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Observer - Third Manning

Observing on a SECAMB Ambulance

The Third Manning / Observer Procedure exists to ensure that there is a safe and auditable approach within SECAmb for our staff and members of the public when third manning or observing on a Trust vehicle.

Anyone requesting to go out with a crew should apply via the following process:

We offer this facility to applicants who are aged 18 years and over, who are in the medical profession already or actively studying within it.

Step 1

Download and complete our indemnity form and send this via email to

Please also enclose

  • Copy of your passport or photo driving licence
  • Copy of your current staff/student ID card (if applicable)
  • Copy of both pages of your DBS certificate dated within the last 3 years
  • Supporting email from your line manager/tutor. (if applicable)

Note: If you are a member of SECAMB staff or an active member of SECAMB Community First Responder you only need to complete and return the indemnity form.

Our HR team will then receive your details and be able to process the assurance checks that we must carry out prior to any application progressing to the next stage.

Step 2

Once your checks have been completed HR will confirm your clearances to our L&D department. 

A member of the L&D team will then contact you to complete an  online learning course.

Should you have any difficulties with step 1 or 2, please email our HR Contact:

Step 3

Once you have undertaken your training arrangements will be made to put you in contact with the relevant Operational Dispatch Area (ODA) Administrator to arrange a suitable shift.

Completion of this training will be recorded the Trust’s training database. You will be issued with a certificate of completion as evidence that you can also keep for your Continued Professional Development (CPD) file, if appropriate. Please remember that this certificate is valid for one year from the date of issue.

Should you have any difficulties with step 3, please email our L&D Contact:

Please note that the training certificate that will be issued upon completion of this course is valid for twelve months from the date of issue. After this time has expired should you wish to have another observational shift with a SECAmb crew you will need to undergo the personnel checks and re-take this Observer course.


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