Welcome to the recruitment and careers site for South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT).
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This site is designed to provide you with a wide range of information relating to the roles within the organisation and the career opportunities that this exciting place of work can provide. The Trust is proud of the dedicated, caring and enthusiastic staff that it employs that come together every day over a huge geographical area to provide a high quality and responsive service to our patients. So we invite you to explore this website, the information and films within it which provide an insight into this amazing team and the work which they do.
Join the team and make a difference.
How to become a Paramedic
To become a Paramedic, there are two routes to qualification.
1) You can obtain a Paramedic qualification through a full time university degree course, details of which can be found on the University and Colleges Applications Service (UCAS) website at www.ucas.ac.uk. Once qualified, you would be able to apply for Paramedic vacancies within the Trust.
2) Alternatively, SWAST offer a Student Paramedic career pathway to qualification. This pathway is linked to the Open University Foundation Degree programme in Paramedic Sciences. To be eligible to apply you must have worked for at least one year as an ECA for SWAST.
The most common is to complete A-levels and then enroll onto a University course to complete a degree in Paramedic Science. The best place to obtain more information on this would be the preferred university of the pupil. The second route would be to apply for the role of an Emergency Care Assistant (ECA) which you are able to do via NHS Jobs.
The requirements for this role are 2 GCSEs including English and Maths. Should you be successful in gaining the role of ECA, you would need to remain in this post for between 1-3 years, depending on the Partnership University we are working with. Once this time has been completed, you will be able to apply to complete a conversion course which is completed alongside working as an ECA.
Become a Paramedic - Taster Day for A-Level students
Thinking of training to be a paramedic? See event details
Be a Better Paramedic Student Conference
Unique and engaging CPD event for student paramedics. See event details
If you have a disability, long term illness or need extra support with your application, SWASFT is working in partnership with PLUSS, an award winning Social Enterprise that supports thousands of people with disabilities and other disadvantages move into employment each year, who can offer specialist support. Should you require any guidance or support please contact HRServices@swast.nhs.uk or alternatively https://www.pluss.org.uk/welcome-pluss if you think they may be able to help you or someone you know.