Update from Anthony Marsh - 21st May 2015

Chief Executive Dr Anthony Marsh

One of our priorities for 2015/16 is the continuation of our student paramedic campaign to replicate the 400 new recruits we employed last year, in what is the most ambitious recruitment campaign in the country. I am extremely pleased to tell you that we are more than halfway to achieving that target already and have offered 209 contracts so far. We are recruiting in most areas of the Trust and are particularly focussing on Hertfordshire, east Suffolk, south Cambridgeshire and west Essex.

With the speed of the progression we have made already, if you are an ECA, EMT or in HCRT, now is the time to consider if you wish to join the student paramedic pathway. This will be a voluntary decision and you should speak to your line manager if it is something you wish to pursue. The full details of the role, including how to apply, is on the NHS jobs website; please also share it with any family members or friends who would like to join the service or who you think would make good paramedics.

I am also delighted to tell you we are finalising the details of more opportunities for ECAs to progress to EMT; the modular course will be rolled out in the remaining localities and increased in size and there will be more places available on the six-week courses this year. There will be further information published on Need to Know in the next couple of weeks. This is in addition of course to the university programme for 40 EMTs to become paramedics in 2015/16.

Finally the Trust will be holding a clinical briefing for staff in the summer which will see the launch of our quality and safety strategy and will cover the Mental Capacity Act, sepsis management and the importance of quality improvements. It will be in July and further details will be published on Need to Know soon. As I have mentioned before, clinical quality is extremely important to all ambulance services and I look forward to seeing as many staff there as possible.

Published 21st May 2015 

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