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Ambulance Driver



IAS Medical, the UK’s leading National and International Air and Ground Ambulance provider, working in partnership with Northeast & Cumbria Transport and Retrieval (NECTAR) are looking to recruit an Ambulance Driver for our exciting and ever-expanding Transport Service.

Job Description

The successful applicant will become an important member of a highly respected transport team responsible for the safe transport of medical teams, patients and family members both regionally and nationally.
They will be a key member of the wider clinical transport team, assisting in the delivery of high-quality clinical care and the transportation of patients, selecting and applying appropriate equipment and skills in line with their scope of practice and associated training. You will ensure that the ambulance is roadworthy, safe, clean, fuelled and stocked with oxygen and consumables, and you will be responsible for ensuring that the patient is secured in the ambulance prior to departure. You will provide and receive routine information to patients and families which can require tact or persuasive skills whilst the critical care teams are stabilising the patient, ensuring that information is clearly conveyed. To ensure that the needs of all patients and relatives are met without delay, you will always be acting in a courteous and sympathetic manner.
You will liaise with the Shift Coordinator to inform them of any significant delays, patient deterioration and transport issues i.e., weather, traffic conditions and road closures and plan the route between destinations, adjusting for road, traffic and weather conditions. You will be guided by standard operating procedures, and work on your own initiative with a supervisor available when necessary.
You will be working both as part of a clinical team comprising of medical personnel and practitioners, or as part of a two-person non-emergency patient transport crew.
You will be required to carry out other roles within NECTAR when required. this will include Non-Emergency Patient Transfer duties, answering general telephone calls, answering the patient referral line, transporting medical equipment and staff, administrative duties, housekeeping or any other reasonable request from your manager or shift coordinator.

Essential Requirements

To attend and pass an advanced driving course. Full UK/EU Manual driving licence with C1 entitlement with no more than three penalty points, If you do not hold a C1 licence or a Full UK manual driving licence, then unfortunately we cannot proceed with your application. Significant driving experience, To work at either our Newcastle or Darlington base, using your own transport to travel to either base when required.
The ability to obtain and maintain a clean enhanced DBS Certificate

Effort & Environment

You will encounter frequent moderate physical effort for several short periods during a shift when moving patients in wheelchairs, trolleys, and critical care trolleys. There may be a requirement to sit in a restricted position when driving for long periods of time. There is a requirement for concentration when driving where the work pattern is predictable. You will have frequent exposure to critically ill patients and distressed families. You will have exposure to unpleasant working conditions such as inclement weather, body odours and verbal aggression and distressing situations.

Your Shifts

As our service operates 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, you must be able to work a varied shift pattern on a rota which include various start and finish times. IAS Operate a 12hr shift on a 4 on 4 off rota pattern to provide a continuous 24/7 service.

Desirable requirements

Good knowledge of the national road network, Basic vehicle maintenance, Previous experience within a health or social care environment.
Job Type: Full-time
Pay: £25,050.00-£27,050.00 per year
• Company pension
• On-site parking
• 12-hour shift
• Day shift
• Night shift
• Weekend availability.
Application question(s):
• Can you work all shifts including, Days, Nights, Weekends and Bank Holidays?
• Driving: 5 years (required)
• Full UK Driving Licence with C1 entitlement (required)
Work authorisation:
• United Kingdom (required)
Work Location: In person.