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News archive from September 2014
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Have you got an innovative idea?
The NHS Innovation Challenge is now open for applications, with a total prize fund of £650,000 to recognise and reward frontline innovation and drive adoption across the NHS.
30 September 2014
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Have your say in the staff survey
The annual NHS staff survey launches today and this year every member of staff at the Trust will be given an opportunity to share their views.
29 September 2014
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You can view Need to Know from anywhere!
Remember, your Need to Know is now a website – meaning you can access it from a computer at home, on your smart phone or even a tablet, not just at work.
29 September 2014
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New reforms for victim support
The Government has announced a set of reforms to improve victim support, which will be enshrined in law by next year.
28 September 2014
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JESIP moves on – special edition of newsletter
A special edition of the Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Programme (JESIP) News has been published, as the first phase of the programme draws to a close with 10,000 personnel trained to work more effectively at the scene of major incidents.
28 September 2014
Learn to sing
Learn how to sing - for free!
If being a solo artist isn’t your thing and you’d like to learn how to sing bass, baritone, lead or tenor, there is a new course for you: learn to sing – and it’s free!
27 September 2014
Robert Morton, CEO
This weeks Leadership message is from Robert Morton, Chief Executive
This week's leadership message from Chief Exec, Robert Morton
27 September 2014
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PU workbooks delivered to Trust
The Trust has now received hard copies of the professional update (PU) workbooks for clinical and non-clinical mandatory training.
27 September 2014
Channel 202 launch
Channel 202 project shortlisted for award
The Channel 202 project, which has promoted the various critical care resources available to frontline staff to help with seriously ill patients, has been shortlisted for a national air ambulance award of excellence.
26 September 2014
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The latest on pay bandings for paras and EMT
I had a very productive meeting on Tuesday with Fraer Stevenson, Unison Branch Secretary, to progress our work on pay bandings for operational paramedics and EMTs.
25 September 2014
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A thank you to Norfolk PTS
The 1st October will be the first day with ERS Medical for a number of our PTS staff.
25 September 2014
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BT maintenance on Friday from 6.30pm
Please note that BT will be carrying out some maintenance work on Friday 26th September from 6.30pm – 1.30am, which will impact the Trust’s card management system (CMS) service.
25 September 2014
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Paramedic takes on Everest challenge
Paramedic Dave Gregory, from Bury St Edmunds, is taking on a 17-day challenge to trek to Everest base camp to raise money for The Railway Children charity.
25 September 2014
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New telephony system goes live
Since our new regional telephony system went live our call pick up rate has improved by more than 6% compared to the rest of September. In fact, since go live we have answered more than 96% over our calls within five seconds of connection to the EOCs.
25 September 2014
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Changes to our freepost
From 7th November, all current pre-paid Royal Mail envelopes will be unusable and need to be replaced.
24 September 2014
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EOC priorities
In line with the Trust’s performance improvement action plan, six specific priorities have been drawn up for the emergency operations centres (EOCs).
23 September 2014
ECA to Tech   Stansted course 2
Staff development pathways – the latest numbers
Find out how the Trust is getting on with internal progression routes.
22 September 2014
Letchworth Station
Bay doors broken? Call for help
We have had instances recently of staff attempting to free garage doors when they have failed due to a mechanical or electrical fault or vehicular impact.
21 September 2014
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Smokers encouraged to swap fags for gags
Stoptober 2014 has enrolled the country’s top comedians to help smokers get through this year’s 28-day quitting challenge and help them quit for good this October.
20 September 2014
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National Air Ambulance week
Next week is National Air Ambulance Week, a week to celebrate and support our local air ambulances in the east of England – East Anglia Air Ambulance, Essex and Herts Air Ambulance and Magpas.
20 September 2014
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Pensions choice
The NHS pensions choice exercise began in January 2010 and gave eligible members the chance to move their pension from the 1995 section of the scheme to the 2008 section.
19 September 2014
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Regional telephony goes live
Today we saw the go live of regional telephony, meaning 999 calls can be moved between our control rooms automatically if all the call handlers in the original EOC are busy.
19 September 2014
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Patient care records
All staff are reminded of the importance of PCRs...
18 September 2014
Chelmsford HEOC
Double success at industry awards
An emergency operations centre (EOC) call handler and clinical support desk (CSD) clinician have been recognised at a national awards ceremony for their work in Chelmsford and Norwich EOCs.
18 September 2014
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New defibrilator roll-out started
Staff from clinical, operational, fleet, clinical engineering and technology and telecommunications are working together to ensure the successful rollout of the Trust’s new defibrillators, which started last week in Letchworth.
18 September 2014
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Nominations sought for College of Paramedic Fellows
The College of Paramedics is seeking nominations from members for fellows; someone who is making an exceptional contribution to the furtherance and reputation of the ambulance professions.
18 September 2014
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Update from CEO Anthony Marsh: 'some well deserved recognition'
This week Dr Marsh shares some celebratory news about two of our EOC staff - well done to Jenny and Becca!
18 September 2014
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Kitchen chemistry: book your place
An explosives expert from the Royal Navy will be holding a training session about the risks of home-made explosives and showing how easily these can be made from normal household products later this month.
18 September 2014
HART team at hospital
Survey: the impact of JESIP
Since the Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Programme (JESIP) began over a year ago, 10,000 staff have received commander training, but what impact is it having?
17 September 2014
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The best care for treating elderly falls patients
Responding to elderly patients who have fallen makes up a huge proportion of the 999 calls the Trust attends and can have a huge impact on the quality of life and the future health of the patient.
16 September 2014
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An estimated 1.2 million cases and 135,000 deaths worldwide each year
It's meningitis awareness week! Meningococcal disease is the leading infectious cause of death in early childhood - here we take a look at what it is, the symptoms, and how we treat it.
15 September 2014
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Eight tips for managing life-threatening asthma
Critical care paramedic Chris Neil shares some top tips to consider if you go to a patient having a life-threatening asthma attack.
15 September 2014
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Schools granted permission for emergency inhalers
From 1st October, UK schools will be allowed to keep a salbutamol inhaler for use in emergencies when a child with asthma cannot access their own inhaler.
15 September 2014
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Free tickets to Newmarket Races
Newmarket Races, in partnership with Dubai, are offering free grandstand and paddock admission for all emergency services personnel and their families on Friday, 17th October for their Dubai Future Champions Day.
15 September 2014
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Forty student paras start training
This month more than 44 student paramedics have started their clinical training in Cambourne and Melbourn!
14 September 2014
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Patient safety notice: cutting in-line catheters
An incident has occurred recently where an in-line (or closed) suction catheter was left in the endotracheal tube (ET tube) by mistake.
14 September 2014
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Latest HR e-zine published
The latest issue of the HR e-zine, which includes new and current vacancies, is now available.
14 September 2014
MDT software upgrade: trial starting next week
In preparation for the upgrade to the Trust’s computer aided dispatch system (CAD), the Trust will be rolling out a regional software model for the mobile data terminals (MDTs) to replace three slightly different models in use currently.
13 September 2014
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CEO thanks staff after industrial action
The boss of the East of England Ambulance Service is thanking staff for their efforts during this morning’s industrial action.
13 September 2014
Breathing apparatus
It's World Sepsis Day
It’s World Sepsis Day today (13th September) and it’s coincided with the release of a patient safety alert from NHS England to all hospitals, GP surgeries and ambulance services, to advise them of the need to make screening tools available to staff.
13 September 2014
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iCAD upgrade
In November we will be upgrading our iCAD to the latest version available.
12 September 2014
RRV and fire scene of RTC
Coroner issues national regulation for ambulance staff
A Surrey Coroner has raised concerns about where ambulances are parked during incidents on multi-lane roads or motorways, following the death of a man earlier this year.
12 September 2014
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ECA - EMT progession: your questions answered
Following recent articles on Need to Know, many emergency care assistants (ECAs) have been in touch to ask questions about future courses, allocations for 2015/16 and the process of deciding who goes on courses and when.
11 September 2014
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Vascular pathway in east Suffolk
Earlier this year, the Trust set up a pathway for patients who are suspected of having an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) to go to the most appropriate hospital in the east Suffolk area, following the removal of vascular surgery at Ipswich Hospital.
11 September 2014
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EEAST awards: nominations now open
The second awards ceremony of the year is being held in November – and staff and volunteers can play their part in honouring colleagues for outstanding work and support this year.
11 September 2014
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Please lock your doors
On Tuesday (9th September) a female member of staff on standby in Essex was approached by a male member of the public who proceeded to make inappropriate comments towards her.
11 September 2014
Chief Executive Dr Anthony Marsh
Update from CEO Anthony Marsh: 'recognising your achievements'
"I have spoken before about how it is of the upmost importance to me to support all staff at the Trust, whether you work on the frontline, in support services, in a control room, primary care and 111 or in PTS..."
11 September 2014
RRV with blue lights
Ops instruction: officer levels on CAD
Having reviewed the new officer level arrangements in line with the resource allocation guidelines (ESOP 25), guidance has been produced to improve the way the CAD shows availability of on-duty officers.
10 September 2014
Manual handling ambulance  credited to SCAS
Reviewing end of life choices
The Government has set up a review of choices in end of life care to inform and shape national options about how, when and where people receive this care.
10 September 2014
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Back to basics: the facts behind the flu jab
More than 900 people were admitted to intensive care during last year’s flu season. Around 89% of those people were under the age of 65, and more than 10% of them lost their lives. These figures are high for a disease that is largely preventable through vaccination.
10 September 2014
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Next round of ECA to EMT pre-entry exams
Another seven dates have been confirmed in October for the pre-entry exam for the emergency care assistant (ECA) to emergency medical technician (EMT) course.
09 September 2014
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PRESS RELEASE: have you had your blood pressure checked?
Paramedics are urging people to have their blood pressures checked after referring 10% of people to their GP during free health checks at events across the region.
09 September 2014
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Got an IT issue? Report it the new and easy way.
A new system has been launched that makes it much easier for you to log and track any problems with your IT.
09 September 2014
Paramedic reading clinical manual
PU workbooks – clinical and non-clinical mandatory training
The professional update (PU) workbooks are currently in the process of being printed and will be delivered to the Trust within the next few weeks.
08 September 2014
Neatishead defib
Minister joins Trust to install defibrillator in Norfolk
The Minister of State for Care and Support, Norman Lamb MP, joined Trust staff and members of the public to launch a new defibrillator in a Norfolk Broads village last Friday (29th August).
08 September 2014
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Ensuring staff safety: flagging violent incidents
Violent warning markers are a means of identifying and recording individuals who pose, or could possibly pose, a risk to members of staff who come into contact with them. But they only last for 12-months.
07 September 2014
Row of syringes in bag
Drug fridges on station
As we’re now in the run up to flu vaccination season, please can you contact the IPC team if you have any drugs fridges in your office, station or EOC (both used and unused).
07 September 2014
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Update from EOC from Daniel Gore
Transformation Director Daniel Gore updates us on the latest EOC news, CAD upgrades and the regional telephony project.
06 September 2014
Staff in training school
Staff seize learning opportunities
Every year the Trust provides mandatory training and professional updates to staff, but there is a wealth of other learning opportunities that the Trust offers to staff to help them build their portfolios, skills and continuing professional development (CPD)
06 September 2014
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Congratulations to our latest Module 7s!
Congratulations to our latest Module 7 course, who all passed the last stage of their paramedic training this week!
05 September 2014
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Clinical focus: a look at Kawasaki disease
Kawasaki disease is one of unknown origin, probably infectious, but with autoimmune and genetic elements that affect children.
05 September 2014
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New proficiency standards for paramedics published
The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) has published revised standards of proficiency for paramedics, which must be met by every paramedic to remain on the HCPC register.
04 September 2014
Elizabeth Truss visit
Secretary of State meets staff in west Norfolk
Elizabeth Truss, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and MP for south west Norfolk, met staff in Swaffham last week to learn more about the service.
04 September 2014
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Allocations for ECA to EMT 2015/16 courses complete
The 60 successful ECAs who have been allocated to a technician course in 2015/16 have now all been emailed, which completes the allocations for next year.
04 September 2014
Chief Executive Dr Anthony Marsh
Update from Anthony Marsh - 4th September 2014
Your weekly message from the Trust Chief Executive.
04 September 2014
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Staff partnership forum: SAP non-consolidated lump sum agreed
Following a request from Unison, the staff partnership forum has agreed to implement a local agreement on non-consolidated lump sums for SAPs.
04 September 2014
Staff with patient in ambulance
Press release: compliments up, complaints down
A press release on the Trust's latest compliments and complaints figures was issued to the media yesterday.
04 September 2014
Chelmsford HEOC
New EOC instructions released
Over the past few weeks a number of new EOC instructions have been released - make sure you're up to date.
03 September 2014
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Peterborough paramedics take on 'rock solid' challenge
The two-week countdown has almost begun for Peterborough paramedics Chris McGregor and Ollie Brook as they prepare to take on 'hurdles from hell' and other obstacles as part of their Rock Solid Challenge.
03 September 2014
Yorkshire selfie incident 2 final
Warning after 'selfie' tweeted
All three emergency services are investigating the publication of a ‘selfie’ showing ambulance and fire staff at the scene of a crash in Yorkshire.
01 September 2014