Recruitment drive for ambulance service to begin in East of England

Date Published : March 19th, 2016    Published By : admin

Due to the continued increase in demand on the 999 service, the East of England Ambulance Service wants to increase the number of clinical staff able to respond to patients and to get more patient-facing staff on board and help develop their existing staff; they are launching a new recruitment plan next week.

Hundreds of student paramedics have been recruited into the East of England Ambulance Service (EEAS) over the past two years which has also developed existing staff in their clinical careers. According to the EEAS Chief Executive Robert Morton, recruiting more front line staff will also help relieve some of the pressure on existing staff.

EEAS ambulance crew with patient

These plans are being discussed with the region’s clinical commissioning groups, the NHS trusts who buy provider services like the EEAS, but to ensure recruitment starts quickly and effectively parts of the recruitment plan will be launched within the next week.

The aim of the ambulance service is to recruit and develop,

  • Up-skill 50-60 existing EEAST paramedics to specialist paramedics per year for the next three years, so the service can provide more care and treatment to patients  in their home
  • recruit 100 graduate paramedics
  • recruit 200 student paramedics
  • recruit 150 student associate ambulance practitioners (AAPs) who have a similar scope of practice to emergency medical technicians (EMT); this will have no impact on existing EEAST EMTs
  • up-skill 100 existing EEAST ambulance care assistants (ACAs)/emergency care assistants (ECA) to intermediate practitioners/AAPs
  • recruit 150 intermediate practitioners to help backfill for those existing staff who successfully progress to AAP level; the service is looking for 50% of those recruited at intermediate practitioner level to be able to progress to AAP level within 12 months. Intermediate practitioners will be EEAST-trained and work alongside qualified associate ambulance practitioners in staffing a new intermediate care tier which will be focussed on transporting those patients who need little or no clinical intervention to hospital and responding to lower acuity 999 calls.

EEAS Ambulances

East of England Ambulance Service Chief Executive Robert Morton said: “These plans will benefit patients, staff and the public. We will have more clinical staff able to respond to patients in the community and offer our existing staff more opportunities to develop their careers within the ambulance service. And of course, it will bring new employment and career opportunities to people in the east of England.”

He also said: “I have been working in the ambulance service for more than 20 years and it is so rewarding; I would encourage anyone thinking of making a career change or starting off on their career to consider joining EEAST.”

East of Engalnd Ambulance Service stock images

The Trust is also developing new career pathways for staff to enable progression right up to specialist paramedic, with the aim of offering staff more opportunities and to enable more patients to be treated in the community reducing the percentage of patients who are taken to A&E.

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