Clinical pathways and career opportunities at EEAST

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Our People and Culture and Clinical teams have been working hard on putting in place opportunities you have at the Trust to develop and evolve your career.

This year, we have seen record numbers of our staff start new training programmes. This includes:

  • 61 practice educators trained through Hertfordshire University
  • 93 student paramedics starting year two of their programme, with another 60 due to start before 31st March
  • 130 of our student paramedics graduating and becoming NQPs
  • 77 technicians starting the tech to paramedic pathway since April
  • 26 internal ECAs starting their apprentice EMT course
  • 17 staff from other areas of EEAST progressing onto clinical pathways from a mix of PTS, EOC, and AFAs roles.

This is fantastic progress, however whilst we have recruitment plans in place to increase staffing numbers to support you and patients, we need to do more to retain our staff and help you at EEAST.

We needed to get a better understanding about some of the reasons people leave, or consider leaving, EEAST and this has been through exit interviews, online feedback, forums and surveys. Themes include local line management and the ability to access professional development and progression opportunities.

A lot of this is around our patient-facing colleagues, who have fed back that PU, specialist paramedic opportunities and leadership, are areas which need to be looked at.

Management teams were emailed an update about this on Friday, which is in downloads below, and goes into more detail about progression in different roles and work areas, if this is something you are interested in. The update is also up here on East24.

Please keep in touch with your management teams and HR support for more updates, and of course please comment below if you’ve got specific questions that the wider directorates can help you with.

Published 25th January 2019

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