Driving within the NHS is split into two separate qualifications:
Level 2 - Ambulance Driving (around 1 week in duration)
Level 3 - Emergency Ambulance Response Driving (around 3 weeks in duration)
Throughout the 4 weeks, you will build on your current driving style and pick up additional or advanced driving methods; which your driving instructor will guide you through. Be prepared, it isn't always a breeze - you will be put under pressure and asked to do things you may not always feel comfortable with, but you will have the full support of your driving instructor and course lead.
The idea of the ERAD course is to get you used to driving a vehicle at speed (and that doesn't always mean above the speed limits, it could be working around stand-still traffic!)
Throughout the four weeks you will also drive a range of different transmissions, size and shape of vehicles and you will feel your confidence grow throughout.
I won't give too much away, however you will feel like you have gained a lot when you finish the driving course.
Most ambulance services use the FutureQuals qualifications for driver education - again, just like the clinical education, you can find further information on their website. Click Here.
The course will use the following books:
Know your roadsigns
DTAG Driver's Handbook
These books should be provided for you on your course as you will need them to complete the portfolio. The portfolio is very content heavy and you will have to use all four of the books to write out short essays to fit the assessment criteria, depending on what the portfolio is asking you. It is very important you get this out the way, as you will then be able to enjoy the driving side a lot more - else you'll become weighed down with the volume of work.
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