Graduate - Newly Qualified Paramedic

Job Description

Are you due to complete your Paramedic degree in 2024 or January/February 2025 and want to work in an exciting and forward-thinking ambulance service?

Join us as a Newly Qualified Paramedic (NQP) and you'll find an ambulance service with an impressive commitment to supporting clinicians in advanced and autonomous clinical care to ensure the best outcomes for patients.

We can offer:

  • A funded C1 practical test
  • An enhanced supportive preceptorship programme to help develop your confidence as an autonomous professional, and support your continuous learning
  • An award winning staying well service
  • Enhanced end of shift protections
  • A welcome payment if joining Somerset, Wiltshire or Dorset

Examples of our clinical highlights include

  • Treating more patients at home without the need to attend ED
  • A dedicated team of senior clinicians to ensure that our Paramedics continue to enjoy being able to practise the highest skill level in the UK, with autonomy. If a new intervention becomes available, we want our patients to benefit first.
  • A wide range of local guidelines to deliver care well beyond JRCALC to maximise clinical autonomy.
  • 24/7 senior clinical support for decision making and in cases when you need that little extra help.
  • A fully embedded NQP consolidation of learning period to ensure that you develop and progress as quickly and fully as possible.
  • A structured career pathway gives great opportunities to progress to specialist Paramedic roles in primary and critical care.


Main duties of the job


Upon joining us, we can assure you of a warm welcome as well as help with the practicalities of securing your first NQP role, plus a supportive preceptorship programme to guide you through your early employment.

You must hold a full UK driving licence, with no more than six points allowed for certain offences. If you do not currently hold the full C1 licence you can apply, however you must be able to evidence a C1 pass before commencing employment with the Trust, within six months of application. We are excited to be able to offer funding for your C1 if this is not something that you already hold (repayable if start date not fulfilled).

Those who accept a vacancy in Somerset, Dorset or Wiltshire will receive a 'welcome payment' of £2,000 (pre-tax) upon starting with the Trust before 31 August 2024, or £1,000 (pre-tax) upon starting with the Trust after 01 September 2024.

Assessment dates will take place during August and September.

Please see attached a full station map which will help you specify what county you are interested in working within at point of assessment.As part of your offer of employment you will be provided with a funded Emergency Response Ambulance Driving course. If you have obtained this prior to application, a refund of course fee costs can be made, on a receipted basis.


About us


At South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) we have a culture where everyone is valued for being themselves. Our aim is to work together to promote the most inclusive environment possible, which attracts people from the widest range of backgrounds and experiences to enrich the work that we do together, for the benefit of all of our employees, our patients and the communities we serve. We offer flexible working opportunities, inclusive policies and a range of feedback mechanisms to support individuals and to enable a positive, welcoming environment where our people and their careers can thrive in.

We employ over 5,000 employees mainly clinical, operational and emergency response staff as well as supporting roles. We also employ Doctors and volunteers which include community first responders and fire co-responders.

We take all the steps needed to provide the most compassionate patient care possible whilst also providing an enjoyable and safe place to work. We actively promote a positive set of behaviours as being key to our performance both individually and collectively. Our recruitment, selection and screening processes are designed to uphold these standards and we invite all our candidates to actively share with us through these processes how they will bring these behaviours to life.