Assistant Ambulance Practitioner role – FAQs
Assistant Ambulance Practitioners (AAPs) respond in ambulances alongside either a registered paramedic or another suitably-qualified member of staff and deliver emergency and urgent care to a wide range of patient groups.
What is salary of an AAP?
The starting salary will be £26,447, which is inclusive of Outer High Cost Allowance (HCAS).
After training salary will remain at £26,447 if posted Outer London or will increase to £27,157 if posted Inner London.
What is the career pathway?
The AAP role is an entry route role to become a Paramedic without the requirement of going to university.
Upon successful completion of AAP training, you will be eligible to apply for the Trainee Emergency Ambulance Crew (TEAC) role.
If successful, you will start on our upskilling from AAP to TEAC apprenticeship programme. Once you have successfully completed all elements of the TEAC training you will join as a full time Emergency Ambulance Crew (EAC).
You will then be eligible to apply for the Paramedic Degree Apprenticeship, which is a two year course. After that you qualify as a Newly Qualified Paramedic.
London Ambulance Service funds all training.
Where will the training be based?
Our training education centres are based at Dockside, East London and Brentford, West London. Both training education centres are Outer London.
- Dockside– Newham Dockside, 1000 Dockside Road, E16 2QU
- Brentford– 4 Brentside Park, Brentford TW8 9DS
Where will I be posted once I have completed my training?
You will be posted to a group station in one of our sectors; North West, North Central, North East, South West and South East.
Currently, the sectors with the most vacancies are: North West, North West and North Central.
The scheduling team will try and post you to your nearest group station as possible however, you will be posted to the area of the greatest need.
- How do I apply?
What do I need to apply?
All applicants need to be aged 18 years or older (in line with legislation) with a good level of education. There is no requirement to have any previous healthcare experience.
All applicants need to have a current manual B class driving licence, valid in the UK, with a maximum of 3 penalty points and C1 provisional licence or full C1 licence at the time of application. A driving licence summary check will be requested at pre-screening stage to evidence this entitlement.
Other essential and desirable criteria can be found on the job description.
I don’t have a C1 provisional licence yet can I still apply?
Unfortunately, we will not be able to move forward with your application if you do not hold your C1 provisional licence at the point of application.
Please apply for this role once this has been added to your licence.
Would you give me any advice for my application form?
- Make sure all sections of the application form have been completed
- Ensuring all details are correct including your full employment and education history
- Make sure you have provided professional email addresses for your referees as we are unable to request references from personal email addresses
- Within your support information, detail your experience, knowledge, achievements, skills & abilities that meet the criteria of the person specification
- There is an additional question which asks what is your motivation for applying for the role, make sure your answer is detailed confirming what your motivation is
- Lastly, this is YOUR application form so YOUR time to shine!
What happens after submitting my application?
Your application will go through pre-screening where a driving licence summary will be requested from you to evidence that you hold a current manual B class driving licence, valid in the UK, with no more than 3 penalty points and C1 provisional licence.
If all is satisfactory, your application will progress to shortlisting. If successful, you will be invited to attend an assessment centre. If you do not hear back from us within 4 weeks of the advert closing, please assume that you have not been successful at the shortlisting stage.
What does the assessment include?
The assessment will be face-to-face lasting 2 hours and will include the below:
- English Assessment: This will include checking grammar, punctuation, complex sentences, bias language and verbs.
- Maths Assessment: This will include numeracy such as; arithmetic and calculations (mean, percentages, perimeters, kilograms, correlation, diameters and ratios).
- Lifting Assessment: This will include lifting and carrying a 50kg mannequin in a wheelchair with a partner.
You will be required to bring your current Passport and/or a right to work document, current driving licence and one additional proof of address such as bank statement dated within the last three months.
What happens after the assessment?
If you are successful at the assessment you will receive an invite to interview.
If you are unsuccessful at assessment, you’ll be notified of the outcome within two working days via email with the area(s) you fell short. You will need to wait three months before you can re-apply for this role.
How do I prepare for interview?
The interview will take roughly 1 hour and will be conducted via Microsoft Teams.
The interview will be competency based, where the panel will request examples to support your answers alongside the core values of the Trust. Remember to use interview techniques when answering your questions, for example STARR – Situation, Task, Action, Result, and Reflection.
The Recruitment Team have created an “interview top tips” video which is available on YouTube, we would encourage you to watch this video prior to your interview: https://youtu.be/sspqquFFa8Y
What happens after my interview?
If you are successful at interview you will be sent a conditional offer with a provisional start date outlining all of the pre-employment checks that are required. You will need to obtain your full C1 licence at least two weeks before the course start date depending on your notice period as we will not be able to clear your pre-employment checks until this has been added to your licence.
If you are unsuccessful you will receive a call and feedback will be provided. You will need to wait three months before you can re-apply for this role.
How do I obtain a C1 provisional licence?
The C1 provisional licence process can take up to 3 weeks so it’s really important to start the process as soon as possible. It can take longer if your health or personal details need to be checked.
There is no application fee to apply. You need to complete the “D2” and “D4” forms from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).
You can either collect these from your local post office or order the forms on the GOV.UK website here.
Filling in form D4
The D4 form has to be filled in by a doctor. This could be either:
- Your GP – but an optician might need to fill in the section about your eyesight
- A private firm specialising in driver’s medical exams
Your doctor, optician or a private firm can charge you.
Filling in form D2
- The category you are applying for is C1
Once complete, you will need to send both forms along with your photo card driving licence to the DVLA. If you have a paper driving licence you must include a passport-style colour photo and original identity documents. The postal address to post the forms back to is DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1BR. You should then receive your driving licence back in the post within 3 weeks with the C1 provisional entitlement held.
If you hold an EU licence, you will need to complete a “D9” form found here on the GOV.UK website and obtain a UK licence with the C1 provisional entitlement.
We strongly advise you to revise as much as possible whilst waiting for your C1 provisional licence to be returned from the DVLA to help improve your chances of passing your theory test first time.
Does the LAS provide funding for C1 tests?
LAS funding will be available to complete the C1 theory tests (multiple choice and hazard perception) and C1 practical test via the C1 incentive agreement for successful candidates.
Candidates will be responsible to cover any re-tests for the C1 theory or C1 practical test should they be unsuccessful on their first attempt.
This is only available with our driving school, Wallace. We will not be able to reimburse any money if this is booked privately.
Any top tips to help me revise for my theory test?
There are two parts to the theory test; multiple choice and hazard perception. Once you have obtained your C1 provisional licence, you can book your HGV theory (module A) and Hazard perception test (module B) test.
The multiple-choice test is about HGV driving, you will need to score a minimum of 85 out of 100. Essential reading would be the “Highway Code”, DVSA “Driving goods vehicles manual” and “The official theory test for large goods vehicles”.
The hazard perception test you will watch 19 video clips and need to score a minimum of 67 out of 100. There are a lot programmes available online to practice, we would recommend using “theory test pro” which offers questions and hazard perception clips.
You do not need your driver CPC.
Why is a full C1 licence required before starting?
The C1 licence is an additional part to your manual Cat B licence. It allows you to drive ambulances and other vehicles up to 7.5 tonnes with a trailer up to 750kg.
If you passed your category B driving test before January 1997, you will automatically have a C1 on your licence. If not, you will need to book your C1 training and your practical test after successful completion of passing your C1 theory tests.
If have been successful for the role and have completed the C1 incentive agreement form, we will send your details over to our driving school, Wallace, who will be in touch to arrange the C1 training and practical test.
If you wish to book privately, you can do this by contacting a driving centre that offers C1 training. You will then need to book your C1 practical test through the DVLA.