paramedic in the future.

During your training you are expected to undertake a significant amount of personal study during the course (which is not eligible for payment of overtime or time in lieu). In return, students are given the opportunity to develop their skills, knowledge and aptitude as a clinician and are supported to develop academically, vocationally and operationally.

Applicants must be mobile, willing to travel, and will be expected to attend the Trust Education Centres and operational placements, when and where required. There is no provision for accommodation or travel expenses.

Individuals’ who feel that they are ready to make this exciting and challenging career move and can demonstrate they share our values, are encouraged to apply. Applicants should be highly motivated with a strong desire to succeed and be ready to work at a high academic level. What we can offer is a truly rewarding role as part of a team committed to saving lives and serving the needs of our communities.

Applicants must:

  • Evidence a minimum of 5 GCSEs of grade C or above of which two must be Maths, English or Science (alternative equivalent and relevant qualifications may be accepted).
  • Be able to demonstrate a high degree of physical fitness by successfully meeting our fitness assessment standards and work health assessment check.
  • Have their own transport, and a full UK manual vehicle driving licence with one year driving experience (on a full UK licence). Please note a maximum of 3 points will be considered for a minor motoring offence only.
  • Category C1 (manual vehicle) on your driving licence is essential in order to start on the Associate Ambulance Practitioner programme. Applicants without Provisional or Full C1 who are successful in the recruitment and selection process will be required to obtain Provisional C1 before being allocated to a training course, and must achieve FULL C1 before you begin a training course. You will not start your employment with the Trust without full C1 on your licence.

Candidates will need to demonstrate a determination to provide the highest standards of customer care to the public that we serve, ensuring that all patients have the right care, at the right time in the right place. For an informal discussion on this post, please contact the HR Services Team on  ( Phone number removed ) .

The recruitment and selection process will consist of the following:

  • Shortlisting against essential criteria in Person Specification
  • Literacy, Numeracy and Highway Code Assessment
  • Interview, Driving and Fitness Assessment
  • Pre-employment checks in line with the NHS Employment Check Standards
  • Evidence of your academic achievements to meet the essential criteria for the role

Candidates will not be offered a start date unless all elements are successfully completed.

Disclosure and Barring Service check

This position involves regulated activity which will require a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check at enhanced level. The disclosure will, where appropriate to the role, include information against the DBS Barred Lists for working with adults and children. This organisation has a recruiting people with criminal convictions policy which can be found attached. All new starters are required to take responsibility for joining the DBS Update Service, at the point of e-DBS application, and bear the cost of annual subscription (currently £13 per annum) whilst employed by EEAST.

Closing date for applications: 31st August 2016 or on receipt of 250 applications.


All references from current and previous employers, will be sought via their Human Resources Department and must cover a minimum of 3 years employment. Therefore, when completing the reference section of your application form, please give the address, telephone number and email address of the Human Resources Department and indicate your current/previous line manager and their departmental details.

All appointments will be subject to currently having a clean disciplinary record.

Please be advised that a No Smoking Policy is in operation throughout the Trust.

Guaranteed Interview Scheme - Under the Trust's commitment 'Positive about Disabled People', if you consider yourself as having a disability and you meet the minimum selection criteria for any post, you will get an automatic interview. By minimum selection criteria we mean that you must provide us with evidence in your application form which demonstrates the essential requirements as set out in the person specification and advertisement for a post.

We aim to represent and value the diversity of our local communities through our workforce and service provision. We therefore positively encourage applications, regardless of age, race, religion & belief, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marriage & civil partnership, pregnancy & maternity or disability.

If you have a disability and wish to send in an alternative format of the application form please contact the HR Services Team on  ( Phone number removed ) 

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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