You must be over the age of 18 to apply, due to the driving restrictions and working time regulations relating to shift working. There is no upper age limit.

The training you will need to becoming a Paramedic is included in this pathway. The programme is approximately 42 months in duration. Following initial induction and driver training at one of our education centres, apprentices will undertake a mixture of continued classroom education and placements within our patient facing 999 operational teams. All apprentices will undertake an end point assessment.

Throughout the programme, you will be supported by a dedicated apprenticeship team and a mentor.  You will learn in the classroom, simulation suites and on the road in an ambulance. Classroom training will take place at one of our education centres in Bicester Oxfordshire, Newbury Berkshire or Whiteley Hampshire. Placements will be take place at your designated station.

Stage 1 – Undertake a Level 4 Associate Ambulance Practitioner (AAP) Apprenticeship.

This part of the apprenticeship is approximately 18 months in duration. Following initial induction and driver training at one of our education centres, apprentices will undertake a mixture of continued classroom education and placements within our Frontline 999 Operational Teams working towards the Level 4 Diploma for Associate Ambulance Practitioners. During these operational placements, apprentices will work alongside qualified clinicians responding to urgent and emergency calls, developing their AAP skills, knowledge and behaviours whilst consolidating practice through completion of an apprenticeship portfolio. At the end of the 18-month apprenticeship, apprentices will undertake an End Point Assessment. Before commencement of stage 2, there is a period of consolidation.

Stage 2 – Undertake a 2 year Bachelor of Science (Hons) Degree in Paramedic Science and become a HCPC registered Newly Qualified Paramedic

The post holder will provide, urgent, emergency and social care to patients in a pre-hospital environment in accordance with the role of Apprentice Student Paramedic.They will ensure that they deliver the service in accordance with their apprenticeship training, scope of practice and guidance under structured supervision. They will act in accordance with the Trust and university’s policies, procedures and protocols, Apprentice Student Paramedic’s scope of practice, appropriate sections of the Joint Royal Colleges Ambulance Liaison Committee (JRCALC) guidelines and current legislation, including the Health and Care Professions Council standard of conduct and ethics for students, at all times.

You will be responsible for providing (under supervision) care, assessment, diagnosis, treatment and movement of patients in and out of hospital in emergency and non-emergency situation across a wide range of patient groups, in a wide range of settings.

Once all aspects of the Apprenticeship programme have been successfully completed and HCPC registered, you will become a Newly Qualified Paramedic.

You will be trained to drive what is, in effect, a mobile emergency clinic to resuscitate and /or stabilise patients using sophisticated techniques, equipment and drugs. Once you become a Newly Qualified Paramedic, you might be called out to someone who has fallen from scaffolding, for example, or an elderly person with a suspected stroke. Based at a local ambulance station along with other emergency crews, you will work shifts, including evenings and weekends, going out in all weathers at all hours of the day or night. You will work closely with doctors and nurses in hospital emergency departments, briefing them as you hand your patient over into their care.

Functional Skills level 2 will be accepted in lieu of GCSE Maths and English Language. Original certificates to evidence your qualifications must be provided at time of application – please email these to OPSRecruitment@scas.nhs.uk with your applicant number. If you don’t have these, you will need to request replacement ones- gov.uk/replacement-exam-certificate

Entry requirements

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

  • 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above including Maths, English Language, and a Science (Integrated/Combined Science, Biology, Chemistry or Physics) or equivalent. (Functional Skills level 2 will be accepted in lieu of GCSE Maths and English Language).
  • Full UK Manual Driving Licence and C1 (provisional accepted at the time of application – must have ‘full’ C1 6-weeks prior to starting employment in position if successful). (SCAS will consider applications who have up to 3 live penalty points to their licence).
  • Good communication skills
  • Flexible, with a willingness to work shifts
  • Ability to work as part of a team.
  • Knowledge of the Highway Code.
  • More details are listed on the Person Specification document.

To apply, click ‘Find jobs now’ or send your CV to jobs@scas.nhs.uk .  If you have any questions, please call 01869-365000 option 1 for the recruitment team.

What is the package?

  • Salary: Trainee Paramedic Apprenticeship Band 4  indicative (plus Unsocial Hours in line with Section 2 of Agenda for Change)
  • Hours: Full time: 37.5 hours per week (part-time hours may be available on completion of training).
  • Location: Various throughout Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Hampshire
  • Annual leave: Minimum 27 days plus statutory public holidays, pro rata for part-time staff
  • Shift pattern: Rota covering 24 hours, 7 days a week – shift patterns vary by area.