News archive from February 2017
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This week's exec message: If you knocked someone over in the street, would you say sorry?
This week’s senior leadership message comes from Emma de-Carteret, Safety and Risk Lead
28 February 2017
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Places available for pre-hospital student conference
A two-day conference, designed to enhance the quality of critical care, is taking place next month and students are invited to attend.
28 February 2017
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Trust’s ‘rare conditions handbook’: download your copy today
The most rare diseases can affect only a handful, or even a single person in the whole of the country. So what happens if you’re called to provide care to that one person?
28 February 2017
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New SORT training dates available
If you would like to join our specialist operations response team (SORT), then new training dates are available over the next few months.
27 February 2017
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Free event – The inaugural clinical entrepreneur’s forum
The Eastern Academic Health Science Network, together with Health Enterprise East, is hosting its first ever clinical entrepreneur’s forum.
26 February 2017
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Are you running the Virgin London Marathon? We want to hear from you!
We are hoping to do a write up before and after the big event, to honour everyone taking part.
25 February 2017
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Storing tough cut scissors on vehicles
The clinical engineering team have recently seen a number of vehicles where crews are using the oxygen pipelines to store their tough cut scissors.
24 February 2017
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Staying safe and secure
The security of our staff, equipment and property is of the utmost importance for all of us. And we all have a role to play in keeping each other, our buildings, vehicles and equipment safe.
23 February 2017
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Paramedic Nick’s challenge to end all challenges
Our runners, swimmers and cyclists amongst us will know that training and completing an event can become a crazy obsession.
23 February 2017
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Funeral arrangements for former colleague David Keating
It is with great sadness that we report the passing of much -loved David Keating who died suddenly and unexpectedly on 6th February.
23 February 2017
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Essex father-son duo raise more than £6,000 for CFR group
Martin and Dennis Ford, who volunteer in Colchester, have raised a staggering £6,565 to buy new equipment for their group.
23 February 2017
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Be vigilant! Increase in ‘phishing emails’ prompts warning
Over the last few weeks, the IT team have notice an increase in ‘phishing’ emails and are asking staff to remain vigilant.
23 February 2017
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Opportunity to unlock and develop your leadership skills
The region’s medical regiment is holding a two-day leadership development event and managers are invited to attend.
23 February 2017
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Vacancy and transfer list – 23rd February
This week’s HR e-zine, with the latest job vacancies, expressions of interest and transfer opportunities, has been published.
23 February 2017
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Weather warnings issued for east of England
The Met Office has issued warnings of strong winds for the region, which are set to stay in place until 8pm tomorrow (Thursday, 23rd).
22 February 2017
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Behind the scenes – Phil Churchill
This week EOC Training Lead Phil Churchill is in the ‘behind the scenes’ spotlight.
18 February 2017
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Get in touch! Online contact form to reach the communications team
Following some excellent feedback from a patient-facing colleague, you can now drop a quick line to the Communications team through just a couple of clicks on East24.
17 February 2017
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Behind the headlines: Trust position on HSE improvement notices
Our response to the media on our position around Health and Safety Executive (HSE) improvement notices.
17 February 2017
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Helping to have your say in Colchester and Tendring
New dates for the North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) urgent care review have been announced, and you’re invited to attend.
17 February 2017
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How to avoid ‘phishing’ e-mails
The IT team are asking all staff to be vigilant after noticing an increase in ‘phishing’ emails.
16 February 2017
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Video message: Kevin Brown, Director of Service Delivery says thank you to you all
In his first video message, Director of Service Delivery Kevin Brown talks about winter pressures, how we can all help and shares a big thank you to you all…
16 February 2017
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Trust’s strategy takes first steps to improve care for dementia patients
As part of the Trust’s Dementia Strategy, which launched last year, EEAST has signed up to the region’s Dementia Action Alliance.
16 February 2017
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This weeks leadership message comes from our Director of Service Delivery, Kevin Brown
This week, Kevin talks about partnership working, the new procedure when dealing with delayed handovers and pride at EEAST.
16 February 2017
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Keeping it in the family: meet the Bells
Here at EEAST we consider ourselves like one big family, but in Chelmsford EOC, three members of the same team really are! Meet Dispatcher Amanda and children Matthew and Emma.
16 February 2017
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Survey: Help us fight against fraud and bribery!
You’re in a situation where you suspect an act of bribery or fraud has happened – do you know who to call?
16 February 2017
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Paramedic Lesley gearing up for London marathon challenge
With more than 30,000 runners each year, the Virgin London Marathon is widely considered one of the world’s biggest and best events in every runner’s calendar. And once again this year, one of our own will be on the start line on 23rd April.
16 February 2017
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Its EAAA’s clinical governance day and you’re invited
The East Anglian Air Ambulance charity is holding its monthly clinical governance day on Friday, 3rd March, in Newmarket – and Trust staff can join in.
16 February 2017
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Vacancy and transfer list – 16th February
This week’s HR e-zine, with the latest job vacancies, expressions of interest and transfer opportunities, has been published.
16 February 2017
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Your weekly update from Chief Executive Robert Morton
An update on our emergency services contract, a big thank you to you all and a recent story that reminded me of why I work in the ambulance service: it’s your weekly update from Robert Morton, Chief Executive.
16 February 2017
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“I owe these people so much, they saved my life”: Suffolk man reunited with his life savers
Staff have been praised for their efforts in saving the life of a man who went into cardiac arrest last month.
15 February 2017
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This week’s quality roadshows are in...
The quality and improvement team are continuing their grand tour around EEAST to hear first hand from you about how we can improve the quality of what we do.
13 February 2017
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Are you feeling lonely?
Have you ever felt lonely? Even just for a moment? A recent survey by the Mental Health Foundation found that in the UK, one in 10 people has suffered from loneliness.
11 February 2017
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"Truly kind and professional"
Staff have been called “top class”, “brilliant”, and “very professional” by respondents of our latest patient experience report.
10 February 2017
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Mental health scheme shortlisted for national award
The Mental Health Street Triage (MHST), an initiative that ensures patients receive fast and appropriate care during mental health crises, has been shortlisted in the Health Service Journal (HSJ) Value in Healthcare awards.
10 February 2017
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The EEAST roadmap: an update from Wayne Bartlett-Syree, Director of Strategy and Sustainability
Strategy. It’s a word used in organisations across the world, but when it comes down to it, what is a strategy and why do we actually need one? This week’s executive message is from Director of Strategy and Sustainability, Wayne Bartlett-Syree.
09 February 2017
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This weeks leadership message comes from
This week, Sandy talks about recent media coverage and the Trusts SI process.
09 February 2017
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Baby it’s cold outside! Don’t leave your equipment out in the chill
During the colder months, please pay extra attention to the batteries in your medical devices as they can be affected by temperature.
09 February 2017
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Paramedic? Take the next development step with practice
The next generation of practice education courses are coming soon.
09 February 2017
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Birth registrations following a delivery
Staff are reminded that they need to fill in the location of where a birth happened, so that registrars can make the most accurate record possible.
09 February 2017
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Luton station to open its doors to the public for charity
As part of a mammoth charity challenge, a group of staff from south Bedfordshire will be holding a station open day to raise money for charity.
09 February 2017
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Vacancy and transfer list – 9th February
This week’s HR e-zine, with the latest job vacancies, expressions of interest and transfer opportunities, has been published.
09 February 2017
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Exceptional volunteer recognised for national award posthumously
Keith Marshall, one of our dedicated volunteers, has received a national award posthumously for his work at the Trust.
09 February 2017
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Karen's trek of a lifetime
We’ve all heard of the charity Help for Heroes and the incredible work it does, but it has a particularly special place in one of our staff member’s heart.
08 February 2017
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Thank you for #EOCtakeover week success
A big thank you to everyone who contributed to and supported our EOC takeover week which finished on Sunday.
07 February 2017
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On a student para pathway, prior to university? Survey still open!
A Health Education England (HEE) survey, designed to help inform us of the quality of your taught education programme and the learning in practice, is still open.
04 February 2017
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Minor injury services in Great Yarmouth and Waveney are changing
As of Monday (6th February) the Beccles minor injury service will be provided by the Beccles Medical Centre, with the last patients being seen at the current Beccles Minor Injury Unit on Sunday (5th February).
03 February 2017
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Please report all cases of violence and aggression
In the event that you’re exposed to acts of violence and aggression in the line of duty, you’re required to report it on the DATIX system.
03 February 2017
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From band 6 paramedics to football: an update from Deputy Chief Executive, Sandy Brown
This week's exec message comes from our Deputy Chief Executive, Sandy Brown.
02 February 2017
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Working time directive compliance – new process commenced 1st Feb
As of today (1st Feb), we need all staff who are rostered on GRS to complete a daily incidental overtime form and a new monthly timesheet.
02 February 2017
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Spring 2017: update from CEO Robert Morton (2nd February)
“Well we are into February already and it feels like January passed in a blink. Demand for our services continues to be way above what we would expect so the pressure on all of us continues. Despite this, we continue to deliver improvements and continue to be in the top three performing trusts each week.”
02 February 2017
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Help challenge mental health discrimination – Time to Talk Day 2017
The time has come for the fourth annual Time to Talk Day, and here at EEAST we want to do our bit. With more than 60%* of people saying that stigma and discrimination are as damaging as the actual symptoms of their mental health problem, now is as good a time as any to get talking!
02 February 2017
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The good days and not so good days: Phil shares his story
Hi, my name is Phil. I have been a dispatcher in Bedford EOC for more than 14 years.
02 February 2017
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Clinical Manual app shortlisted for national award
Our Clinical Manual app has been shortlisted in the prestigious Health Service Journal (HSJ) awards!
02 February 2017
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Vital role of ambulance services recognised in Parliament scrutiny report
A new report has found that in 2015-16, the equivalent of 41,000 12-hour ambulance shifts were lost nationally due to handover delays at hospital.
02 February 2017
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Behind the scenes: Andrew Beardsley
Today we go behind the scenes to introduce you to Andrew Beardsley, an EOC Manager over in Bedford who has been with the Trust since October.
02 February 2017
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Free end of life care event
An ageing unit is sharing the results of its Cambridge City over 75s cohort study at the end of this week - and you are invited to join them!
02 February 2017
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Vacancy and transfer list – 2nd February
This week’s HR e-zine, with the latest job vacancies, expressions of interest and transfer opportunities, has been published.
02 February 2017
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Single point of contact (SPOC) delays
Due to capacity issues, you may experience delays getting through to SPOC today if you want to make a safeguarding referral or report an incident; please do bear with us as it is vital that these referrals and incident reports are still made.
02 February 2017
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Defib donation from the man who is ‘living proof’ that they work
Former patient donates £1,000 for a new defibrillator to “help save another life.”
01 February 2017

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