You can find some frequently asked questions at the bottom of this page.

You can find some frequently asked questions at the bottom of this page.

East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust is an equal opportunities and Disability Confident employer and is committed to improving representation from all sections of the community. We have an underrepresented Workforce and specifically seek applicants from Black and Minority Ethnic communities.


The type of qualifications we expect applicants to possess varies according to the role you are applying for. Each job we advertise will have a job description and person specification relevant to that role.

You are advised to read these fully before applying to make sure you are suitable. Ensuring you match the person specification will increase the chances of your application being shortlisted.

For the frontline roles within our 999 operations and Patient Transport teams, the qualification criteria is strictly observed to ensure that each individual has the academic ability to carry out the role they’ve applied for, and also the ability to develop in the service in the future.

Your chances of securing an appointment are increased if you can demonstrate you have any type of work experience (including volunteering) that displays an aptitude for caring for people. For example, St John Ambulance or British Red Cross.

Roles which involve driving

If you wish to apply for an operational post which will require you to drive an accident and emergency vehicle, then there are a series of regulations (under the Road Traffic Act) that you must meet:

  • Full UK driving licence and no more than three points (minor offences) on your licence.
  • If you passed your test after 1996, you will need an extra driving qualification to drive larger vehicles and carry passengers. For Accident and Emergency work, you must have at least a C1 provisional licence. Please state this clearly on your application form. To add C1 provisional to your licence you will need to contact the DVLA.
  • Good eyesight is essential for any roles where driving is concerned.
  • Medical assessments are carried out for all key clinical roles.

Frequently asked questions

As stated on the advert, it might take up to eight weeks after the closing date for shortlisting to be complete.  If you haven’t heard anything within after eight weeks, please consider your application unsuccessful. Due to the high level of applications we receive, we are unable to provide feedback at shortlisting stage.

You should hold a C1 (prior to starting) or C1 provisional on your license (minimum requirement of point of application).

If you are successful through the selection process and have a C1 provisional, obtaining a full C1 is an essential requirement. If successful, the full C1 category will need to be obtained prior to your first day in employment with EMAS and will be a conditional part of your offer.

A full, clean, manual driving licence is also required. We will not be able to accept more than 3 points on a driving licence (minor offences only). Any other offences or endorsements would have to be spent for at least 11 years, as per our driving policy.

All our vacancies are advertised on our vacancies page or on the NHS Jobs website.

We are not planning on recruiting any more Emergency Care Assistants in the future. We suggest that you look at our Ambulance Support Crew (ASC) role, joining our patient transport service or becoming an EMAS urgent care assistant.

At the time of the interview you will have to provide evidence of the qualifications stated on your application, or at the very least proof of having requested the replacements. If you are unable to do so, unfortunately, we are unable to go through with your interview and will remove you form the recruitment process. We welcome you to reapply should there be any future intakes once you have obtained proof of your qualifications.

Also, please note that your replacement certificates will have to comply to the level required (GCSE Grade C or above in Maths, English and Science), as if they are at lower grade (or equivalent lower) we will not go through with the offer of employment.  

Proof of qualifications – Candidates are ‘required to supply exam certification for all qualifications declared on your application form. The Government replacement certificate website provides useful information for requesting replacement certificates. International qualifications will also require a statement of comparability issued by ENIC.

We provide observational shifts for the general public so long as the following criteria is met:

Any member of EMAS NHS Trust staff


Community First Responders; - Non-Executive Directors; - Clinical members another NHS Trust; - Frontline staff public service, such as Police or Fire; - Students and trainee healthcare professionals over the age of 18 (such as student paramedics, nurses, or doctors) in an observer role not clinical placement role; - Members of Parliament; - Members of the Press; - External Inspectors including CQC; - Commissioners

No observational shifts are possible at present until further notice in any of our ambulance services or facilities for safety reasons due to Covid-19.

Anyone who wishes to study paramedic science at university will need to contact the university directly to discuss entry requirements.

EMAS has links with the following universities which means we provide students with their placements for ambulance practice, see individual university websites for details.

  • Sheffield Hallam University
  • Nottingham Trent University
  • De Montfort University
  • University of Northampton
  • University of Lincoln

If you do not have the entry criteria to go directly to university to study on a degree programme, EMAS have developed links with Nottingham Trent University and the University of Lincoln to run a Certificate of Higher Education Ambulance Technician course.  Placements are with EMAS and we then consider these students for employment on successful completion if there are qualified Technician posts available.  We then run an internal Technician to Paramedic Apprenticeship programme which qualified Technicians can apply for.