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BME Paramedic Development Programme


BME Paramedic Development Programme 
Band 3
South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) is seeking compassionate, caring and committed individuals from BME backgrounds to join our Paramedic Development Programme.

If you’re looking to make the most of your life skills in a challenging but extremely rewarding environment and are willing to work shifts, this could be the ideal opportunity for you. You will need a full, clean driving licence and GCSE English and Maths at grades A-C, or equivalent qualification/functional skills certificate. Possession of a C1 licence would be advantageous but not essential.

Successful candidates will start as an Emergency Care Assistant (ECA), gaining vital experience of the Ambulance Service and developing knowledge of the role of a Paramedic. Following successful completion of the training and access courses funded by SWASFT, you will be invited to apply for the BSc Paramedic Science programme at the University of the West of England (UWE).

On offer of employment, SWASFT will provide you with comprehensive clinical training and driver training to prepare you for the role of ECA. Subject to passing this training, you will then commence fulltime employment for the Trust.

The Role

You will begin the BME Paramedic Development Programme as an Emergency Care Assistant. As an ECA, you will attend cases of accident and sudden illness and respond to urgent, special and planned patient transfer requests .You will use advanced driving skills under blue light and normal traffic conditions to respond to emergency and routine calls as required.

You will be required to assist a qualified practitioner to support the provision of high quality and effective clinical, personal, social and holistic care to patients.

Would you be suited to this type of role?

The nature of this role often means the ECA will be assisting the qualified practitioner in dealing with life and death situations. You need to be compassionate, caring and committed.

You need to enjoy helping people whilst understanding their needs and treating them with dignity and respect. You need to be enthusiastic, reliable, self-disciplined and flexible.

  • Able to work the shift patterns as required, including unsocial hours and weekends?
  • Able to stay calm in pressurised and emotional situations. Able to handle sensitive situations assertively and tactfully?
  • Are you able to deal with blood?
  • Due to the emergency nature of the services provided by SWASFT, staff may be required in the interest of patient safety to work beyond their normal finishing time, are you prepared for this?

Full salary of £16,800 per annum will be paid on completion of probationary period. During this period (3-6 months, subject to reviews) you will receive a reduced salary of £14,741 per annum. Upon successful completion of the 8 week training course and commencement on station, you will also receive up to 25% additional pay as an enhancement for unsocial hours work.


Application forms are available upon request-  to request an application form please email or call 01392 261557. Applications will be shortlisted based on the information you have provided, against the essential requirements of the role.


If shortlisted, you will be invited to an assessment and interview day, where you will complete driving assessments (theory and practical), physical assessments, and a face-to-face interview.


Successful candidates will begin employment in October 2016.

More information on the role of an ECA is available here

More information on the role of a Paramedic is available here:

For more information about the BME Paramedic Development Programme, please contact or call 01392 261557



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