At the risk of starting a NHS/VAS war here I ll also stand by my statement early on in the thread - I DO NOT THINK YOU CAN LEGALLY DRIVE AN EMERGENCY AMBULANCE IF YOU ARE IDDM under EU regs - can't find them though. I know of at least two staff who have been removed from operational duties after diagnosis of IDDM. EMERGENCY ambulance services - ie NHS Trusts - are so worried about liabilty that if you fart in the wrong place you ll be off the road!
Have a look at section 6 here...
I would also dispute that Red Cross/SJAB etc are actually frontline vehicles so maybe that's how you ve got around it?
As for believing senior ambulance service managers... well I d trust the little green men from Mars more!
Again not sure about the VAS but as far as I know all the services want C1/D1 on your licence before letting you work operationally, especially as in most NHS services you ll start by doing patient transport on 'mini bus' type ambulances which then come under the commercial driving regulations and the law regarding them. A lot of services including mine are expecting potential staff to pay for and pass the additional testing - runs around £1100 at the moment I think.
Also I work as a single responder on a car or 4 x 4 but still could be required to drive any service vehicle including those with trailers upto 7500kgs.
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Guess thats where the case by case bit is coming from.
If you are responding to emergencies on behalf of an NHS Trust under a 'reservist' type deal, (bailing the understaffed and overstretched NHS service out of the crap for those who don't know), I would be very careful because from my 15+ years experience in the job they ll dump you in it to protect themselves so quick you won't know what hit you.
A couple of calls came up with same response as DM... unlikely we would employ you... but final decesion would be with occupational health.