Ambulance service launches another recruitment drive

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Ambulance service launches another recruitment drive

A new call for people to join the ambulance service s front line is being made as part of its ambitious recruitment plans.

The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) wants to recruit 150 intermediate practitioners, who will respond to cases of sudden illness, healthcare professional-assessed calls, as well as special and planned patient transfer requests.

Successful applicants will complete a 10-week training programme, which includes four weeks advanced driving, to gain an accredited Level 3 award.

This is on top of launch two weeks ago to appoint 150 Associate Ambulance Practitioner (AAP) posts as part of an innovative, responsive, community focused and patient-driven service.

Robert Morton, Chief Executive of the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST), said:  The intermediate practitioner role is a perfect route into the ambulance career  it s patient-facing, community-driven and will give successful recruits an excellent opportunity to progress in a relatively short amount of time.

 I d like to thank all those who have taken the time to apply for these new roles so far  as well as new employment and career opportunities to people in the east of England, more patient-facing staff means better response to our communities and relieves the pressure on our colleagues in their work.

Applicants must demonstrate a general education in reading, writing and simple arithmetic, and have a current driving licence with two years experience on a full licence (full C1 category must be evidenced prior to starting employment, but consideration will be given to those who have  B or provisional C1 at point of application). The application must also reflect the EEAST visions and values.

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For an informal discussion on this post, please contact the HR Services Team on 01234 243200

In March, the Trust published its overall recruitment and training plan which is being discussed with the region s clinical commissioning groups. To ensure recruitment starts quickly and effectively EEAST has launched the first two phases to attract 300 patient-facing staff. The overall aim is to:

upskill 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)
upskill 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


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