OPPORTUNITIES FOR EXPERIENCED PARAMEDICS IN THE SOUTH WEST

As the most clinically advanced Trust in the UK, our Paramedics treat more patients on-site without the need to attend an emergency department than any other UK ambulance service.

The Better Paramedic website has been created especially with you in mind, to keep you informed about our current vacancies, how to apply and further information about the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, as well as an insight as to what it’s really like to work on our team.

Are you an experienced Paramedic? Looking to work where you are able to practise to the highest skill levels, with more autonomy than ever before?

We would love to hear from you and look forward to welcoming you to our team.

Ken Wenman
Chief Executive

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Vacancies

QUALIFIED PARAMEDIC - BAND 6, VACANCIES AVAILABLE IN OUR NORTH AND EAST AREAS

£26,565 - £35,577 P.A. PLUS UP TO 25% UNSOCIAL.


NEWLY QUALIFIED PARAMEDIC - BAND 5, VACANCIES AVAILABLE IN OUR NORTH AND EAST AREAS

£22,128 - £28,746 P.A. PLUS UP TO 25% UNSOCIAL.

Overview

We are the largest ambulance service in the UK, covering one-fifth of the country, including some of its most beautiful and life enriching locations. Whether you crave a coastal location, the best of the British countryside or the historic cities of Bath, Exeter, Bristol and Cheltenham to name but a few, the South West provides the best of everything.

Join us and you will find an ambulance service that understands; the better we look after you, the better equipped you’ll be to look after our patients. We listen and work with our staff to ensure a progressive, clinically advanced service which takes account of feedback, organisational learning, providing staff with the equipment and support necessary to help them fulfil their demanding roles.

Our diverse geography, including some remote rural communities, has driven our ambition to equip all our staff with the training, support and skills they need to deliver a higher level of care. This enables more of our patients to be treated closer to home; resulting in the lowest conveyance rate across the ambulance sector.

Our commitment to supporting our staff is evidenced by our better-than-average staff survey results; and in our commitment to a dedicated clinical career framework, which supports the development of Paramedics into specialist and/or managerial roles. The success and internal career progression of many of our existing staff is testament to the importance we place on growing, developing and supporting our workforce.

Benefits of becoming a Paramedic with the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust:

  • The most clinically advanced Trust within the UK
  • Permanent and bank opportunities available
  • One of the most beautiful parts of the country
  • Lowest conveyance rate in the UK
  • A better work-life balance
  • Structured career pathway

* Subject to qualifying criteria.

Assessment Elements

On the day of your appointment, you’ll be assessed on the following tasks. To simplify the process and fully prepare you for the day, we have explained exactly what will be expected of you when you arrive at the assessment venue.

Driving Practical

You will undertake a practical driving assessment at Advanced Driving standard if you are suitably qualified. You should be able to pass the practical assessment is you can demonstrate a good overall standard of drive, showing consideration to safety, comfort, vehicle sympathy and compliance with road traffic law.

Clinical Case study

You will be presented with a clinical case study, where you will need to demonstrate how you would manage the case. This will be presented verbally to the interview panel. The purpose is to show your effectiveness in analysing a given clinical medical problem, determine a working diagnosis, formulate a clinical management plan and describe your clinical reasoning methodology.

Interview

An interview panel of three representatives from our HR , Learning and Development and frontline teams will assess your understanding of the role and previous experience.

Portfolio Review

Please bring your current CPD portfolio for review.

We will not automatically reject your application if you are unsuccessful at any stage, and will review the results of all of your assessments, including any remedial action or training that could be conducted by SWAST, before making an assessment outcome.

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Locations

The South West is a beautiful and diverse part of the country, it is a great place to live and work.

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust provides accident and emergency services throughout the South West region: including Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire, Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire.

For more information on the South West please visit www.visitsouthwest.co.uk

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust operational ambulance sites

Headquarters, Administrative Hub, Clinical Hubs

A
Trust Headquarters,
Unit 3/4,
Abbey Court,
Eagle Way,
Exeter,
Devon EX2 7HY
01392 261500
B
St James A,
Bradley Stoke,
Bristol BS32 4QJ

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HQ Headquarters
Clinical Hubs / Admin Hub Clinical Hubs / Admin Hub
Stations Stations
HART bases HART bases
Air Ambulance bases Air Ambulance bases
BoundriesDivisional boundary
Areas covered by the South Western Ambulance Service

Our Ambulance Sites

Cornwall
Penzance
Carbis Bay
Helston
Falmouth
Redruth
Truro
St. Mary’s (Isles of Scilly)
Newquay
St. Austell
Wadebridge
Bodmin
Camelford
Liskeard
Launceston
Saltash
Torpoint
Bude
Devon
Derriford
Tavistock
Holsworthy
Bideford
Okehampton
Ashburton
Totnes
Kingsbridge
Dartmouth
Brixham
Paignton
Torquay
Newton Abbot
Dawlish
Exeter
Crediton
South Molton
Barnstaple
Ilfracombe
Lynton
Tiverton
Cullompton
Exmouth
Sidmouth
Honiton
Axminster
Somerset
Minehead
Taunton
Ilminster
Yeovil
Bridgwater
Burnham
Castle Cary
Glastonbury
Shepton Mallet
Frome
North Somerset
Weston-Super-Mare
Churchill
Nailsea
Bath & North East Somerset
Paulton
Keynsham
Bath
Dorset
Bridport
Weymouth
Dorchester
Sherborne
Wareham
Swanage
Blandford
Shaftesbury
Wimborne
Poole
Bournemouth
Christchurch
Wiltshire
Salisbury
Amesbury
Warminster
Trowbridge
Devizes
Marlborough
Chippenham
Swindon
Malmesbury
Bristol
Avonmouth
Bristol
South Gloucestershire
Soundwell
Almondsbury
Yate
Falfield
Gloucestershire
Dursley
Stroud
Cirencester
Lydney
Coleford
Cinderford
Staverton
Tewkesbury
Moreton in Marsh
HART Bases
  • Exeter HART base
  • North Bristol Operations Centre
Air Ambulance Bases
  • Wiltshire Air Ambulance (Devizes)
  • Great Western Air Ambulance (Filton, Bristol)
  • Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance (Henstridge)
  • North Devon Air Ambulance (Burridge)
  • Devon Air Ambulance (Exeter)
  • Cornwall Air Ambulance (Newquay)