Emergency Care Assistant

Emergency Care Assistants (ECA) provide specialist care and treatment to patients who have been involved in accidents or emergencies. Emergency Care Assistants need the ability to make swift decisions and stay calm.  An ECA will be a member of two-person ambulance crew, supported by a Paramedic or Technician/Associate Ambulance Practitioner (AAP).
Typical duties of the role include:
  • driving and staffing ambulances and other emergency vehicles
  • responding to emergency 999 calls
  • supporting the Paramedic or Technician in the care of patients
  • assist in dressing wounds/injuries
  • transporting patients to hospital and continuing to provide treatment while in transit
  • providing hospital staff with patient information including condition and treatment
  • helping provide patient care in hospitals and other medical facilities
  • communicating effectively with patients and their relatives/friends
  • 24-hour shift work (including weekends) is usually a standard requirement of the role.
Qualifications and training required
As an Emergency Care Assistant, you need an FREC to level-4 or an IHCD BTec level-2
Or a Futqual level-3 ECA Certificate
Minimum requirements for this role
  • Hold a current DBS
  • Over 21-years of age
  • Hold a full manual driving licence, for not less than two years, allowing up to a maximum of six points
  • Hold an Ambulance Emergency Driving Certificate which can be either
    • Futqual level-3 blue light or
    • IHCD BTec level-3 emergency blue light
Key skills for an Emergency Care Assistant
  • A caring and outgoing personality
  • A proven track record of working well in a team environment
  • Good communication skills
  • The ability to stay calm
  • A good level of physical fitness
  • Good navigational skills and driving skills
  • Resilience
  • Stamina