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HART Team Operative

Job Description

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

Hazard Area Response Team (HART) Operatives – HCPC Paramedics

Salary: AFC Band 5 Salary £21,909- £28,462 plus up to 25% USH per annum
Hours: 375 per week
Location: Ashford Make Ready Centre

Would you like to use your clinical skills in the most challenging of environments?

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) is passionate about patient care and is at the fore front of clinical innovation. We are committed to delivering a world class service to the people of Kent, Surrey and Sussex through harnessing innovation, embracing change and developing new roles and services.

HART is expanding in SECAmb and we are therefore seeking candidates who are currently operating as HCPC Registered Paramedics in a frontline A+E ambulance setting, with one of the following qualifications, IHCD Paramedic Award, BTECH Level 4, BSc, DipHE or FdSc to train as HART Operatives.

If you hold a Paramedic Science Degree or similar higher education qualification and have six months operational post preceptorship experience, we would welcome your application.

Hazard Area Response Team (HART) is a continuing national initiative led by the Department of Health, which enables clinical care to be delivered in areas previously inaccessible to the Ambulance Service.

HART Operatives respond to potentially protracted incidents of a Chemical, Biological, Radiation and Nuclear (CBRN) and Hazardous Material (HAZMAT) nature; structural collapse, confined space rescue, major transportation incidents, incidents requiring working at height, trench collapse and rescue incidents involving complex entrapment.

The team may also be called upon to provide specialist clinical support and knowledge within an Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) (Paramedics only) situation.

In addition to specific HART related work, Operatives will respond as an operational resource, as required, to meet the needs of the Trust.

You will have to demonstrate competence in team working, self discipline, communication, adaptability, planning, and decision making. It is also a prerequisite that you are fully committed to the HART project in the longer term.

As part of the application process we expect you to make efforts to find out more about HART and think carefully about whether this is a role for you.

The selection process will consist of:-

Internal reference form completed by your line manager (for internal staff only) and sent to ( Email address removed ) prior to the closing date


Competency based Interview


Physical Competence Assessment (PCA) & Swimming assessment

ALS Clinical assessment (for external staff only)

Specialist Occupational Health Assessment (including eye test)

Residential IRU/USAR training and passing the necessary assessments/examinations.

You will only be invited to proceed to stage two if you successfully reach the required competencies at the interview. Interviews can be held via skype or attendance at our Ashford Make Ready Centre. Please state your preference in the supporting information of your application.

To apply you must have a good level of physical fitness and be capable of swimming 100 metres. You will also be required to maintain minimum fitness levels to meet the demands of a HART role.

For an informal discussion please contact Neil Harrison, HART Manager on  ( Phone number removed )  or email ( Email address removed ) .

The Trust is committed to equality of opportunity of all staff and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships. We aim to reflect the diversity of our community in our workforce and guarantee interview to candidates with disability who meet the minimum critieria specified.

When completing the application please use your passport name and please ensure you include email addresses and contact numbers for your referees to avoid delay in the recruitment process. For existing members of staff, please follow the internal application guidance notes and ensure these are received prior to the closing date for this vacancy.

When completing the reference section, please include details to cover the last 3 years history.

Please note that we contact all applicants via NHS Jobs and would advise you check your NHS Jobs account regularly.

Please be aware that the trust reserves the right to close this vacancy early if sufficient applicants are received.

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