SCAS works in partnership with Thames Valley Air Ambulance (TVAA) and Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA) to operate an Air Ambulance service (HEMS) to provide speed where it is critically needed due to the nature and /or severity of a patient’s injuries. HEMS enable us to reach patients if and when the location of the emergency cannot be reached by road.
Exciting opportunities often come up for highly motivated paramedics to join this service. The role rotates through three core elements on a shift basis:
- HEMS Air Crew working on the aircraft
- HEMS Dispatcher working on the desk
- Enhanced Clinical Response Unit (ECRU) working from a vehicle during inclement weather.
The HEMS Paramedic role is demanding, both physically and clinically, hence, in addition to shortlisting against the person specification, candidates are required to pass the following assessments prior to being invited to interview:
- Fitness test which includes: a bleep test, swimming and manual handling assessment
- An Observed Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)
If successful, you are also required to pass the two week HEMS Bond air crew course which includes navigation, map reading, flight safety and aviation medicine. This course requires yearly renewal.
These are some of the essential criteria you will need to be successful working with the HEMS team; more detailed criteria are available in the Person Specification for the role:
- Approved Specialist Paramedic/Nurse (ECP) qualification (post graduate diploma level or equivalent)
- Paramedic Qualification and HCPC/NMC registration, with at least two years relevant clinical experience in an operational pre-hospital (ambulance) setting
- IHCD (or equivalent) Emergency Driving qualification.