Needed – Volunteer First Responders

Needed – Volunteer First Responders

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) was the first Ambulance Trust in the country registered as a NHS Foundation Trust (FT) demonstrating the highest levels of service quality, performance and financial management. Delivering high performing emergency and urgent care and NHS 111 services to the residents and transient population of Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, Devon, Dorset and Somerset. In February 2013, the Trust acquired Great Western Ambulance Service NHS Trust and also provides services in Avon, Gloucester and Wiltshire.

SWASFT offers consistent high-quality, locally responsive and trusted care to patients, ensuring long-term sustainability and financial strength for the future.

Exciting volunteering opportunities have arisen within South Western Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust for Community First Responders to join the Community First Responder Schemes within the Wiltshire community.

We welcome applicants from throughout Wiltshire; however we are particularly interested in people from the following areas: Westbury, Warminster, Tisbury, Mere and Bradford on Avon.

Please be aware, if there is not currently a Community First Responder scheme running within a 3 mile radius of your home postcode you will not be short listed.

Should you wish to respond from your work place please detail this in the additional information section.

A Community First Responder scheme is made up of groups of volunteers who within the community in which they live or work have been trained to attend emergency calls on behalf of South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust and to provide basic life support until the arrival of an emergency ambulance, 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

As a volunteer and member of this Community First Responder Scheme you would provide this community based service, willingly and without pay. This role is highly rewarding and offers opportunities to meet new people and learn valuable lifesaving skills through the training provided by South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust.

Applicants will have a good all round education; a full clean driving license held for at least one year, with no more than 3 current penalty points and has a vehicle with current tax, MOT and insurance for your use. Following shortlisting, applicants will be invited to attend a formal interview whereby they will be expected to have some knowledge of the role and South Western Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust.

When applying for this position, please also be aware that you must be able to attend the following interview dates and four day training course:

Interviews are scheduled to be held in Chippenham on the 21st, 22nd and 23 May.

The four day training course is scheduled to be held in Chippenham on the 17th and 18th June and 1st and 2nd July.

Offers of Community First Responder roles will be subject to satisfactory completion of pre-employment checks, which consist of Occupational Health clearance, references to cover 3 years, and Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly CRB) clearance.

Find out more and apply now!

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