Ambulance care assistants must have a full driving licence including category D1 and an excellent understanding of the highway code. They must also have good geographical knowledge of the area and be able to use GPS systems to navigate safely, providing status and location information to Control.
Ambulance Care Assistants can also be called Patient Transport Service Drivers.
The typical responsibilities of an ambulance care assistant include:
- safe transport of patients, ensuring their dignity and respect is maintained
- transporting patients safely and comfortably in a timely manner
- carrying out daily equipment checks
- ensuring that appropriate moving and handling techniques are applied when moving patients under non-emergency conditions
- liaising with Control, responding to instructions and providing location or status updates
- ensuring daily vehicle checks are carried out prior to deployment
- completing accurate patient journey records
They may also be required to drive a range of ambulance vehicles, taking additional training courses if necessary.