Internal career progression routes

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The internal career pathways available for patient-facing colleagues here at EEAST. 

Patient transport services staff development 

Patient transport services (PTS) colleagues are eligible to apply for externally-advertised  intermediate ambulance practitioner (IAP)/ associate ambulance practitioner (AAP) vacancies with immediate effect – if applying via this external route, applicants must meet the entry criteria as outlined in the person specification, complete the full recruitment and selection process, and will be subject to their usual notice period if successful. Successful applicants will attend either the full IAP (six week) or AAP (14 week) training course, plus four weeks of driver training.  If unsuccessful, all attempts will be made to redeploy candidates into suitable alternative employment – pay protection will not apply. Positions cannot be held open where backfill is required to maintain service delivery. 

Patient transport services will be invited to express an interest in an IAP internal pathway – this will waive the requirement to complete the selection process.  Internal applicants will still be required to complete certain checks, including ‘fit for job’ assessments, a disclosure and barring service (DBS check), EPP and full C1.  Once all clearances are received, applicants will be allocated to an IAP training course (six weeks plus four weeks driver training) at a rate that is sustainable to ensure PTS can maintain contracted service provision.  If unsuccessful, all attempts will be made to redeploy candidates into suitable alternative employment – pay protection will not apply. The Trust cannot hold positions open where backfill is required to maintain service delivery. 

There will be no direct internal PTS to AAP pathway; the internal pathway will be PTS - IAP – AAP. 

Once all expressions of interest have been received, further details will be communicated. 

 

Healthcare referral tier (HCRT) staff development 

Healthcare referral tier (HCRT) colleagues are eligible to apply for externally advertised IAP/AAP vacancies with immediate effect – if applying via this external route, applicants must meet the entry criteria as specified in the person specification, complete the full recruitment and selection process, and will be subject to their usual notice period if successful.  Successful applicants will attend an IAP bridging programme (three weeks), or AAP (14 week) training course, plus three to four weeks of driver training.  If unsuccessful, all attempts will be made to redeploy candidates into suitable alternative employment – pay protection will not apply. Positions cannot be held open where backfill is required to maintain service delivery. 

Colleagues in HCRT have been invited to express their interest in internal IAP and/or AAP development. 

Those in HCRT who have expressed an interest in IAP roles will be invited to attend an internal IAP bridging programme (as per above), and will not be subject to a selection process. There are some requirements we expect that staff will already demonstrate, such as DBS, C1 and EPP. Applicants will also be required to satisfactorily complete the ‘fit for jobs’ assessment, as with any internal movement. The Trust will deliver the IAP bridging programme by April 2017, and further details will be issued shortly. If unsuccessful, all attempts will be made to redeploy candidates into suitable alternative employment – pay protection will not apply. Positions cannot be held open where backfill is required to maintain service delivery. 

The HCRT colleagues who have expressed an interest in internal AAP development will be invited to attend a locally run selection/preparation day, and we will verify employment checks as above. The educational requirement will be replaced with accreditation of prior experiential learning.  Initial selection/preparation days are to be held as follows with further dates to be offered: 

  • 13th September, Chelmsford
  • 14th September, Norwich
  • 15th September, Newmarket
  • 19th September, Norwich
  • 20th September, Chelmsford
  • 21st September, Newmarket 

Further information will be issued shortly. 

Due to capacity issues, the October AAP programme has been deferred and therefore the first available places will be the January courses. 

If unsuccessful, all attempts will be made to redeploy candidates into suitable alternative employment – pay protection will not apply. The Trust cannot hold positions open where backfill is required to maintain service delivery. 

 

Emergency care assistant or intermediate ambulance practitioner (ECA or IAP), to emergency medical technician or associate ambulance practitioner (EMT or AAP) 

This will run at 60 places per financial year, and be subject to the same criteria of assessment of examination to enable allocation of places based on results achieved. It should be noted that the awarding body for the qualification has changed and the course duration has increased to eight weeks.

 

Emergency medical technician or associate ambulance practitioner (EMT or AAP) to paramedic 

The Trust remains committed to developing technicians to paramedic roles in accordance with the clinical career pathway. Applications will be via an expression of interest for the advertised programme. Individuals will need to complete a supporting statement, followed by a selection centre covering clinical theory, practice and interview.  Individuals will then undertake a bridging module delivered by the Trust. Following successful completion of this internal development, you will be required to be successfully admitted into university. Each education provider also has entry criteria covering APEL, interview and health/DBS requirements that will also need to be met to undertake the HCPC approved programme. 

This pathway requires significant work with a third party academic partner, hence, further details will follow once all of this work is complete. 

 

Student paramedic 

All staff are able to apply to external adverts for student paramedic roles, and must meet the entry criteria as outlined in the person specification, complete the full recruitment and selection process (minus the driving assessments and fitness for existing ECAs), and will be subject to their usual notice period if successful. Successful applicants will attend the full student paramedic course, plus four weeks of driver training (as appropriate noting existing ECAs will have a recognised blue light driving qualification). If unsuccessful, all attempts will be made to redeploy candidates into suitable alternative employment – pay protection will not apply. The Trust cannot hold positions open where backfill is required to maintain service delivery. 

On commencement of training, internal staff will be eligible for the pay band relative to the role (e.g. IAP Band 3, AAP Band 4).  On successful completion of training, staff will be issued with an amendment to contract detailing the new terms for the role, e.g. pay, base station, relief rota/unsocial hours.  Any other existing contractual terms and conditions will remain the same, as per internal agreements.   

Published 8th September, 2016

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