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.”


  • A considerable number of new jobs have been created by Dr Marsh, the new CEO of EEAST. However, the thorny subject of cost doesn't seem to have been talked about much does it? Whilst he has persuaded CCG's into coughing up more money they've only done so on the basis of the service significantly improving its response times . However, that extra money isn't going to be there next year so what then? One of the reasons that EEAST got into such a mess in the first place was because the previous regime tried to operate EEAST within budget. The budget wasn't enough so they allowed the service to fail by not investing in the extra resources they desperately needed. However,the new CEO has had to get the CCG's to spend an extra £15 million to pay for those additional resources to 'hopefully' achieve the required response targets by the end of this year. However, and here is the rub, what about next year? What about staying within budget? The CCG's have made it abundantly clear that the £15 million is a one off payment. So will EEAST end up massively in debt next year, or if not the year after? I suspect that the budget isn't a prime consideration at the moment but it may well become a big problem in the future!

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    Monday, October 13, 2014

  • Re-: wes1975 And the culture won't change under the new CEO as he has the same problems in WMAS as well.

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  • Yet the 'Trust' (that's a word to be taken with a pinch of salt) do not mention how many of us senior, experienced members have left the service in the past two years because of the overload of work, bullying culture and total lack of support.

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