News archive from April 2015
NTK ECA to EMT couse Beccles OPT
Thirteen on their way to EMT success
It might be an unlucky number for some, but 13 of our ECAs have cause to celebrate this week after taking the next step towards becoming emergency medical technicians (EMTs).
30 April 2015
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Calling all ECAs!
Are you an emergency care assistant (ECA) currently working in a frontline role with the Trust? Have you been thinking about your career development and starting your journey to becoming a paramedic?
30 April 2015
Glove box OPT
Psychosis site is valuable mental health resource, say researchers
A website detailing the causes, treatment and care of psychosis has been recommended for frontline staff wanting to know more about the condition.
30 April 2015
Accessing emails from home
Don’t have time to log onto a work computer to check your emails? Remember, if you want to you can check your emails from home/your phone by logging into Outlook via our website.
30 April 2015
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Video: HART put through their training paces
The communications team joined HART at Great Notley recently to see them test their working at height and use of breathing apparatus skills, in their annual refresher training.
29 April 2015
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Toughbook security
As part of the current upgrade to the Trust’s ePCR, toughbooks will be issued to all new ambulances and rapid response cars, to include the recent increase in our fleet.
28 April 2015
PPI at Welwyn Garden City   April 2015
PPI team report “good feedback” in Welwyn Garden City
Dozens of shoppers visited the patient and public involvement team at the Howard Centre in Welwyn Garden City last week, and told them how good they thought the service was.
27 April 2015
Richard Knapp patient meet up
Cardiac arrest survivor reunited with Trust staff and CFR
Cardiac arrest survivor Richard Knapp was this week re-united with the community first responder and staff from EEAST and Basildon and Thurrock University Hospital who saved his life.
26 April 2015
Work at Barton Mills completed   April 2015
Work completed to improve Barton Mills
The Trust’s workshop at Barton Mills has undergone a major refurbishment to increase teaching capacity at the driver training school and improve the facilities for Trust staff.
25 April 2015
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HCPC fees consultation
The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) has launched a consultation on proposals to increase its registration fees this year.
24 April 2015
Chief Executive Dr Anthony Marsh
Update from Anthony Marsh - 23rd April 2015
Your weekly message from the Trust Chief Executive.
23 April 2015
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Chief Executive recruitment update
The recruitment advert for a new Chief Executive will be published tomorrow (Friday, 24th April).
23 April 2015
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Inappropriate calls released
Emergency operations centre colleagues have been thanked for their involvement in the latest Trust video and media release.
23 April 2015
Tony Mclean
New clinical non-executive director appointed
A nurse who has previously been a CEO of community mental health and learning disability NHS trusts has been appointed as a non-executive director at EEAST.
23 April 2015
Graduation day at Chelmsford training centre!
Multiple celebrations took place on Friday at Chelmsford training centre, as 18 student paramedics and five direct-entry paramedics finished their courses.
23 April 2015
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Summary of CFR strategic meeting
In a new quarterly feature, you can read about what happened at April’s community first responder strategic group meeting at Trust headquarters in Melbourn.
20 April 2015
Advanced trauma team
May is trauma month
Throughout May there will be a clinical focus on trauma on Need to Know and gathering of information to share with the Trauma Network – and we want to know what you would like to read and see during the month.
19 April 2015
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Are you eligible for a long service award?
So far our invitees to this year’s Long Service and Excellence Awards have clocked up a staggering 2,645 years of service between them – and there’s still time to add your number to the list if you think you’re eligible.
19 April 2015
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What is MERS-CoV?
Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is a viral respiratory infection caused by coronavirus (MERS-CoV).
18 April 2015
Chapelfield exercise Norwich   March 2015
Marauding firearms incident: knowing what to do
If we received a 999 call to say that a roaming gunman was on the loose, would you know what to do?
17 April 2015
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Press release: Top of the league for response to most critically ill patients
Read the Trust's press release issued this week on our Red 1 performance in February.
17 April 2015
Chief Executive Dr Anthony Marsh
Update from Anthony Marsh - 16th April 2015
Your weekly update from the Trust Chief Executive.
16 April 2015
Bedford EOC 1
How regional telephony is improving response to patients
Last year we saw a significant change in our control rooms with the implementation of regional telephony and whilst this has been a big adjustment for all of our EOC staff, the change has led to a big improvement in our service to patients.
16 April 2015
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Happy birthday Need to Know!
Tomorrow marks the first year anniversary of the Need to Know rolling news site – and since then the award-winning site has had more than 1.2 million page views!
16 April 2015
Staff and CFRs launch defibrillator in Leighton Buzzard   April 15
Staff and CFRs launch defibrillator in Leighton Buzzard
On Saturday, staff and CFRs launched a new community public access defibrillator at the local library in Leighton Buzzard as part of a community event promoting the devices.
16 April 2015
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Gaining entry to a patient’s property
On occasions, crews may need to gain entrance to a property if they believe it is necessary to save a life and / or someone is reasonably believed to need medical help.
16 April 2015
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Supply maintenance at Norwich EOC
Power supply work is due to be carried out in Norwich EOC tomorrow (15th April), starting at 10.30am, which means the CAD system will be powered by the national grid mains only.
14 April 2015
TASC launch   West Mids
Ambulance Services Charity is launched
The Ambulance Services Charity (TASC), which has replaced the Ambulance Service Benevolent Fund, was officially launched at the beginning of the month.
14 April 2015
Allison Muffett
Stars of Norfolk awards
The Eastern Daily Press has launched its annual Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards – who would you like to see follow in Allison Muffett’s winning footsteps?
13 April 2015
New defibrillator 2   May 2014
South Beds sees 150 staff Corpuls trained – in just four weeks
South Bedfordshire is leading the way for training after delivering Corpuls sessions to 150 staff in just four weeks – and it’s all down to a “can do attitude” according to the project lead.
11 April 2015
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“Excellent” out-of-hours service receives high praise
The Trust’s out-of-hours service in Bedford has been praised in a new patient survey, with 100% of people surveyed ‘very satisfied’ or ‘satisfied’ with the experience they received.
10 April 2015
Airways 2 training
Paramedics take part in training for national research study
By the end of the week almost 100 paramedics will have been trained to take part in the Airways-2 clinical trial, the prestigious national study to determine the best method of airway management in pre-hospital cardiac arrest.
09 April 2015
MandS Norwich defibrillator
Trust delivers on 1,000 defibrillators scheme
The huge project to improve the life-saving capabilities of communities across the region has been hailed a success, with 1,000 defibrillators delivered in the east of England over the last three months.
09 April 2015
Pam Morris Award of Merit
Celebrations all round for Pam’s “wonderful award”
A member of the Trust’s User Group, Pam Morris, has been recognised for her outstanding contribution as a volunteer by Harpenden Council.
09 April 2015
Harry Russell
Ed’s in the running for charity
The Brighton Marathon is one of the UK's favourite 26.2-milers. With a stunning backdrop of the sea in one of the country's most vibrant cities, the race gets bigger and better every year.
09 April 2015
Chief Executive Dr Anthony Marsh
Update from Anthony Marsh - 9th April
Your weekly message from the Trust Chief Executive.
09 April 2015
Diabetes injection kit
The paramedic view: Nick shares hypo learning
“Think hypo, think referral.” That’s the message from a Suffolk paramedic after attending one of our diabetes learning events last month.
08 April 2015
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Invite to EAAA's clinical air ambulance day
The East Anglian Air Ambulance is once again inviting colleagues here at EEAST to attend their latest clinical governance day – a day completely dedicated to case studies, discussion, and joint learning.
07 April 2015
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Building the NHS of the Five Year Forward View - NHS England Business Plan
Ten new priorities have been set out by NHS England to ensure patient safety and quality of care this year.
07 April 2015
Rachel Acamon Carbonelli Wymondham event
Rachel set for marathon challenge in memory of her mum
Rachel Acamon-Carbonelli, a health care referrer with the Trust, is hoping to raise hundreds of pounds for Action on Addiction when she runs the London Marathon next month in memory of her mother.
06 April 2015
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V Festival 2015
The Trust will be providing the emergency cover at this year’s V Festival in Hylands Park, Chelmsford for four days from 21st – 24th August.
05 April 2015
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Have you ordered a new ID badge and not received it?
After reading the article on Need to Know a few weeks ago, a number of you got in touch with us to say that you’d previously ordered replacement ID forms but hadn’t yet received them.
05 April 2015
EEAST RRVs and amb on scene
Don’t forget Datix
A number of recent serious incidents have not been reported on Datix, meaning a delay in the investigation, a lack of learning and on occasions, the same incident being repeated.
04 April 2015
New west Herts ambulance station   March 2015
Staff visit new ambulance station in west Hertfordshire
More than 40 staff attended an open day at the new station for St Albans and Hemel Hempstead to see how building work is progressing, ahead of the official opening in June.
03 April 2015
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Award wins for staff
The Ambulance Service Institute (ASI) has announced the results of their 2014/15 national awards and there are six individual winners from EEAST!
02 April 2015
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All above board for Chris’ innovative idea
A duty locality officer in Southend has won £500-worth of funding after coming highly commended in an innovation competition.
02 April 2015
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Praise for 'first class' service in patient survey
The Trust has been described as “first class in every way” after achieving 100% satisfaction in January’s patient survey.
02 April 2015
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New control desk provides one on one support to crews
A new control desk has been launched region-wide to help provide dedicated support to crews at ‘unusual’ incidents.
02 April 2015
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Ambulance stalwart retires after 44 years
Friends and colleagues gathered last week to wish a very fond farewell to much-loved Steve Grimes, as he retires from the Trust with a staggering 44 years of service.
02 April 2015
Chapelfield exercise Norwich   March 2015
Multi-agency firearms exercise success
On Sunday evening staff took part in a multi-agency firearms exercise at Chapelfield Shopping Centre in Norwich, during which ballistics teams from the Trust and Norfolk and Suffolk fire and rescue service worked together for the first time.
02 April 2015
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Blue bin-it!
It’s a story that we see in the news all too often – confidential or sensitive documents lost or stolen, people’s details being leaked and shared, and a huge fallout in the public eye for the individuals or companies involved.
01 April 2015