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HART teams will eventually be operating in a number of NHS Ambulance Trusts across England.

Thinking of joining the HART team?

View the HART recruitment video.

What does it take to become HART personnel?

There is no doubt that joining the HART team takes a lot of preparation and training. However it also calls for a range of personal attributes that will enable the team member to operate effectively within this environment.

HART personnel:

  • Work well with others in a team.
  • Can communicate quickly and freely with others on scene.
  • Have good physical fitness and stamina.
  • Can think quickly and are ready to make difficult judgment calls.
  • Can see themselves undertaking clinical intervention in potentially difficult or extreme situations.
  • Are flexible and can readily adapt to changing circumstances.
  • Can remain calm under pressure.
  • Are mentally and physically resilient

Recruitment and selection

For a HART Applicant Information Pack click here.

The selection process

The selection process is made up of seven stages:

  1. Advertising and Self-Assessment for the role (download SAQ here)
  2. Application and short listing
  3. Occupational health screening
  4. Resilience & Capability Questionnaire (Psychological assessment)
  5. Physical Competence Assessment (Fitness Test) (download PCA here)
  6. Competency Based Interview (What is this? Potential operatives / team leaders: Click here for guidance, potential HART managers: click here for guidance)
  7. Training course

With the exception of the psychological test, all stages of selection are eliminatory, i.e. if candidates do not successfully complete a whole stage they will not be able to continue to the next stage.

A national recruitment and selection process has been developed which includes a Physical Competence Assessment – assessing strength, stamina, dexterity, ability to work at height and in confined spaces. There is also a psychological assessment and competency based interview. Following selection those appointed then have extensive training programmes to undertake including three weeks residential for IRU and three weeks residential for USAR, during which they will continue to be assessed.

Recruitment Opportunities

HART is being rolled out into ambulance trusts in phases. To find out if your trust is participating and get more information about these opportunities contact your Human Resources Department or the HART Programme Manager.


If you are considering whether this might be the right role for you, have a look at these questions and answer them honestly for yourself before you proceed further.

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