recruitment open day

East Berkshire Paramedic Recruitment Open Day

South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) is hosting its first recruitment open day at Wexham Park Ambulance Station next Saturday (7 November). The event runs from 10am to 2pm and is an opportunity for local people who are interested in a range of ambulance service careers to come along and find out more. SCAS currently has a number of both clinical and non-clinical, emergency and non-emergency vacancies available offering full, part time and flexible hours. Amongst the positions SCAS is looking to fill are vacancies for NHS 111 staff and paramedics.

If you are unemployed, looking to get back to work after a career break, or simply seeking a new challenge, why not go along to find out more? Current employees will be on hand to tell you more about what it’s like working for an ambulance service, alongside members of the HR team who will be able to provide information on how to apply if you feel it’s something for you.

 

“I would urge anyone who is currently employed in healthcare and is looking for a fresh challenge, currently studying and considering where to begin their career, or someone who might be unemployed, between jobs or looking to return to work to come along to our first Recruitment Open Day. The variety of roles that we have mean that whatever your skills and experience, you could be working for SCAS and making a real difference every day you come to work. There isn’t much better job satisfaction than that.”

Victoria Dooley – HR Manager SCAS

 

The SCAS is currently 300 paramedics short, but is still one of the best performing ambulance trusts in the country. They are looking to recruit people from a wide variety of backgrounds and employment circumstances to cover this shortfall, along with a further 150 other positions currently available within the trust.

 

Why Is There A Shortfall?

The shortfall in paramedics has been attributed to recent changes to paramedic training. The traditional route involved on-the-job training, whereas now, there are a number of full-time and approved university courses which provide entrants with wider career paths and more opportunities within the healthcare sector. It is hoped that the recruitment drive will have a positive impact on ambulance response times, which are presently falling short of Government targets.

The targets require ambulance services across the country to reach 75% of patients within eight minutes. SCAS is currently responding to 75% of patients within 8 minutes and 37 seconds – a narrow margin, but one that the trust wants to improve upon all the same. The boost in paramedic numbers will also help with training the more experienced ambulance paramedics to become specialists in their field, meaning more patients will be able to receive treatment on site, or in the comfort of their own homes, reducing the requirement for hospital referrals.

The event will be held at Wexham Ambulance Station, Wexham Park Hospital, Wexham Park Lane, Slough, SL3 6LT. More information is available by contacting the HR department at SCAS on 01869 365000.