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  • Ref no: SAS00732
  • Published: 14/10/19
  • Closes: 27/10/19
  • Location: Various Locations in East Region, DD3 8PQ
  • Salary: £37,570.00 - £44,688.00 per year
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Position Type: Full Time
  • Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Applications for this job cannot be made online. Please refer to the advert for further information.

Advanced & Trainee Advanced Practitioner – Urgent Care

Locations - Edinburgh, Prestonpans, Fife

Full Time - Shift Working

The Scottish Ambulance Service is at the frontline of the NHS in Scotland, responding to over 600,000 emergency calls a year with 450 vehicles, we provide an emergency Ambulance Service to a population of over 5 million people, across the mainland and island communities.

We are committed to developing a workforce capable of delivering the highest levels of quality service and clinical, person-centred care, in line with the NHS Quality Strategy and the 2020 workforce vision. The role of Advanced Practitioner is an exciting new development within the Scottish Ambulance Service and will provide an excellent opportunity for career development within a clinical role.

We are currently accepting applications to undertake the role of Advanced Practitioner (Urgent & Primary Care), from both currently qualified applicants and those wishing to undertake training for the role.

This is an opportunity to increase the number of Advanced Practitioners within the service and we are looking for them to commence training in January 2020.

The Role

Advanced Practitioners (AP) in Urgent & Primary Care will provide high-level, independent decision-making, including assessment, diagnosis, management and treatment (including prescribing where relevant) of patients with complex multidimensional needs. The AP in Urgent & Primary Care will work within a rotational model, the role will include working as part of the multidisciplinary team in primary care and/or Out of Hours services. Providing advanced telephone triage, professional support for other clinicians, and providing emergency response on behalf of the Scottish Ambulance Service.

Operating at this level, the clinician will possess a wide-ranging breadth of knowledge and understanding in addition to evidence of critical thinking, patient assessment and clinical care. Delivery of this advanced level of care will be supported by a scope of practice beyond what is currently required for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Paramedic or registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a Nurse. The AP will also be expected to work across the four domains of advanced practice, including contributing to service wide audit, research, training and education.

The Person

Applicants will be a HCPC registered Paramedic or NMC registered Nurse and have a minimum of SCQF level 11 Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Practice (including V300 prescribing) or be eligible to be accepted on the MSc (PGDip) Advanced practice programme as per the criteria below.

In addition, you will have a significant and demonstrable level of clinical practice within primary/urgent/emergency care.

Successful applicants, not already in possession of the required education and competencies, will undertake a fully funded Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Practice over 2 years (or the required elements to meet the full scope of the post), which will include non-medical prescribing.

To be accepted on the Post Graduate Diploma (MSc) Advanced Practice programme you must meet the following minimum requirements;

  • A registered Paramedic or Nurse with a recommended minimum of 3 years post registration experience and able to demonstrate learning and experience within the context of your professional role.
  • Hold a BSc Honours / BA Honours Degree OR an Ordinary BSc degree plus submission of a supporting statement from an academic sponsor who support your entry to MSc/Level 11 post-graduate study.

All Advanced Practitioners will be part of the Scottish Ambulance Service overall response; you will therefore need to have your C1 driving license by the time you take up post and you will need to successfully pass the FutureQuals Emergency Response Driver Training. You will be able to apply for a loan for the C1 driving licence and the Service will provide the driver training.

Applicants are advised to read all of the supporting documentation prior to applying.

  • The reflective review should be completed by all applicants in line with the academic descriptor.
  • Paramedics working within the Scottish Ambulance Service are required to obtain support from their current line manager.
  • Please ensure you clearly demonstrate how you meet the criteria in the person specification for this role.

Shortlisted applicants will undertake a practical and theoretical assessment centre along with an interview.
Candidates who are required to undergo training will be offered the post of Trainee Advanced Practitioner. As this is a training role, you will be paid in accordance with AfC Annex 21, with year one at 70% of the top of Band 7 and year two at 75% of the top of Band 7. Candidates who are already qualified to practice will be assimilated immediately to Band 7.

Further Information and How to Apply

Please note, you will be required to undertake an assessment day. Full details of assessment will be provided prior to the day.

Informal enquiries are encouraged and should be directed to or 07976 937 332. 

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