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As a reminder, the new BBR rotas in North East Essex will be going live on Monday 17th February.

Please remember the go live date for each station will vary and that your actual date is indicated within your 30-Day Notification of Change Letter. If you are unsure of your own rota go live date or have not received your 30-Day Notification of Change Letter, please contact your AGM. 

Many thanks to all working party reps, managers and staff for enabling this achievement.

The new BBR rota patterns for the final stations with March go live dates have been uploaded onto GRS, so please take some time to familiarise yourselves with these patterns and any changes to your place of work, shift times etc as agreed during your consultation period. If you are not able to view your new rota, please contact your local planning teams. 

We are continuing to work with our estates and fleet colleagues to address the outstanding issues to ensure that everything is in place for those stations with March go live dates.

Double Paramedic Crews 

We have been asked for guidance around the use of double paramedic crews within the new BBR rota line allocations. The following is an extract from the WP7 FAQ document on East24.

As identified in the ISR modelling and subsequent funding agreements, a 70% paramedic and 30% other skill mix will become the norm and by which will lead, eventually, to there being double paramedic crews. 

The following are some points to assist you in what needs to be considered when there is a requirement to create double para crews:

  • A double paramedic crew cannot be created when a paramedic vacancy exists elsewhere on that rota and or station where a similar working pattern and shift length exists.
  • We need to ensure we maximise as much as practicable a paramedic on every resource.
  • Double paramedic crews cannot exceed the budgeted allocation, for example, when a rota consisting of 10 staff can be rostered as 7 paramedics and 3 non paramedics, equally, the proportionate split would need to be applied to funded relief element.

It may be necessary to move a paramedic from a double paramedic line in the future where a paramedic vacancy is created and no backfill is immediately available, if the cover required on the vacated rota is at the same station and of a similar working pattern and shift length. The BBR line allocation process can be used for this purpose to support decision making and ensure consistency.

  • We need to recognise that it may be necessary to split double paramedic crews during a shift where a crew exists elsewhere that has no paramedic on that vehicle.
  • Please note it may not be necessary to complete an HR2 in the above circumstances, therefore, please seek HR/Local Management advice if you are uncertain.


Rota Email Address

As we are now approaching the point at which most stations will have their new rotas in place, we are starting to close the project. As part of this process, the BBR rota team email address ( will cease to be used or accessed after Friday 28th February 2020. An out of office message will be added from this date as a reminder.

In order to ensure that we are able to continue to offer ongoing support, if any staff who are due to go live after this date have queries related to their new rotas, please contact Barry Jarvis, HR Advisor BBR Project, who will disseminate your email to the relevant person or team for comment.

Additional information and support available

If you require any other information please feel free to check out our useful BBR pages on EAST24.  If you have any further questions or require any support, please feel free to contact the BBR team at until 28th February 2020.

For areas that have gone live already, please contact your AGM initially should you require any support.

Published 30th January 2020