At the frontline of NHS Scotland, the development of the Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS) and its people is critical to delivering Scottish Government objectives, NHS Scotland’s vision and the Health and Social Care Delivery Plan.

The Scottish Ambulance Service is the largest geographical ambulance service in Europe, undertaking 750,000 incidents and 4000 air ambulance missions. The Service currently employs 7,000 staff, works with 1,200 volunteers and is responsible for a range of services, from accident and emergency response, dispatching rapid air ambulance, carrying out specialist transfers of critical patients (SCOTSTAR), to delivering primary care and providing patient transport.

As a key enabler of the National Clinical Strategy, increasingly delivering primary care services 24/7 and one of Scotland’s three emergency services, the role of the Service continues to expand to include a more diverse range of services working with partners nationally, regionally and locally to improve public health and health outcomes.

It is expected that as a result of Government policies and strategies, the Service will grow in function and size and its methods of working and skills requirements will change dramatically in consequence.


The Scottish Ambulance Service is a national organisation providing a service to all of Scotland, covering some of the most remote and challenging terrains in the UK.

The Service delivers services in three regional operational directorates – north, east, west - and one national operation directorate which covers special operations teams, risk and resilience, air ambulance and specialist retrieval, and ambulance call handling and dispatch.

All operations are coordinated through three Ambulance Control Centres in Inverness, South Queensferry and Glasgow. These centres dispatch responses to 999 calls, manage air ambulance responses, provide specialist management of trauma cases and arrange patient transport services to hospitals as requested by other medical professionals.

The national headquarters is in Edinburgh. Executive directors are based there, along with other support functions such as finance, HR and corporate affairs.

The Air Ambulance operates from Inverness, Aberdeen and Glasgow and operates across the country with two fixed-wing aircraft and two helicopters. The Scottish Ambulance Service has its own air ambulances, however, the Service also works closely with the Scottish Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA) who have two helicopters operating from Perth and Aberdeen.

Join The Team

Did you know the Scottish Ambulance Service answer over 1.4 million calls for assistance every year and over 500,000 of them are emergencies?

1,000,000 patients transported

For many, the Scottish Ambulance Service is the frontline staff they meet and that help them at the point of need, delivering them safely to hospital. However, the Service has a full team of support staff working hard behind the scenes to make sure you get the very best care.

The Scottish Ambulance Service employs a host of truly remarkable, skilled people who make up the dynamic, caring team. If you'd like to join us, take a look at the job below and get in touch. The closing date is 18 June 2021.

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