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Ambulance Watch: Two new ambulance roles created at 999 trust

PUBLISHED: 09:50 10 October 2014 | UPDATED: 10:46 10 October 2014

The region's ambulance service has created two new roles to improve patient care.

The region's ambulance service has created two new roles to improve patient care.

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Two new roles have been created at the region’s ambulance service in a bid to improve patient care and career progression for front-line staff.

An agreement has been reached between staff and bosses at the East of England Ambulance Service Trust (EEAST) to introduce senior paramedic and senior emergency medical technician positions.

The roles will be open to all existing staff to apply who meet the necessary requirements and would like the opportunity to develop and increase their pay.

Anthony Marsh, chief executive of EEAST, said: “I am delighted to be able to open this opportunity to staff in EEAST.

“We have a shared goal to better support all staff, and this agreement allows us to recognise and acknowledge experienced staff on the frontline for the work they do in very difficult circumstances. Retention and support of existing staff is just as important as recruitment of new staff, and given the number of vacancies we had at the beginning of the year, we need to balance these elements.”

Fraer Stevenson, Unison branch secretary said: “The trust has some very experienced front-line staff and developing these new roles will allow them to be recognised for their dedication and hard work. It’s been a very challenging few years for staff working under enormous pressure due to the vacancy rates.”

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