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News archive from May 2017
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Making a difference together
The Trust has developed a comprehensive leadership strategy based on four key themes of compassionate and systems leadership, improvement methods and talent management.
31 May 2017
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Congratulations to our 900 hidden gems
Since our recognition scheme first began in 2012, more than 900 of our amazing staff and volunteers have been nominated by colleagues.
31 May 2017
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Check your wheel knut indicators
Recently, flag or pointer wheel nut indicators have been fitted to the front tyres of all ambulances.
30 May 2017
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This week's leadership message comes from Head of Clinical Quality, Tracy Nicholls
"We have the biggest heart of any NHS organization": this week's leadership message is from Head of Clinical Quality, Tracy Nicholls
29 May 2017
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Book your place at EHAAT’s ‘Minds Matter’ aeromedical conference
All qualified clinicians and students are invited to attend Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Trust’s aeromedical conference, taking place next month.
29 May 2017
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Full steam ahead for new ambulance hub in Stevenage
Over the past few years we have outgrown our facilities at Stevenage Fire station and we wanted to develop a new ambulance hub which could be a make ready depot.
28 May 2017
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Changes to national terror threat
As you are probably aware, the current national threat level has been changed from critical to severe.
28 May 2017
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College of Paramedics e-learning CPD project
The e-Learning Continuous Professional Development (CPD) project is a suite of modules on Health Education England’s e-Learning for Healthcare platform, which paramedics can now access for free.
27 May 2017
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Disposing Trust batteries
Our clinical waste drivers will shortly be making routine healthcare waste collection to Trust sites.
27 May 2017
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Keep cool in the bank holiday sun
Temperatures are set to soar into the high 20s over the bank holiday weekend and we’ve been giving out advice to the public to help them avoid suffering in the sun.
26 May 2017
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A tribute to Roger Ditcham
Last month, we shared the sad news that Roger Ditcham, one of our longest serving community first responder passed away.
26 May 2017
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Funeral arrangements for much-loved Gary Lacey
Earlier this month we shared news of the sad loss of Gary Lacey, our colleague and friend.
26 May 2017
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New call handlers for Bedford
Bedford EOC welcomed four new call handlers to the team, after they completed their initial classroom training to achieve their AMPDS Emergency Medical Dispatcher license.
26 May 2017
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Come and join Suzy’s charity fun run!
Health and Wellbeing Project Support Officer, Suzy Oakley has organised a charity run – with fun being the key word!
26 May 2017
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Revision to crew changeovers
The crew changeover process has recently been revised to take into account learning from incidents reported on Datix.
25 May 2017
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Praise for 'super' service
Ambulance staff have been praised by patients for a “fantastic”, “professional” and “super service”.
25 May 2017
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Can you help with Restart a Heart Day 2017?
Thousands of students learnt to save to life last year during Restart a Heart Day.
25 May 2017
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Volunteers' week 2017
It’s only 1 week until Volunteers' Week 2017 kicks off and we can’t wait to showcase and thank our amazing volunteers!
25 May 2017
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Ramadan begins this weekend - check out our guidance
This year’s Ramadan will begin on Saturday, 27th May and last for 30 days.
25 May 2017
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Practice based learning education event
The University of Suffolk is hosting a Practice Education Based Learning conference in Suffolk and there are still places available for EEAST staff to attend.
25 May 2017
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Acid attacks
There has recently been a rise is acid attacks, which are often organised by criminal gangs. There has been no threat from any specific group or groups against the emergency services, but we will be called to deal with the aftermath and may not know the perpetrators whereabouts.
25 May 2017
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Dementia strategy gains momentum
As last week's dementia awareness week came to a close, it allowed me to review the progress of the Trust’s dementia strategy, along with a personal reflection of where we find ourselves in in supporting all affected by or living with dementia.
25 May 2017
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Vacancy and transfer list - 25th May
This week’s HR e-zine, with the latest job vacancies, expressions of interest and transfer opportunities, has been published.
25 May 2017
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Security threat level raised
Following this week’s devastating attacks in Manchester, the Government's emergency committee, COBRA, has raised the UK Security Threat Level to ‘Critical’.
24 May 2017
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Expand your end of life care at Hertfordshire training day
All staff are invited to a training session on end of life care in Watford.
24 May 2017
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Clopidogrel at Papworth Hospital
From Monday, 12th June, the pre-packed drug Clopidogrel/Plavix 300mg supply at Papworth Hospital will stop.
23 May 2017
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Order your station's remembrance wreath
It may be some months off yet, but this year’s Remembrance Sunday falls on 12th November.
23 May 2017
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Latest public Board meeting for EEAST
The wellbeing and mental health of our staff and volunteers will be the focus of the latest public Board meeting on Wednesday (24th May).
22 May 2017
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Changes are coming to Ipswich Hospital's stroke pathway
From Monday (22nd May), the way you activate the stroke team at Ipswich hospital is changing.
22 May 2017
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This week’s leadership message comes from Kevin Brown, Director of Service Delivery
This week Kevin remembers colleagues we have lost and thanks everyone for their tireless work over his last, very hot, week.
22 May 2017
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Dementia care study days
The University of Bedfordshire is hosting a series of study days about dementia care.
22 May 2017
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Joint emergency service commitment to unite against dementia
Three national organisations have signed up to unite against dementia with the charity Alzheimer’s Society.
21 May 2017
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Chelmsford call handler gets her bronze
It’s celebration time for Chelmsford EOC, with Call Handler Anna Mutonga achieving her Bronze call handler award.
21 May 2017
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Oh GOSH! Ryan is cycling for the kids!
Student Paramedic Ryan has set himself the ultimate challenge of cycling from London to Paris. The total mileage is 308 miles, which will be split in to an average of 75 miles a day.
20 May 2017
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Business Continuity Awareness Week: password security
As part of Business Continuity Awareness Week we will today be taking a look at password protection.
19 May 2017
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Farewell from the email girl: a guest blog from Comms Manager Tara
Communications Manager Tara Rose is leaving the EEAST team next week; but before she moves on to pastures new, we asked her to reflect on her time here at the Trust.
18 May 2017
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EEAST staff pull together to support a colleague in need
Staff at Ely were devastated to hear that one of their own had been diagnosed with terminal cancer and feel that now is the time to give something back to him.
18 May 2017
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“Thank you isn’t enough”: Essex man praises lifesaving medics
A cardiac arrest survivor has thanked his life savers in an emotional reunion at his home in Thorpe Le Soken this week (15th May).
18 May 2017
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Clinical update: Corpuls update- introducing new paediatric oximetry leads
Following on from your feedback, we are introducing a new paediatric oximetry lead.
18 May 2017
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EEAST Staff set to get muddy for charity
This Saturday, 20th May, will see a group of EEAST staff, along with some of their friends and family, take part in the Tough Mudder event at Belvoir Castle in the Midlands.
18 May 2017
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MiDOS training and engagement days
We are holding a number of engagement days, where staff can drop in to see how to access and use MiDOS
18 May 2017
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Vacancy and transfer list – 18th May
This week’s HR e-zine, with the latest job vacancies, expressions of interest and transfer opportunities, has been published.
18 May 2017
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Latest JESIP newsletter shares new and improved response app and answers some common questions about major incidents
The latest Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Programme (JESIP) newsletter is available online.
17 May 2017
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WannaCry Ransomware cyber-attack: A summary
Today, as part of Business Continuity Awareness Week, we’ll be taking a look at the recent WannaCry cyber-attack; what it was and how it affected the NHS.
16 May 2017
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And it’s gold for Tamsin!
Chelmsford Senior Call Handler Tamsin Jae Smith has been rewarded for her achievements in call handling by receiving her gold call handler award.
16 May 2017
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Then and now: Taking a look at a 1950’s Daimler Ambulance
Biggleswade ambulance station may just seem like any other station within EEAST, but behind the garage doors sits one of the Trusts most interesting assets, a vintage 1950’s ambulance.
15 May 2017
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This week is Business Continuity Awareness Week
Today see’s the start of the annual Business Continuity Awareness Week, with this year’s theme being cyber security.
15 May 2017
Robert Morton, CEO
Supporting our EEAST and 999 family: this week’s leadership message comes from Chief Executive, Robert Morton
“Here at EEAST, we are all part of one big 999 family. Many people tell me that EEAST is their work or second family. So hearing sad news is always a tough thing, and like any family, it’s important that we support our colleagues through both the bad times, as well as the good.”
15 May 2017
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Multi-agency training opportunity: expressions of interest open
Are you interested in supporting multi-agency working?
15 May 2017
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“It’s a big thing, but I’m not doing it for me - I’m doing it for Chloe”: call handler braves the shave for her friend
The thought of shaving our head would make many of us turn and run in the opposite direction. But for Norwich call handler Lucy, it was the perfect way to raise money for a friend diagnosed with cancer.
13 May 2017
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Take care and be vigilant after increase in ‘phishing’ emails
In the last few months, the IT team have noticed a high number of ‘phishing’ emails and asking staff to remain vigilant.
12 May 2017
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Its’s time for an MDT map upgrade
After recently completing our digital radio refresh, the delivery team are this week beginning to update all the Terrafix maps on every vehicle’s MDT.
12 May 2017
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Award for ‘little heroine’ who saved uncle’s life
A “little heroine” has been praised for her actions which saved her uncle’s life just weeks ago.
12 May 2017
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Clinical update: Corpuls update
Corpuls units have been rolled out to all operational areas, meaning anyone on ambulances, RRVs, DLOs and supervisor cars should now only use Corpuls.
11 May 2017
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Moving towards #DementiaFriendly
The Trust’s dementia strategy launch at the December Board meeting set out three years’ worth of ambitions for us to be a dementia-friendly organisation.
11 May 2017
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Where does clinical waste go?
For the last couple of weeks, we’ve been looking at the way we dispose and manage clinical waste.
11 May 2017
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Help Ollie's Heroes whilst enjoying some cake!
Paramedic Jamie Gray from Waveney station faced every parent’s nightmare when son Ollie was diagnosed with Leukaemia.
11 May 2017
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Survey: clinical training from EAAA - what do you want to see?
The East Anglian Air Ambulance are developing and creating a training and education programme and want to hear from you.
11 May 2017
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Staff questionnaire - how regularly do you experience inconsiderate driving or parking?
Do you regularly witness inconsiderate driving or parking from other motorists? Does the driving of others affect your ability to get to patients quickly on a regular basis?
11 May 2017
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Chloe's ready to walk the walk
Bedford emergency clinical advice and triage centre (ECAT) Clinician Chloe Dyer has some interesting plans for her Saturday night this weekend; she will be joining thousands of other participants to take part in a 15.2 mile trek across London.
11 May 2017
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Volunteer advisory forum news and update
Volunteer representatives from all of our volunteer sections got together on Friday (5th May) for the second forum of the year.
11 May 2017
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Vacancy and transfer list - 11th May
This week’s HR e-zine, with the latest job vacancies, expressions of interest and transfer opportunities, has been published.
11 May 2017
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Invitation to attend ‘enhancing the use of social marketing to improve public health’ conference
Inside Government would like to invite staff from EEAST to attend a conference on ‘Enhancing the use of social marketing to improve public health’.
10 May 2017
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Gary Lacey
It’s with great sadness that we share the news that Gary Lacey, our much-loved colleague, passed away on Sunday (7th May) after a long illness.
09 May 2017
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Are you taking part in this year’s Volunteers’ week?
Are you taking part in this year’s Volunteers’ week?
08 May 2017
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Twelve set themselves English Channel swimming challenge
Twelve courageous paramedics and student paramedics have taken on the challenge of swimming the English Channel this summer.
08 May 2017
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More than £1m up for grabs from NHS Innovations to help bring ideas to life
Set up to help progress early stage innovations from within the NHS, the Medtech Accelerator is looking for applications from individuals or teams with innovations in the broad area of medical technology that meets unmet clinical needs.
07 May 2017
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Get your tickets for a charity dinner dance in aid of the MS Society
Every year, Garry Clark, an emergency care practitioner (ECP) from Brentwood station, hosts a charity dinner dance event in aid of various different charities, which in the past has included the air ambulance.
06 May 2017
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You’re invited to a clinical lecture in Hertfordshire
Places are available for an evening of respiratory medicine and cardiology lectures at Watford General Hospital.
05 May 2017
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All women in EEAST (AWE) – flexible working for working mums
As reported in Need to Know this week, a new special interest group has been set up by our Director of People and Culture Lindsey Stafford-Scott.
05 May 2017
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AWE Inspiring! Trust launches All Women in EEAST
A special interest group established by Lindsey Stafford-Scott, Director of People and Culture to provide women within the Trust with networking opportunities, open up mentoring pathways and encourage and support personal and professional development has been launched.
04 May 2017
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Almost 9,000 calls in 72 hours – another busy bank holiday weekend
Staff, managers and volunteers have been thanked for their efforts during a busy holiday weekend. The Trust received almost 9,000 emergency calls over the course of the three day May Day bank holiday.
04 May 2017
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On your marks, get set, pull! Ambulance pull challenge for charity
Two women, two ambulances, one goal: to cross the finish line first.
04 May 2017
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Young Alfie gets to meet his lifesavers
Five year old Alfie from Chelmsford, along with his mum Sara and sister, Amber, spent the morning with some of our EEAST staff recently. This play date wasn’t just any old play date though, as last year, these people saved Alfie’s life.
04 May 2017
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Does a patient have an infection that affects how we separate waste?
As many of you will know, the way we dispose and manage clinical waste is changing soon. Following on from last week’s Need to Know article, this week we are looking at how an infection affects how we separate waste.
04 May 2017
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All you need to know about the early retirement reduction buy out
If you are a member of the 2015 NHS Pension Scheme, you are able to access an early retirement reduction buy out (ERRBO) agreement.
04 May 2017
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Reminder to staff about using the Directory of Services and MiDOS
A national database of all services commissioned within the NHS, which provides information on how they can be accessed, is available to all staff.
04 May 2017
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Vacancy and transfer list – 4th May
This week’s HR e-zine, with the latest job vacancies, expressions of interest and transfer opportunities, has been published.
04 May 2017
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Gearing up for charity football tournament
The principles of the Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Programme (JESIP) will be temporarily abandoned in part of Cambridgeshire when a charity tournament kicks off.
03 May 2017
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More dates added to get your Hep B, MMR and varicella vaccinations through occy health!
The occupational health (OH) team has added additional clinics over the next few months.
02 May 2017
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New internal comms officer spends a day on the road
New Internal Communications Officer Ashleigh Rickards – who worked in the Chelmsford EOC until joining the Communications team - spent a day with Chelmsford crew Emergency Medical Technician Barrie Williams and Student Paramedic Fiona Newsome last month.
01 May 2017
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Ambulance staff hope to score high for charity
A group of our guys and girls in green are swapping work boots for football boots when they take part in a charity football match next month, and are asking as many of their colleagues to attend.
01 May 2017
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This week’s leadership message is from Karl Edwards, Deputy Director of Service Delivery for Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex
“It has been a few months now since we moved to the new localities of east and west and I wanted to take the opportunity to reflect on the many changes that have taken place.”
01 May 2017