Collaboration with experts by experience of using mental health services and Carers will be members of the interview panel. Together the interview will ensure that the candidates are people who have the required values and principles to support dignified and safe care, on behalf of Douglas Angus. We assure the public through our Codes of Conduct for Nurses and Health Care Assistants that we are accountable for our actions and our omissions.
Current Policies related to employment Law embracing equality and diversity.
What will Douglas Angus offer to Registered Nurses?
Support for continuing professional development (CPD),
Revalidation support for the Nursing & Midwifery Council
Facilitation of critical reflective practice.
Support and career advice
Flexible working hours dependent on personal availability and demand across the Care providers in the NHS & Private Sectors.
What preparation will I receive to fulfil my role as a Mental Health Ambulance Driver?
Douglas Angus will train drivers to be Mentors and Work-based Trainer-Leads as specialist mental health paramedics, recognised by the British Ambulance Association and the Care Quality Commission in the provision of repatriation & Service Safe and Secure Transport.
Flexible shift patterns based on your availability
Divers as Lead Trainers, work with Registered mental health nurses & health care assistants, to form bespoke coordinated teams based on skills, attitude & attributes to manage the challenges of risk assessment and psychiatric emergencies.
We support your physical health wellbeing as colleagues who may require support for career development across the NHS & Private Sectors” as “Experts by "Experience” who may be in recovery from challenges to personal wellbeing.
We understand that to remain current and applicable requires discipline, guidance current evidence-based practice.
There is an expectation and commitment to the East of England’’ Code of Conduct for Ambulance Drivers.
We provide training to fulfil your role
Full clean manual driving licence that covers the right vehicles, for your local ambulance service
Have medical clearance tests to ensure you are fit and well
An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Certificate (DBS)
Be an experienced driver in the field of mental health or be prepared to be trained to meet role and responsibilities
Be able to read maps, satellite navigation.
You will require
excellent driving skills record.
timekeeping and organisational skills
excellent communication skills
the ability to reassure anxious, worried or patients with challenging behaviour
What you'll do
You'll drive patients to and from their hospital appointments. Your day-to-day tasks may include:
helping patients out of their home and into the ambulance (it may involve moving and re-positioning and due to the nature of mental ill health at times techniques related to the safe Prevention and management of violence and aggression (PMVA) is essential and training is available)
Conveyancing patients, who initially placed in temporary beds out-with their locality, are later re-called and repatriated to their primary care trust.
Using a radio or mobile phone to keep in touch with the ambulance control room as the coordinator at main hub
checking and maintaining the ambulance and its equipment
keeping accurate records of journeys.
The work can be physically and emotionally demanding, it is highly recommended that you are pro-active to support your own physical and mental health.
You are required to wear a uniform and use protective equipment when required e.g. Gloves to support infection control.
Effective Care pathways include conveyancing from police custody suites and courts to make sure individuals with co-existing mental health and drug and alcohol issues can effectively access appropriate substance misuse services.