Medical Response Team Member
Deploy small teams to respond to emergency calls in crowds, noisy and challenging environments. Teams provide lifesaving interventions and rapidly extract patients typically by means of carry sheet to a treatment centre or ambulance. This role requires volunteers to be comfortable frequently carrying patients (using various pieces of equipment) for many hundreds of metres, deploying in small teams and in all weather for long shifts. Exceptional communication and first aid skills are required. Being part of MRT is a specialist role and is open to Advanced First Aiders and above. MRT volunteers form a ‘virtual' team but remain attached to their home unit and keep their current line manager as their primary manager.
Expected time commitment: 8-16 hours per month Function: First Aid Services Line managed by: Regional Medical Response Team Lead Main Contacts: REGIONAL MEDICAL RESPONSE TEAM LEAD WHAT YOU WOULD BE INVOLVED IN (DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES) · Represent St John Ambulance in a professional manner at events · Attend cases of accident and sudden illness and respond to urgent and general patients within crowded areas, operating in disciplined small teams on foot (carrying all equipment in load bearing vests and/or equipment bags, as directed) · As part of a small team, carry out the appropriate initial treatment of patients and then arrange their safe removal to a suitable location for continuing treatment · Accurately compile patient report forms, accident forms and other paperwork associated with providing care in this role · Attend courses, including most biannual full weekend MRT training events, one off training evenings and days, and other training necessary to maintain skills at the required level · Undertake continuous training and development applicable to MRT members · Have due regard to patient confidentiality at all times · Ensure that all equipment used is fit for purpose, cleaned and stored in accordance with procedures and any faults or damage is reported · Follow and comply with Infection Prevention and Control best practice, guidance and policy · Follow all other MRT and St John Ambulance Policies and Procedures as implemented within the organisation, especially those that relate to Clinical and Health and Safety · Maintain a record of all hours undertaken in both an operational capacity and in the training environment
WHO WE ARE LOOKING FOR (PERSON SPECIFICATION) · Qualified to advanced first aider level or above Required · Excellent basic first aid skills and experience at major events Required · Some initial understanding and knowledge of crowd dynamics and human factors Desirable · Experience working at SJA events with large crowds (in any role) Desirable · Ability to work in a small disciplined team Required · Excellent communication skills including high level of competence with SJA radios Required · Be ‘fit for role’ – achieve the baseline fitness requirements for this role. This role includes carrying patients on carry sheets, which requires a high degree of fitness and strength. There is a role specific fitness assessment as part of the selection process Required · Ability to provide sufficient time to develop as a MRT member (both attending training and building up operational experience), as well as maintaining a role in non-MRT unit Required · Willing and able to continue to maintain training and competence at existing uniit Required · Ability to remain objective and focussed at all times. Required · Willingness to travel across the region, and occasionally country, as required. Required · Willingness to adapt and learn new skills Required · Ability to use Microsoft Office 365 applications at a basic level. Required
WHAT YOU WILL GET FROM THIS ROLE · Enhanced understanding of the pre-hospital care environment and SJA activities at events · Training and mentored operational experience operating in dense crowds · Being part of a small close-knit team · Opportunities to deploy on mutual aid deployments to large events across the UK · Opportunities for multidisciplinary working with colleagues in other services, such as NHS ambulance trusts · Access to adventure training to boost map reading and team working skills ROLE SPECIFIC
EXPECTATIONS · Attend initial MRT member training weekends, as well as bi-annual MRT training weekends · Maintain a minimum clinical level of Advanced First Aider · As a rough guide, aim to attend at least an average of one MRT event or training day per month SCREENING REQUIREMENT FOR ROLE (CATEGORY TWO) As applicants must already be operational Advanced First Aiders (or above), this role requires the attendance at a selection event which will evaluate the performance of the candidates. TRAINING & SUPPORT PROVIDED The training we will provide for you in your initial months is as follows: · A weekend (not residential) initial MRT member training · A full-team (residential) MRT training weekend · Carefully mentored operational experience as an MRT ‘Operator’ The training we will provide for you in your first year is as follows: · A weekend practicing basic MRT skills, and introduction to more advanced skills · Additional development as agreed by your Regional MRT Lead You will be required to wear MRT specific uniform at events so you can be clearly identified as part of the organisation. This will be provided to you.