News archive from February 2016
Robert Morton, CEO
Getting ready for our inspection: Update from CEO Robert Morton
As you know, next week we are undergoing a rigorous inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). You can read more about this on the Exec update we issued this week and the CQC Visits: Guide for Staff (which is also available on Need to Know and East24).
29 February 2016
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Resus council wants your views on emergency care plan
There’s just a few days left to have your say on the Resuscitation Council’s Emergency Care and Treatment Plan (ECTP) consultation.
29 February 2016
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Staff invited to EAAA’s clinical day
The East Anglian Air Ambulance is inviting colleagues here at EEAST to attend its monthly clinical governance day.
29 February 2016
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Save the date: national ambulance Remembrance service
The seventh national ambulance Remembrance service will take place on Thursday, 18th September at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire (DE13 7AR).
28 February 2016
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Discount for staff at military and vintage show
Temple at War is a military and vintage show taking place at Cressing Temple Barns on 14th and 15th of May.
27 February 2016
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Expressions of interest for a new clinical opportunity
An opportunity to be seconded to the Clinical Quality team has become available.
26 February 2016
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New Clinical Quality Matters published: long-term & rare conditions
Our latest issue of Clinical Quality Matters, our clinical e-magazine, is out now! This issue looks at long-term and rare conditions.
26 February 2016
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Winners announced in staff survey prize draw
Twenty lucky winners have been announced this week from our 2015 national staff survey prize draw – congratulations!
26 February 2016
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New Deputy Medical Director appointed
Dr Tom Davis has been appointed as the Trust’s new Deputy Medical Director, and will join us on 29th February.
25 February 2016
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Get involved and register your place at the EEAST staff engagement forum
Since Robert Morton joined us as Chief Executive he has been hosting a number of engagement forums with staff, clinicians, managers and volunteers to get their views about EEAST. And our next one is scheduled for Thursday, 10th March.
25 February 2016
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Reminder: administering paracetamol to sepsis patients
As previously published in Need to Know, sepsis is a life-threatening condition triggered by an infection.
25 February 2016
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Vacancy and transfer list – 25th February
This week’s HR e-zine, with the latest job vacancies and transfer opportunities, is now available to view online.
25 February 2016
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Date set for Chelmsford EOC move to new CAD
Following the successful roll out of the new Cleric CAD to Bedford and Norwich EOCs, we’re due to complete the final roll-out to Chelmsford next week.
25 February 2016
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Trial sees new response cars in Herts and Essex
Four additional RRV resources will be hitting the streets of Essex and Hertfordshire next week as part of a new trial.
25 February 2016
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Essex paramedic shaves head in charity event
Tasha Clarke, a paramedic from Clacton, has publicly shaved her head in a pledge which has seen £10,000 raised for a colleague’s wife, following her diagnosis of a rare form of breast cancer.
25 February 2016
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Update from CEO Robert Morton
I know all our thoughts will be with our 999 colleagues in Brussels this week, and those affected by the tragic incidents. It really is emergency care at its most challenging, and can appreciate only too well what difficulties the teams over there will have faced in the last 72-hours.
24 February 2016
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Driving up patient experience in Herts
We’re saying well done to the north east Herts team this month, who are celebrating a massive reduction in complaints over the last year.
24 February 2016
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Our NHS staff survey results published
Our 2015 NHS staff survey results have been published today (23rd February)!
23 February 2016
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Patient management post-ROSC
Cardiac arrests are stressful events for all concerned and if a ROSC is achieved there is cause to celebrate - but in many ways this is only the first step in achieving a positive outcome.
22 February 2016
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Update on a national ambulance uniform
In 2013, the Trust, with all other NHS ambulance services, took part in an exercise to find a common ambulance uniform that all ambulance staff nationally would wear.
21 February 2016
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NHS commits to mental health care with help for a million more people
The NHS in England this week (15th February) committed to the biggest transformation of mental health care across the NHS in a generation...
20 February 2016
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Ops instruction: securing the patient via trolley-cot and harness
A recent court case, not in our region, found the driver of an ambulance guilty of causing death by dangerous driving after they neglected to properly secure a patient to the trolley-cot in their ambulance
19 February 2016
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'Shining a light on PTS and beyond': an update from CEO Robert Morton
I want to start this week by paying my respects to our much revered colleague Gary Smithen, who sadly passed away at the weekend
18 February 2016
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Vacancy and transfer list - 18th February
Find out the latest exciting opportunities within EEAST.
18 February 2016
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Respiratory week: treating paediatric patients for respiratory conditions
This week, we have been promoting respiratory care as part of our winter wise campaign.
18 February 2016
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Cleric CAD now live in Norwich EOC
On Wednesday (17th February) morning the new Cleric CAD system successfully went live in Norwich EOC.
18 February 2016
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Reminder: shortage of atropine minijets
As published on last week’s Need to know, there is a national shortage of Atropine minijets 1mg/10ml.
18 February 2016
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Security plea after nitrous oxide thefts
We’re asking colleagues to be extra vigilant with the storage and security of nitrous oxide cylinders this week, after reports that thieves in Essex have been targeting hospitals to steal the gas containers.
18 February 2016
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Safeguarding: more than 2,000 referrals made
One of our key commitments and responsibilities to our patients and staff is to ensure their safety at all times whilst in our care and to protect them from harm.
18 February 2016
Robert Morton, CEO
Update from CEO Robert Morton: Some big ticket items – 17th March
"I want to start this week’s message by thanking everyone who came to our colleague Gary’s funeral on Friday (11th March). So many of you came to pay your respects and it showed in very real terms, how respected Gary was by many of his colleagues. "
17 February 2016
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Importance of clinical waste disposal
Last December saw a 40% rise in clinical waste output from the Trust – rising to over 7,000kg!
17 February 2016
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Zika virus
A public health emergency of international concern has been declared by the World Health Organisation (WHO) following the recent cluster of Zika virus infections in South and Central America and the Caribbean.
16 February 2016
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‘You are stars’: staff praised in latest survey
You, our staff, have been commended as 'completely professional', 'the safest in the country', and 'amazing' in our latest patient satisfaction latest survey.
15 February 2016
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Student para Joanne gears up for London marathon
With 38,000 runners, the London marathon is considered to be one of the world’s biggest and best running events.
13 February 2016
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Our cultural audit
The Trust recognises that there are many staff and behavioural related issues throughout the region that currently need addressing.
12 February 2016
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New MIND course launched for coping with stress
Mental health charity MIND has announced new dates for a resilience training course in Essex, which is now open to applications from EEAST staff and volunteers.
12 February 2016
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Vacancy and transfer list – 11th February
This week’s HR e-zine, with the latest job vacancies and transfer opportunities, is now available to view online.
11 February 2016
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Norwich EOC gearing up for new CAD
The new Cleric CAD is due to be implemented in Norwich EOC in the early hours of Wednesday morning (17th February).
11 February 2016
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Latest stroke study opens at EEAST
Last week saw 53 paramedics across Peterborough, west Suffolk and north Essex go live for EEAST’s latest clinical research study!
11 February 2016
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Stroke update: reminders and tips to improve our care
Following on from the Trust’s stroke week, guidance on stroke care has been released by the clinical team.
11 February 2016
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ALF2016 Awards: EEAST celebrate two winners
Two staff members from EEAST have won nationally recognised awards at the Ambulance Leadership Forum (ALF) Awards.
11 February 2016
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Register your interest for ‘shaping the future’ event hosted by CEO
Since Robert Morton joined us as Chief Executive he has been hosting a number of engagement forums with staff, clinicians, managers and volunteers to get their views about EEAST.
11 February 2016
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Patient care records guidance
Guidance about the importance of patient care records has been released by the Trust.
11 February 2016
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Update from CEO Robert Morton: tackling 13,000 additional calls
"I hope that most of you will have seen the update sent out to colleagues yesterday about the relentless increase in demand that we’ve been experiencing." Your weekly update from CEO Robert Morton.
10 February 2016
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Costessey CFRs need your help in fundraising appeal
A community first responder group in Norfolk is calling on your help for a fundraising appeal.
10 February 2016
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Trust directory: Have you checked your details?
It may be a bit early for spring cleaning, but all entries within the Trust directory are currently being reviewed, to make sure the most up-to-date information is listed.
09 February 2016
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New standards of conduct, performance and ethics for paramedics launched
The health and care professions council (HCPC), the body that regulates and registers paramedics, last week launched revised standards of conduct, performance and ethics that paramedics are expected to adhere to.
08 February 2016
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Trust policy and procedure updates
The following policies and procedures have been reviewed and updated this month (January).
08 February 2016
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Paramedic recruitment event a “huge success”
More than 180 paramedic science students attended a recruitment event which has been hailed as "extremely useful".
07 February 2016
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“I wanted to meet the people that saved my life and shake their hands”: Norfolk man meets his lifesavers
A Norfolk man has been reunited with the ambulance staff who helped save his life.
06 February 2016
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Developing our EOCs and better supporting staff
Our EOCs are nearly always the first point of contact and sometimes the first point of care for our 999 patients.
06 February 2016
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Changes to the Datix system
From Monday 8th February, the way that documents are created (merged) within the Datix system will improve for users.
05 February 2016
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Voluntary CPD clinical courses: Book your place
A range of clinical courses will be available to staff next month (March).
05 February 2016
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Changing our culture
Last year the Board recognised that we need to challenge and change our culture and the first part of this was launching a new set of vision, values and expected behaviours
04 February 2016
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Shortage of minijets
Please be aware that there is a national shortage of Atropine minijets 1mg/10ml.
04 February 2016
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‘Everyone is under pressure’: an update from CEO Robert Morton
We’ve talked for a long time at EEAST about the tremendous pressure that we’re under as a service. In fact, that pressure has been so consistent that it’s feels like it has become the norm rather than the exception for all of us.
03 February 2016
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An update from the CEO Robert Morton: Time to reflect
“When we are so busy and under constant pressure with ever increasing demand for our services, it is often easy to forget the progress we have made. And we have made some real and significant progress over the last five months and I wanted to just take some time to reflect.”
03 February 2016
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Vacancy and transfer list – 3rd February
This week’s HR e-zine, with the latest job vacancies and transfer opportunities, is now available to view online.
03 February 2016
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New clinical career pathway proposed by Board
A new development pathway for our clinical care staff has been shared this week that will provide clear progression opportunities internally here at EEAST.
03 February 2016
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‘Becoming more people focused’: what was said at last week’s Board meeting
Talent management, leadership programmes and an exciting new clinical career pathway were all tabled at last week’s Board meeting in Hertfordshire.
03 February 2016
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“Wonderful”, “professional” and “first class” staff praised in a new survey.
More than 100 patients filled in questionnaires, with 95.5% very satisfied, satisfied or fairly satisfied with the service they received from the Trust in October.
03 February 2016
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Time to talk about mental health
Thursday 4th February is ‘Time to Talk’ day, a day dedicated to the awareness of mental health.
03 February 2016
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Chelmsford call handler receives award
Congratulations to Chelmsford EOC Call Handler Emma Farkas for achieving her silver award for consistent call handling excellence.
03 February 2016
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Stroke week
This week have are promoting stroke care as part of our winter wise campaign.
03 February 2016
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Get cashback on everyday spending with NHS Black Card
The PScashback Black Card is an exclusive benefit available to NHS staff, allowing you to get cashback on your everyday purchases.
03 February 2016
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Take care of your own health this winter
As we continue over the unpredictable and ever changing winter period, it’s important for you to make sure you’re looking after your health.
02 February 2016
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Essex Success Regime: progress update
Staff in mid and south Essex are being briefed on the latest news about the Essex Success Regime, one of three programmes in the country which are part of the NHS Five Year Forward View.
01 February 2016

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