Ambulance Service goes down under to recruit paramedics

Date Published : April 2nd, 2015    Published By : admin

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London Ambulance Service is heading back to Australia in March after successfully recruiting 175 paramedics last September. A team will interview and assess over 250 paramedics in Sydney and Melbourne between 9 and 20 March keen to work for the worlds’ busiest ambulance service.

Opportunities for paramedics in London include working on a car, motorbike, bicycle and helicopter, as well as specialist teams trained to work in hazardous or potentially dangerous environments.

Director of Operations Jason Killens said: “The Australian paramedics that we’ve already recruited are doing a fantastic job. They’re extremely enthusiastic, have a great work ethic and are keen to progress, which is why we’re going back to recruit more.

“As well as recruiting from the UK, we’re recruiting Australian paramedics because their skills closely match ours and there is only a three-week familiarisation course and driver training before they can begin work with us.”

Many Australian medics recruited in September are already treating patients on the streets of London. One of them is 22-year-old Mitchell Hand from Bulli, New South Wales, who studied at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst. He said: “There is such a diverse range of people here in London, different cultures and languages as well as exposure to all different types of patients.

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“There’s so much to do, see and experience not only when you are at work but outside of work too. It’s a wonderful opportunity. For anyone at home considering working in London – book your flight – you would be crazy not to and you’ll regret it.”

More paramedics are needed in London due to year-on-year increases in demand and a national shortage of paramedics making it difficult to recruit within the UK. While the Service is working with universities to increase paramedic places on courses, and training paramedics in-house, more are needed to bridge the gap until these are qualified.

The team will also visit universities in Melbourne and Sydney to urge future paramedic graduates to consider a career with the London Ambulance Service.

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