Working at Thames Ambulance Service is more than a job - you are part of a healthcare system that ensures patients receive the care and support they need.
Whether you are a Driver Care Assistant on the frontline, part of the busy Control room or a member of central support, we value each and every one of our people - we all contribute to providing our patients with the highest level of care.
Because we know how important the work that you do is, we also know how important it is to look after you, making sure you are happy, healthy and have all the necessary training, support and resources to carry out your role to the very best of your ability.
Whether you are from a healthcare background or you would like a change of career to fulfil a passion and desire to help people in your community, we will support you and help you to develop and grow within our organisation.
- Rewarding role within the patient transport service
- No two days are ever the same
- Professional training and support throughout your career with us
- Opportunities for professional development
- Great benefits
- Meet interesting and inspiring people every day
A comprehensive and robust training programme gives our staff the knowledge and expertise needed to provide the highest quality of care for patients.
All new employees undertake an induction programme before they begin their role. The duration and content is determined by our training matrix and can take various forms, including workbooks and classroom learning followed by practical sessions and driving experience.
Once the induction has been completed, staff continue to be supported through a workplace mentor. The new employee will crew with the mentor until the more experienced member of staff is confident that they are able to carry out their role independently, ensuring the safety of both the patient and themselves.
Annual refresher courses take place for all employees and include updates on policies, practice and law.
Our trainers also undertake an annual refresher course with a clinical practitioner. Each year we also carry out a strategic review of our training requirements in order to ensure that we are compliant with Government training requirements. For example in 2015 PREVENT training was introduced to all our front line staff.
Our driver instructors hold an Advanced Driving Instructors qualification.
Volunteers are required to undertake two days of classroom training before they begin their role and attend an annual refresher session.
And it isn’t just our frontline staff that receive training and support. We offer a range of courses and initiatives for all of our people to develop their skills and knowledge. This includes:
- Structured, on-the-job training and induction programmes
- Personal development plans
- In-house learning centres
- Access to vocational training
- An online learning and development resource
- Leadership, management and supervisory development initiatives
All staff training is recorded on our HR system with copies of certificates kept in employees files. Employee rotas are configured to allow for the release of employees for mandatory training refresher courses to ensure that training will not disrupt our operational services and the quality of care patients receive.
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