News archive from May 2014
New defibrillator 2   May 2014
A new era for life-saving equipment
The next generation of defibs will soon be on our ambulances following a familiarisation day at Barton Mills last week.
30 May 2014
Chief Executive Dr Anthony Marsh
Update from Dr Anthony Marsh - 29th May 2014
Your weekly update from the Trust's Chief Executive.
29 May 2014
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Trust secures £16m extra funding
The Trust has secured more than £16.4m of transformational funding from commissioners to make necessary changes to improve patient care.
29 May 2014
John Martin
John heads to Harvard for the Leadership Academy
John Martin, interim Director of Patient Safety and Clinical Standards, is moving State-side this month after gaining a place on a prestigious leadership scheme.
29 May 2014
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Norfolk 111 scores full marks
Staff have been praised following a ‘full achievement’ mark it the Norfolk 111 assessment.
29 May 2014
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Compliments and complaints: who should you speak to?
How would you respond to a patient or family member if they asked you how they could pass a compliment to a member of staff? Or if they asked you how to make a complaint?
29 May 2014
Ambulances on corner of road
Need a picture? Check Flickr!
Photos are being added to the Trust’s Flickr account on a regular basis, so if you need up to date pictures of staff, ambulances and equipment please remember to check the site.
28 May 2014
Matt Broad OPT
Locality Director appointed for NSC
We’re pleased to announce that Matt Broad has been appointed at Locality Director for Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.
27 May 2014
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Press release: Continued praise for high standards of service in latest survey
The Trust has issued a press release following the latest ambulance patient satisfaction figures.
27 May 2014
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Death benefits scheme
The death benefits scheme is set up to enable a payment to be made to the family or nominated beneficiary of any employee that dies while employed by the Trust, providing that they are a member of the scheme.
26 May 2014
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What would you improve with £50,000?
This year’s regional innovation fund has just opened its doors, and a prize fund of up to £50,000 is up for grabs for the most inventive NHS projects.
25 May 2014
Flu injection photo
What can we do about flu?
With parts of the country enjoying BBQs and balmy temperatures, right now winter seems an age away. But we’ve started our planning and preparation for this year’s flu-season – and we want to know what we can do differently this time around.
25 May 2014
Sales reps: what should you do if you’re approached?
Whether it’s a knock on the door, a phonecall or even getting stopped in the street – we’ve all experienced ‘sales patter’ at one time or another.
24 May 2014
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HR e-zine week ending 23rd May
The latest HR e-zine, which includes a list of Trust vacancies, has been published.
24 May 2014
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May Board meeting: you're invited!
We’re holding the May Board meeting next Wednesday (28th May) in Harlow, Essex.
23 May 2014
Chief Executive Dr Anthony Marsh
Update from Dr Anthony Marsh - 22nd May
Your weekly update from the Trust's Chief Executive.
23 May 2014
ePCR using toughbook
Are we getting rid of ePCR?
A question recently came into rumour busting about the Trust’s commitment to ePCR. Here Dr Marsh responds with his views.
23 May 2014
Intruder at station
Last weekend, a crew returning to an ambulance station in Bedfordshire found a member of the public leaving the premises, who had entered through a door that had been left open.
22 May 2014
Looking forward to another bank holiday weekend
Further to the spike in demand over the busy bank holiday at the beginning of May, we would like to reiterate our gratitude to staff for their hard work and to thank them in advance for being equally responsive and dedicated over the weekend bank holiday.
22 May 2014
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This month's payslips
Please be aware that if you are at the top of your pay band, you will receive an additional payment of one per cent of your salary from April this year.
22 May 2014
HEOC call handler
News from EOC
An update from new Head of EOC, Gary Morgan.
22 May 2014
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Business dress for non-uniform staff
With an increasing amount of external visitors to Trust premises, to both offices and stations, it’s important to seize every opportunity to give a good first impression and emphasise the high professional standards we have at EEAST.
22 May 2014
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Responder bag stolen in Essex
A paramedic responder bag, which included oxygen and a full drugs bag, was stolen from the back of an ambulance last night in mid-Essex.
21 May 2014
Ambulance command support photo
Keep track of your commander experience
The resilience team have developed a new document which will allow you to keep a record of the courses you attend and the experience you have gained as either a gold, silver or bronze commander or loggist.
20 May 2014
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Dr Anthony Marsh on BBC Radio Cambs
Chief Executive Dr Anthony Marsh answered people's questions on the mid-morning show on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire on Monday.
19 May 2014
HART team at hospital
Update from resilience / special operations
In what will be a regular feature on the new Need to Know site, the Trust’s resilience and special operations team bring you an update on the latest news from their area of the organisation.
19 May 2014
Cycle to work scheme
Many of you have been in touch recently to ask about the cycle to work scheme and whether there has been any update on the Trust’s position.
18 May 2014
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Trust developing paramedic degree programme
The Trust is working with several universities to develop a three year Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in paramedic science.
17 May 2014
Graduate paramedic event 2013
Graduate paramedics enjoy day at EEAST
Graduate paramedics have described an introductory session to the Trust as “really well organised” and a “very friendly, fun day.”
16 May 2014
Tracy Nicholls at pre hospital sepsis conference Newcastle
"Sepsis now accounts for three out of 100 ambulance journeys"
Tracy Nicholls, the Trust’s Head of Quality Governance, reports from the pre-hospital sepsis conference in Newcastle on Tuesday (13th May).
16 May 2014
Chief Executive Dr Anthony Marsh
Update from Dr Anthony Marsh
Your weekly message from the Trust's Chief Executive.
15 May 2014
HART decontamination officer
From 123 to 123+
A new initial operational response (IOR) to a CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear) incident has been created.
15 May 2014
ASI awards
Trust paramedic given national award
One of our very own paramedics has gained national recognition with an award for ‘going beyond the call of duty’ at a ceremony which celebrates people working in the pre-hospital care sector.
15 May 2014
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Help us recognise our volunteers
To coincide with National Volunteer Week, this week we are celebrating and highlighting the excellent work of our volunteers.
15 May 2014
Calling Papworth Hospital
Staff are kindly reminded that Papworth Hospital should only be contacted to activate the PPCI pathway, not for clinical advice.
14 May 2014
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Learn more about sepsis in cancer patients
There are still spaces available for a College of Paramedics evening course in how to recognise neutropenic sepsis in cancer patients tomorrow (Wednesday 14th May) in London.
13 May 2014
Priti Patel visit
Press release: Praise from MP is ‘welcome boost’ for crews, says ambulance chief
The latest press release from the Trust following MP Priti Patel's visit to Witham station.
13 May 2014
Changes to the Care Quality Commission and evidence reporting
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) will be making changes to how organisations will be assessed. To meet those changes, the Trust is introducing a new way of gathering evidence and reporting.
12 May 2014
HEMS doctors with police
Figures show dramatic rise in expert care
More doctors, air ambulance crews, hazardous area response teams (HART) and advanced paramedics are coming to the aid of seriously injured casualties than ever before.
11 May 2014
Long Service Awards 2014 pic
Awards ceremony celebrates staff
The great, the brave and the good have been honoured by the Trust in a special ceremony of celebration.
10 May 2014
Different drugs for anticoagulation
A message to staff about newer, different forms of anticoagulants that are prescribed to patients.
10 May 2014
Dr Anthony Marsh   May 14
Video message from Dr Anthony Marsh
As it's the Trust's long service awards tomorrow (9th May), this week's message is a special video edition.
08 May 2014
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Head of EOC announced
We’re pleased to announce that Gary Morgan has been appointed as the Head of Emergency Operations Centres (EOC).
08 May 2014
Module seven group finishes course   Melbourn
More staff passing module seven courses
The latest group of student ambulance paramedics (SAPs) completed their module seven course in Melbourn on Friday.
08 May 2014
Women’s Tour race starts today
The Women’s Tour is landing in our region today as the race makes its way through our patch.
08 May 2014
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Press release: busy bank holiday weekend
Press release issued by the Trust yesterday on the busy bank holiday - a big thank you to all staff who worked over the weekend.
06 May 2014
Giving evidence in court is changing...
The first ever case allowing vulnerable witnesses to give evidence ahead of, rather than in, a court-room trial begun last week.
06 May 2014
Van conversion
Staff feedback on ambulance trial
Thank you to all staff who provided feedback following the trial of the two ambulances from the West Midlands Ambulance Service in February.
05 May 2014
Using e-cigarettes at work
A question was recently raised by a member of staff about whether e-cigarettes, which the majority of people say they use to reduce smoking, can be used at work.
04 May 2014
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Useful links
Useful links including: DATIX, GRS, JRCALC guidelines and Portal.
04 May 2014
Managing poisoned patients
The UK National Poisons Information Service provides advice on the management of poisoning via its internet clinical toxicology database TOXBASE® and 24-hour telephone helpline.
04 May 2014
Have you booked onto JESIP?
Make sure to take your place on a JESIP course to train in the new joint emergency services approach to major incidents.
03 May 2014
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Spreading the news far and wide: update from CEO
Your weekly update from Dr Anthony Marsh
03 May 2014
Depression: struggling to cope
One in three people struggle to cope at work and to coincide with Depression Awareness Week, the Trust provides advice on how to find help.
03 May 2014
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Calling single point of contact (SPOC)
Advice for crews who need to contact SPOC from a radio or mobile phone.
02 May 2014
Ambulance ambassadors   April 2014
More volunteers join ambulance ambassador group
The Trust welcomed nine more volunteers to become ambulance ambassadors this week and gave them specialised training to enable them to reach out to their communities.
02 May 2014
Exercise Huddle Galleria Hertfordshire
EEAST tests major incident response in Hertfordshire exercise
Read about EEAST's involvement in a major incident exercise at the Galleria shopping centre in Hatfield, Hertfordshire on Sunday night.
01 May 2014
Fire Brigade Union (FBU) Industrial Action in May
The Fire Brigade Union (FBU) is taking planned industrial action in May and the Trust has put in place the following contingency plans.
01 May 2014
Copper theft at station
Following the theft of copper from one of our stations, staff are asked to be extra vigilant.
01 May 2014
EDS event   April 2014
‘Brilliant’ ambulance design unveiled
Innovations in ambulance design were the showpiece of a Suffolk community event to help the NHS learn more about improving services to patients.
01 May 2014
Filming at Luton police station
Bedfordshire Police is working with Garden Productions – who created the series ‘24 Hours in A&E’ – to make a fly-on-the-wall documentary series for Channel 4, based at Luton police station.
01 May 2014