Anyone worked as an Emergency Care Support Worker (Ambulance service)?

Discussion in 'education & employment' started by sim667, Jul 24, 2019.

  1. sim667

    sim667 Licking windows on the 303 bus.

    For driving?

    Yeah I think so, even a day course every 5 years or so would do it. Im not the best of drivers, also not the worst, but the last two days really made me aware of how complacent I'd become and also makes you realise just how shit some drivers are.

    Mind you, I'll be doing roadcraft and blue light training at the end of November and beginning of December, so that could be another rude awakening.
  2. BigTom

    BigTom Well-Known Member

    Lorry and bus drivers have a form of mandatory refresher training in the form of Periodic CPC training, which I assume sim will need to do in time. It's 5 days of training in a rolling 5 year period, some of it is only indirectly driving related, things like tachograph and driver hours training whilst other are directly driving related like the cycle and pedestrian safety awareness course. Most courses are either a half day or full day with the idea that people will do one day a year, but the reality is that a lot did nothing until the first 5 years was up and then did a week of courses. I think the rule was introduced 6 or 7 years ago.
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  3. kalidarkone

    kalidarkone Bringing YOU round.....

    Yeah knew you would! Well done :D
  4. Rebelda

    Rebelda Nearly as bad as Badgers

    Nothing below the elbow is correct. I love my fob watch - was told to get a cheap one cos they get washed by accident, but I haven't done that yet :D still going strong. You'll only really need the second hand anyway. Glasses prescription is a good idea but I'd avoid the photo ones cos you'll be going from daylight into gloomy houses and you won't want them dimming inside. A pair of prescription sunglasses maybe but probably not necessary until next year now. I think boots are part of the uniform. Flask is a must. Bunch of cheap pens - you'll have to write in black. I use the multi coloured ones for writing on my handover but you might only need black. I love my retractable ID fob cos I hate having a lanyard round my neck. Pretty sure they'll give you alcohol gel.

    YES!!! I'm so excited for you :thumbs::thumbs::thumbs:
  5. Rebelda

    Rebelda Nearly as bad as Badgers

    No but heart attacks sometimes get brought to London for reasons.
  6. sim667

    sim667 Licking windows on the 303 bus.

    It’s not actually that safe to have a lanyard with I’d round your neck whilst driving apparently so retractable thingy is a good shout.

    My ex housemate left a super expensive flask here when he left and it’s huge.

    Are you in a union? It looks like a choice between GMB and Unison for me....
  7. sim667

    sim667 Licking windows on the 303 bus.

    Ambulance service is CPC exempt. But I’m thinking about doing it so I can do some 7.5t driving on the side for some extra pocket money.
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  8. Lord Camomile

    Lord Camomile Lemonade socialist

    My friend is currently on the course* and fucking loving it. Best of luck! :cool: :)

    *or possibly a different course, still not 100% on the roles and who's doing what, but you're both gonna be driving around in ambulances getting covered in other peoples' goo.
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  9. Rebelda

    Rebelda Nearly as bad as Badgers

    Ah I hadn't thought of that. Plus they dangle which is no good when you're leaning over someone. You can get fun ones - mine's a hot air balloon.

    RCN or unison for me. Currently rcn cos their student resources are good but then will decide based on what's best at my workplace. You do need to join one, cos if you do bank shifts you're not covered by NHS indemnity insurance but you get it via membership.
  10. sim667

    sim667 Licking windows on the 303 bus.

    Ah interesting..... they didn't tell us that.

    It looks like we have a choice between GMB and Unison.
  11. Rebelda

    Rebelda Nearly as bad as Badgers

    Hmm may apply differently of course, I don't know.
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  12. kalidarkone

    kalidarkone Bringing YOU round.....

    I'm in GMB. I noted that they were the only union that publicly disagreed with the crap and misleading 'pay rise' a few years ago. Later Unison admitted they had made a mistake in supporting it.
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