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Trainee First Contact Practitioner

North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
Newburn Riverside Business Park
Depending on experience £35392 - £42618 per annum
Closing date
12 Dec 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
As part of the NHS Long-Term Plan and the strategic direction of NEAS, an exciting opportunity has arisen for experienced paramedics to develop an advanced clinical career.

The Trainee First Contact Practitioner (FCP) role is new to NEAS and will provide an opportunity for clinicians to develop skills and experience across several healthcare disciplines as part of a Rotational working model. If you are interested in a new challenge at NEAS, we are inviting applications from experienced paramedics who are forward thinking, confident, enthusiastic and have a positive approach to teamwork.

Candidates must be a Registered Paramedic, with a minimum of 5 years experience post-qualifying and possess the enthusiasm and motivation required to undertake a demanding yet rewarding role.

Main duties of the job

The Trainee First Contact Practitioner (FCP) is an experienced Paramedic who has completed a Higher Educational Institute course in clinical assessment and treatment skills and is able to demonstrate a determination to develop their advanced clinical practice credentials. This is underpinned by BSc level education in a relevant training programme approved by the College of Paramedics. The Trainee FCP must have successfully completed their two-year Consolidation of Learning period as a newly qualified paramedic and have a further three years experience working as a band 6 (or equivalent) paramedic. The Trainee FCP role requires the clinician to work across several areas in a regional rotational model. This will include working into some areas of Primary Care, providing an emergency response to all categories of patients and telephone assessment of patients as part of the NEAS Clinical Advisory Service (CAS). There will be a requirement for every Trainee FCP to complete staged competency training prior to being deployed into the Primary Care aspect of the role and undergo further training within a specified timeframe to develop into the First Contact Practitioner role.

About us

We employ 3,500 staff in 63 locations and serve a population of 2,600,000 in Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, County Durham, and Tees over 3230 square miles.

Many people think the job of the ambulance service is to collect patients and take them to hospital, but we do much more!

Paramedic skills have developed hugely in recent years, meaning we carry out more treatment at the scene and en-route to hospital.

We have a dedicated clinical assessment service that allows us to provide patients with the most appropriate care from the beginning of the patient journey.

We have a specialised branch of the Trust called HART which deal with explosions or terrorist attacks.

Ultimately patients are the heart of everything that we do to support our mission of safe, effective and responsive care for all.

We value and respect the diversity employees bring to our workplace. We recruit a workforce that reflects the community we serve, and welcome applications from people from all backgrounds. To ensure we deliver on our aims in relation to diversity and inclusion we assess ourselves against a range of frameworks. We are ENEI Gold employer, Disability Confident Leader, Dyslexia Smart Award employer, Dementia Friendly, and part of Mind Blue Light programme and the Race at Work Charter from the Princes Responsible Business Network and are achieving across all objectives in NHS Equality Delivery System.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached job description document in order to access the full responsibilities of the Trainee Practitioner role.

Person Specification



  • Ability to apply research findings and support evidence based practice.
  • Understanding of Safeguarding procedures for vulnerable adults, children and young people.


  • Experience of monitoring and auditing of standards of care within the Unscheduled Care Service.
  • Have current knowledge of developments within Emergency/Unscheduled Care and the wider healthcare economy.



  • Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration.
  • BSc in a training programme approved by the College of Paramedics (e.g. Paramedic Science)
  • Advanced Clinical Assessment and Management course (min 30 credits/ Level 6).
  • Evidence of ongoing professional development.


  • Pre-reg MSc in a training programme approved by the College of Paramedics.
  • Independent Prescribing Qualification or willing to work towards.
  • Teaching / Mentoring Qualification Current Advanced Life Support Course (ALS) / Immediate Life Support Course (ILS)



  • Experience working in Emergency/Urgent/Unscheduled Care relevant to the post.
  • Experience of working collaboratively with a variety of agencies and professionals and across organisational boundaries.
  • Experience of successfully working to deadlines and completing tasks.


  • Experience of working as anautonomous practitioner undertaking complex assessments and management of own caseload.
  • Excellent leadership skills, experience in clinical team management including performance
  • Experience of developing and implementing clinical protocols, clinical pathways and clinical policies.

Key Skills


  • Advanced patient assessment skills required for role. (Adult & Child).
  • Highly effective organisational skills and ability to prioritise personal and departmental workload effectively.


  • Ability to communicate complex and technical information both verbally and in writing to other healthcare professionals.
  • Information Technology skills including use of common clinical systems, MS Office and email.

Employer details

Employer name

North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust


NEAS Headquarters

Bernicia House

Newburn Riverside Business Park

NE15 8NY

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