OPERATIONS

BE A SPECIALIST / ADVANCED PRACTITIONER

Description

As a Specialist Practitioner (SP) you will be a senior nurse or paramedic who rotates throughout the Urgent and Emergency Care system. In addition to being a solo responder to a range of emergency and non-emergency situations through the 999 and 111 system, you will rotate into a range of clinical environments which may include:

  • Our Clinical Coordination Centre providing clinical advice to ambulance staff / Community First Responders and tasking your colleagues to suitable incidents
  • Primary Care, helping to assess acute same day appointments and undertaking home visits on behalf of GP surgery
  • Falls and Frailty services working with an Occupational Therapist to attend patients that have fallen and provide a full holistic package of care
  • Minor Injury Units and Emergency Departments

When you attend a patient, you will use your advanced level of clinical assessment and decision making to diagnose and formulate a treatment plan that could range from treating and discharging the patient yourself to delivering lifesaving interventions. You will also be responsible for additional and supplying medicines such as courses of antibiotics through additional Patient Group Directions.

Trainee Specialist Practitioner: We also recruit externally and internally to develop paramedics and Nurses to become an SP. Trainees undertake a 2-year training programme consisting of both Level 7 academic study and clinical practice placements in the areas outlined above.

Nurses – Must be able to demonstrate experience of working in a frontline ambulance operational role for an ambulance service such as being an Ambulance Nurse prior to applying for either a Trainee or Qualified Specialist Practitioner role.

 

Entry requirements

These are some of the essential criteria you will need to be successful as a Specialist Practitioner; more detailed criteria are available in the Person Specification for the role:

  • Fully qualified NMC registered Nurse or HCPC registered Paramedic, with demonstrable clinical experience in the operational pre-hospital (ambulance) setting
  • Full UK driving licence (including C1), with no more than 3 penalty points
  • IHCD, L3CERAD (or equivalent) Emergency Driving qualification
  • High standards of patient assessment & clinical care
  • Comfortable with lone working and independent decision making

Trainee Specialist: Evidence of completion of Level 6 (Batchelors) study.

Qualified Specialist: Level 7 practitioner qualification or Level 6 practitioner qualification with demonstrable current experience that is relevant to urgent & emergency care, that includes the assessment and management if minor illness & minor injuries.

What is the package?

  • Salary: (Unsocial Hours will be paid in accordance to Section 2 of the NHS Agenda for Change handbook)
    • Trainee SP: Band 6 moving to Band 7 upon qualifying
    • Specialist: Band 7
    • Advanced: TBC
  • Hours:Full-time: 37.5 hours per week (part-time hours may be available, and we would welcome discussions in relation to flexible working)
  • Location: Various throughout Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Hampshire
  • Annual leave: Minimum 27 days plus UK bank holidays and commensurate with AfC terms and conditions
  • Shift pattern: Covering 24 hours, 7 days a week, shift patterns vary by area.