Closing Date: Tuesday 26th January 2021 at 3:00pm
The HSE has ongoing opportunities for Student Paramedics with the National Ambulance Service. In order to meet this requirement it is the intention of HBS Recruit to form a panel as a result of this recruitment campaign from which training places for Student Paramedic in the HSE National Ambulance Service on the Paramedic Training Programme will be filled.
The recruitment and selection process for this campaign will be managed by HBS Recruit and will involve various stages. The stages of this process are outlined below:
· Stage 1 – Application Form (www.hse.ie)
· Stage 2 – Verbal Evaluation and Analytical Reasoning Testing (tests are taken in person in Dublin)
· Stage 3 – Eligibility Sift in line with course entry requirements and necessary licencing documentation
· Stage 4 – Face to Face Interview
Location of Post
National Ambulance Service College and Operational Divisions throughout the National Ambulance Service (NAS) as required to facilitate training placements.
Details of the HSE National Ambulance Service Structure are provided at:
Student Paramedics are required to work in any division of the NAS and can / will be re-assigned between locations as and when service need dictates.
Every effort will be made to offer geographically convenient postings; however, we may be unable to facilitate this because of operational requirements.
Details of Service
The role and purpose of the National Ambulance Service (NAS) is to provide a clinically appropriate and timely pre-hospital patient care and transportation service. Pre-hospital emergency care and transportation services are provided as an integral part of a continuum of care for patients / clients, and there is a requirement to work in partnership with other health care providers in both Scheduled and Unscheduled Healthcare Services.
Reports to Director National Ambulance Service College or his / her designated alternate.
Purpose of the Post
NAS is committed to providing an efficient and effective Emergency Ambulance, Intermediate Care, First Responder and Communications Service which meets in full, all statutory duties and public expectations.
NAS is seeking persons interested in undertaking the Paramedic Training Programme (including Internship) and acquiring Registration as a Paramedic with the Pre Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC).
The intention of this process is to provide a pool of suitably qualified paramedics, licensed to practice by the Pre Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC), who will be offered positions at the grade of Paramedic at various locations throughout the NAS.
The Paramedic (PHECC Registered Paramedic) will be competent to carry out all of the duties of the Paramedic (PHECC Registered Paramedic) and will have a range of abilities which will permit the safe delivery of emergency care and transport within the framework and limits specified by PHECC.
The Paramedic (PHECC Registered Paramedic) will be responsible for the care, treatment and movement of patients and maintaining self, vehicles, equipment and station in a manner fit to respond to that role.
The Paramedic Training Programme is operated jointly by the National Ambulance Services College (NASC) and the College of Medicine & Health, University College Cork (UCC). Successful completion of the course will lead to Paramedic Registration with the pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council and award of the BSc (Hons) in Paramedical Science, UCC.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities
- Attend to cases of accident and sudden illness and respond to AS1, AS2 and AS3 calls in a prompt and timely manner
- Deal with emergencies as directed
- Attend to patients in a professional courteous and compassionate manner using best practice including compliance with Clinical Practice Guidelines
- Act within the principles of the Framework for Major Emergency Management (FMEM) during major emergencies if the need arises and to carry such communications equipment as necessary and to be familiar with the Major Emergency Plan
- Participate in exercises and training sessions designed to improve the ability of the Ambulance Service to respond to a Major Emergency
- Show leadership in the completion, audit, evaluation and development of clinical records including Patient Care Report Forms (PCR) both electronic and paper based.
- Communicate with a broad range of professionals as appropriate
- Carry out duties in an acting up capacity as required
- Paramedics (PHECC Registered Paramedic) in the National Ambulance Service are held in high esteem by the community and members are required to maintain a high standard of dress and appearance as well as conducting themselves in a responsible manner at all times
Promote Safety, Health & Welfare At Work (Including Driving & Vehicle Checks)
- Identify and report actual or potential hazards/risks in the work environment in accordance with the Health Service Executive National Ambulance Service Safety Statement / deal with them appropriately
- Take immediate action to minimise risks where reasonably practicable to do so
- Demonstrate awareness of own stress levels and seek appropriate support
- Drive all relevant vehicles types operated by the National Ambulance Service as required, in accordance with the Policy for Vehicular Emergency Response, Safe Work Practice Sheet on Driving and the Site Specific Safety Statement
- At the start of each tour of duty, carry out and complete a Daily Vehicle Inspection Form, ensuring that all defects, deficiencies and accident damage are reported on a Vehicle/Equipment Defect Report Form to the Station Supervisor
- Check any vehicle prior to use ensuring that it is fully equipped, visually checked for defects and that all equipment is functioning and ready for use in accordance with Service procedures
- Carry out maintenance, equipment and drug checks on emergency ambulance, patient transport and specialist vehicles as may be in service at any given time
- Operate equipment in accordance with Standing Operational Procedures and manufacturer’s instructions
- Maintain the National Ambulance Service standards of cleanliness for vehicles, equipment, Stations and garages
- Be personally responsible for not undertaking any task or action which would knowingly cause risk to self, others, or to the Health Service Executive National Ambulance Service
- As far as is reasonably practicable attempt to prevent other people from undertaking tasks or actions which would knowingly cause risk to themselves, others, or to the Health Service Executive National Ambulance Service
- Participate in briefing/training sessions and carry out any agreed control measures and duties as instructed.
- Be proactive in the community to identify risk, to reduce deaths and injuries
- Deliver appropriate safety messages to those groups most at risk
- Interact with, support and mentor Community First Responders
Administrative Responsibilities (Including Managing Resources & Information)
- Maintain regular communications with the National Emergency Operations Centre (Ambulance Control) to register updates regarding cancellations, additions and mobility requirements
- Record details and maintain records of patients, journeys, vehicle refuelling and duty hours in accordance with Service procedures
- Maintain and submit records as required by the Chief Ambulance Officer /Area Operations Manager or a designated other to include Daily Vehicle Inspection Forms, Vehicle/Equipment Defect Report Forms, Patient Care Report Forms or any other reports as required
- Co-operate with and be familiar with all management procedures in relation to discipline, industrial relations agreements, rosters, training, leave and grievance
- Take responsibility for ensuring operational equipment is ready for use
- Document all patient care and treatment and comply with records management processes
- Access and record information using computerised systems
- Undertake paperwork, such as recording routine tests on pieces of equipment
- Accept responsibility for security of Stations, vehicles and equipment where appropriate
- Get to know the local community area, including: streets, roads and buildings
- Be aware of the risks and possible hazards to be found within your operational Division
- Maintain confidentiality in relation to personal data held for colleagues and patients, ensuring it is processed lawfully; for no purpose other than for which it was intended; is relevant to that purpose; is retained for no longer than is necessary; is processed in accordance with the rights of the subject to access and accuracy; and is protected from accidental loss or damage in accordance with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1988 and 2003, and records management guidance.
- Maintain confidentiality of patient identifiable personal data using a non-identifiable alternative, where practicable, and limiting access on a strictly need to know basis
For Eligibility Criteria see the link below.
The Salary scale for the post as at 01/10/2020 is:
€28,695, €30,660, €31,449, €32,739, €33,445, €33,980, €34,834, €35,699, €36,555, €38,269, €39,850 LSI
Shift and weekend premia payments also apply.
New appointees to any grade start at the minimum point of the scale. Incremental credit will be applied for recognised relevant service in Ireland and abroad (Department of Health Circular 2/2011). Incremental credit is normally granted on appointment, in respect of previous experience in the Civil Service, Local Authorities, Health Service and other Public Service Bodies and Statutory Agencies.
FULL JOB SPEC, ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA AND DOCS FOR STUDENT PARAMEDIC RECRUITMENT CAMPAIGN AVAILABLE HERE