Work with our clinical team

In 2021, we were called to 1,964 missions. That's an average of five missions a day across the year. Our crew are faced with the most complex and serious 999 calls in our region on a daily basis, taking the skills of a hospital emergency department to the scene of an incident. Our team really do help when someone needs us the most.

Do you want to work with a team that strives for clinical excellence in order to develop your own skills? Working with Great Western Air Ambulance Charity provides an excellent opportunity to use a range of skills in a unique environment on some of the most complicated critical care cases. Whether it is on a roadside or in someone's living room, our work will stimulate and challenge. In addition, we provide regular training opportunities to allow for the continued development of all of our clinical team.


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Unit Doctor

Great Western Air Ambulance Charity is looking for an appropriately skilled and qualified Consultant to become part of the Critical Care Team. This is a replacement post and is based at the Emergency Air Operations Base, Almondsbury, South Gloucestershire, and working under the clinical direction of South Western Ambulance Service Foundation Trust.

The clinical team is dispatched to the most serious incidents and medical emergencies by helicopter or critical care car – 1,964 in 2021. GWAAC is one of the busiest air ambulances in the country, covering rural and urban areas, treating both adults and children, and dealing with an even split of trauma and medical incidents. This role offers unparalleled clinical experience and the opportunity to further develop your skills alongside a team of highly respected Advanced / Specialist Paramedics and Consultants in Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine. Each team consists of a Critical Care Doctor, an Advanced or Specialist Paramedic in Critical Care, and if using the helicopter, an experienced pilot. At GWAAC, the emphasis is on working as a team, acknowledging that each profession has different skills, but that together we are stronger than the sum of our parts.  

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GWAAC is an accredited PHEM training unit and expects formal training to be completed on every shift. Crew members are expected to help with the running of the unit and supporting the charitable aspects of the work – the need to raise £4m each year means that the team is often in demand for media interviews and visits from former patients. Responsibilities for various tasks and developments are usually shared between team members. This means that working with GWAAC is diverse, fun, challenging and very rewarding.  
The GWAAC service covers the 2.1m people in Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire, North Somerset and parts of Wiltshire. It was formed in 2007 and since its inception has delivered the Gold Standard of Critical Care via car or helicopter. We now operate from a purpose-built airbase which is owned by the charity. 


To apply, please review the attached role description and person specification, and send a CV and covering letter explaining how you meet this specification to our Medical Director, Ed Valentine, at

Deadline for applications:
30 September 2022

If you would like to discuss this opportunity before applying, please email Ed ( with suggested availability for a telephone conversation and your telephone number.


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