Job descriptionApplications are now invited for individuals to join the Scottish Ambulance Service as a Trainee Ambulance Care Assistant (ACA) at Kirkwall Ambulance Station in North Region. The Role As an ACA, you will be responsible for delivering high quality care and safe transportation for non-emergency patients from their homes to hospital and clinic appointments. You will work 5 days out of 7 which will include a variety of shift times and can involve weekend working. You must therefore have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, be a team player and have the ability to deal with a range of people who are often at their most vulnerable. This is a really important role within the Service and offers a vital service to the people of Scotland. The Training The successful applicant for this post will be an employee of the Service from their start date and will be enrolled on our bespoke clinical and driving programme. The programme takes approximately 6 months and is initially carried out at one of our regional training centres. After this time, you will progress to your allocated Ambulance Station. The Person This is a hugely varied role, each day and each patient is different. As a result, you will need to have excellent interpersonal skills as well as an ability to communicate effectively. You will need to demonstrate flexibility and the ability to make effective and safe decisions. We welcome applications form a range of backgrounds, however, previous experience in a healthcare role or a healthcare related qualification would be an advantage. However, volunteer work or working with your community would also be beneficial. All candidates will be required to satisfy the following minimum entry requirements: Evidence of successful study at SCQF Level 4 or above in Maths and English. Full UK driving licence with no more than 4 penalty points. Candidates must possess D1 on their driving licence at least 6 weeks prior to the start date. Please note that you will be required to provide evidence of this prior to the course process. Candidates will also be required to successfully complete the following selection elements; Occupational Fitness Test Competency and Values Based Interview Occupational Health Screening Satisfactory application to the Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (Disclosure Scotland) Reference process The starting salary for Trainee Care Assistants is £20,614 per annum, rising to £25,468 per annum on successful completion of the Service’s training programme. This will increase in increments to £27,486 per annum. NHS Scotland is committed to encouraging equality and diversity among our workforce and eliminating unlawful discrimination. The aim is for our workforce to be truly representative and for each employee to feel respected and able to give their best. To this end, NHS Scotland welcomes applications from all sections of society.
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