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Community First Responder - Wiltshire

Job Description

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) was the first Ambulance Trust in the country registered as a NHS Foundation Trust (FT) demonstrating the highest levels of service quality, performance and financial management. Delivering high performing emergency and urgent care and NHS 111 services to the residents and transient population of Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, Devon, Dorset and Somerset. In February 2013, the Trust acquired Great Western Ambulance Service NHS Trust and also provides services in Avon, Gloucester and Wiltshire.

SWASFT offers consistent high-quality, locally responsive and trusted care to patients, ensuring long-term sustainability and financial strength for the future.

Exciting volunteering opportunities have arisen within South Western Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust for Community First Responders to join the Community First Responder Schemes within the Wiltshire community.

We welcome applicants from throughout Wiltshire; however we are particularly interested in people from the following areas: Chippenham, Corsham, Lyneham, Malmesbury, RWB, Wroughton, and Marlborough.

Please be aware, if there is not currently a Community First Responder scheme running within a 3 mile radius of your home postcode you will not be short listed.

Should you wish to respond from your work place please detail this in the additional information section.

A Community First Responder scheme is made up of groups of volunteers who within the community in which they live or work have been trained to attend emergency calls on behalf of South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust and to provide basic life support until the arrival of an emergency ambulance, 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

As a volunteer and member of this Community First Responder Scheme you would provide this community based service, willingly and without pay. This role is highly rewarding and offers opportunities to meet new people and learn valuable lifesaving skills through the training provided by South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust.

Applicants will have a good all round education; a full clean driving license held for at least one year, with no more than 3 current penalty points and has a vehicle with current tax, MOT and insurance for your use. Following shortlisting, applicants will be invited to attend a formal interview whereby they will be expected to have some knowledge of the role and South Western Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust.

When applying for this position, please also be aware that you must be able to attend the following interview dates and four day training course:

Interviews are scheduled to be held in Chippenham on the 15th 16th and 17th of November 2016.

The four day training course is scheduled to be held in Chippenham on the 3rd, 4th, 10th and 11th December 2016.

Offers of Community First Responder roles will be subject to satisfactory completion of pre-employment checks, which consist of Occupational Health clearance, references to cover 3 years, and Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly CRB) clearance.

Any documents attached to this advert must be downloaded and emailed to ( Email address removed ) or posted to the HR Services team, SWAST HQ, Abbey Court, Eagle Way, Exeter, EX2 7HY. Applications received without these completed documents may not be shortlisted. Please note that some vacancies may not have any relevant attachments.


South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust reserve the right to close this vacancy early, should we receive sufficient applications.

If you are shortlisted for this post, we will normally send you a direct email to the address entered on your application form.

We will also send messages through your NHS Jobs account, to keep you updated on your application process. To access emails from us via NHS Jobs, please log into your account, and go to 'My Applications'.

I am sure that you will appreciate the financial pressures on NHS organisations and our desire to prioritise resources into patient care. Whilst we would wish to respond to all correspondence, we are unable to contact candidates who have not been shortlisted for interview. If you do not hear from us within 4 weeks of the closing date, you should assume that you have not been successful on this occasion.

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust is working towards equal opportunities. Due to under representation within the Trust we would particularly welcome applications from minority ethnic groups, women and those with a disability.

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