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As an NHS foundation trust, South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) cares deeply about the local communities it serves.

We are there when you need us most and we are passionate about delivering the best services. Do you know there are many ways you can get involved?

... as a member or a governor of our trust
Help to shape the future of your ambulance service by becoming a member of our trust.
Membership is free, and how engaged you are as a member is entirely up to you. You might want simply to receive an occasional electronic newsletter, or receive more regular information about the work we do. Or you might want to play a more active role, participating in focus groups or surveys or standing as a governor on our Council of Governors. Being a member will not affect the treatment you receive. For more information about our foundation trust or joining us, please email: getinvolved@scas.nhs.uk

...as a career
There has never been a more exciting time to join us. Over the last 10 years the role of frontline ambulance crew has changed dramatically and continues to evolve to meet a growing demand for increasingly flexible emergency and urgent healthcare.
For those with drive and ambition SCAS offers many diverse clinically focussed career opportunities to deliver care to the communities we serve. These include working as a community paramedic in primary care, as an emergency care practitioner working in both the emergency and GP out of hours settings, or becoming a dispatcher in our modern control centres.
Our non emergency services staff also enjoy greater clinical training and opportunities than previously, with many responding to certain types of emergency calls, such as cardiac arrests, to help more patients more quickly across the region.
Frontline services apart, there are many opportunities to work with us as part of our vital support team at our centres in Bicester and Otterbourne. All of our current vacancies are uploaded to the NHS Jobs website at www.jobs.nhs.uk. For more information please contact recruitment@scas.nhs.uk

...as a community first responder
In the case of cardiac arrest, every second counts in restoring the patient to health, and often the minutes before the arrival of an ambulance after a '999'call can be vital.
We have a number of community first responder (CFR) schemes, where volunteers with basic first aid training are then trained in life saving skills such as the use of the automated external defibrillator (AED). CFRs use this knowledge to provide early and often vital intervention for patients suffering life threatening emergencies in the immediate vicinity of where they live or work. Once an ambulance arrives at the scene, CFRs work alongside a clinically qualified practitioner. Wherever you live or work, whether it's an urban, rural, or remote place, we could use your help now to help save a life in future. To find out more, telephone: 0800 587 0207, or email: cfr@scas.nhs.uk

...as a volunteer car driver
Our volunteer ambulance car drivers carry out an extremely important role within our Patient Transport Service (PTS), for example by taking people to and from hospital for outpatients appointments. All our voluntary drivers receive a mileage allowance for the work they do and normally spend most of their time working in their local area. For more information, please email: volunteer.cardriver@scas.nhs.uk

...as a fundraiser
South Central Ambulance League of Friends is a voluntary organisation that is dedicated to raising money across our region for our benefit. It is the only League of Friends associated with an ambulance service in England.
For more information about the League of Friends go to: http://www.ambulancefriends.org.uk/
We frequently call upon air support from both the Thames Valley and Chiltern and Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance Trusts. These organisations rely on fundraising initiatives and charitable donations to continue to provide life saving support across our geography 365 days a year. To offer your support for Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire please telephone: 0300 999 0135 or Email: info@tvacaa.org. For Hampshire please telephone 02380 333 377 or Email: enquiries@hiow-airambulance.org.uk

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