UK Specialist Ambulance Service is now fully accredited and delivering the new 4 week Level 2 (Award in Ambulance Driving), & Level 3 (Certificate in Emergency Response Ambulance Driving) courses. Currently being run at either our Headquarters in Rainham, Essex or at our base of Operations in Fareham, Hampshire; these awards have replaced the IHCD D1 & D2 qualifications and are both listed on the Qualifications Credit Framework at Levels 2 & 3 respectively.
During the course you will be given the opportunity to drive a variety of vehicles including ‘marked’ and ‘unmarked’ vehicles. This will provide you with a better learning environment as you experience first hand the differences in handling, performance and stability. You will be surprised how much your driving can improve over the course of four weeks as our experienced mentors’ help and develop your skill set. All of our mentors’ are Ex – Police Officers and take great pride in their role.
Level 2 Award in Ambulance Driving:
This element provides the learner with the necessary knowledge, skills & understanding required to drive Ambulances in line with the DTAG (Driver Training Advisory Group) Drivers Manual, Roadcraft – The Police Drivers Handbook and The Highway Code. It includes 13 ‘Learner Outcomes’, including: pre-driving checks, current legislation, reversing and manoeuvring, vehicle safety systems, general vehicle control and overtaking to state a few. There is also a theory and road signs examination.
Level 3 Certificate in Emergency Response Ambulance Driving:
This element focuses more on the advanced elements of driving incorporated within ‘the system of car control’ and includes driving under emergency conditions in both daylight and reduced visibility (darkness). You will also learn about navigation, exemptions and dealing with confrontational behaviour when driving under emergency conditions.
The course includes: Observation skills, braking, steering, gear changing, basic implementation of the road-craft system of driving, overtaking, corners and bends,hazard awareness, reversing and manoeuvring, motorway driving, night driving, skid avoidance, the ability to drive the vehicle safely to emergencies and more.
All applicants must hold a current UK driving licence.
Although the vehicles we use for the course do not fall under the C1 driving restrictions, it would be beneficial if course candidates hold the DVLA C1 & D1 driving entitlements. However this is not a course requirement.