Ambulance Watch: 999 trust appoints third assistant chief

PUBLISHED: 06:30 06 September 2014

East Anglian Ambulance Trust ambulance answering emergency call in Norwich. Photo: Steve Adams

East Anglian Ambulance Trust ambulance answering emergency call in Norwich. Photo: Steve Adams

Officials at the region’s ambulance service insisted that the number of executives was being reduced, despite appointing its third assistant chief.

Daniel Gore, East of England Ambulance Service's new transformation director and assistant chief ambulance officer.Daniel Gore, East of England Ambulance Service's new transformation director and assistant chief ambulance officer.

Jon Moore was hired as executive officer/assistant chief ambulance officer at the East of England Ambulance Service Trust (EEAST) as part of a restructure of the under-performing organisation.

The appointment, which followed an internal recruitment process, comes after Daniel Gore was hired as assistant chief ambulance officer and transformation director in July and Paul Leaman was handed the temporary role of assistant chief executive in January.

Mr Moore has previously been interim head of emergency operations in Norfolk and Suffolk and had been acting north sector lead at the ambulance trust before the role was made redundant in March.

The changes come after Anthony Marsh, CEO of the West Midlands Ambulance Service, was made chief executive of EEAST to turn around the fortunes of the organisation.

Paul Leaman, assistant chief executive of EEAST.Paul Leaman, assistant chief executive of EEAST.

A spokesman for the NHS trust said that overall there would be fewer assistant chief ambulance officers, or comparable posts, compared to when Dr Marsh took on the twin hatter role in January.

“The phrase assistant chief ambulance officer is one used to describe the rank of those senior uniformed managers within the trust. The trust recruits staff to specific roles. Some of these roles are sufficiently senior to warrant the additional title of assistant chief ambulance officer.

“They all have their own specific titles, such as transformation director for Daniel Gore, assistant chief executive officer for Paul Leaman and executive officer for Jon Moore. This is the same for all emergency services.

“Jon’s role is to work with the chief executive and other directors on all aspects of the trust’s delivery of services to patients. Jon provides dedicated support and advice to the chief executive on a variety of issues and also leads on a number of specific projects with the chief executive,” said the spokesman.

Mr Leaman, a former associate director, was given the job of assistant chief executive at EEAST at the start of the year and has been leading a project to reduce the number of manager, back office and admin posts. He is set to retire next month.

Mr Leaman was served with a 12 month suspension order by the Health and Care Professions Council in 2009 after it emerged that he had taken an ambulance vehicle on a booze cruise to France in 2001 and that he had exerted pressure on junior staff to place equipment orders with a friend’s company whilst he was director of operations at the Essex Ambulance Service.

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  • Daniel Gore worked with Dr (?) Marsh in West Midlands Ambulance Service, a failing ambulance service fined for not meeting its targets, so you have no employed two managers from the same failing ambulance service paying them good money to try and save your failing ambulance service, you could honestly not make it up!

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    Thursday, September 11, 2014

  • I hate to say it but " Too many chiefs and not enough Indians " is obvious here. Throughout the NHS the paper shufflers breed faster than weeds. Symptomatic of the whole paper shuffling organisation.

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    norman hall

    Sunday, September 7, 2014

  • Phew! What is that pong?

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    Cyril the Canary

    Saturday, September 6, 2014

  • Why does Anthony Marsh need all of these assistants if he's such value on £232,000 a year? We are clearly being fobbed off. He's being paid more and we're being told he can do two people's jobs - yet he's employing more right hand men to do it.

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    Jeffrey Osborne

    Saturday, September 6, 2014

  • It's all a bad smell ! How much more can the Big NHS allow before they stop this ...the board is so weak that they hid.... Grow some balls and back bone.. Marsh's plan is intimidation and his personal team of placed managers do his biding... All of them should be sacked's a boys club..worked in Essesx then you can join the club. Very disappointed by our MP's not stepping in by now.

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    DAVE !

    Saturday, September 6, 2014

  • Ahh, the Essex Booze Cruise Scandal! He took the bullet for a few of his colleagues and now high rankings EEAST staff, so can see why he got the job. I think anyone that have ever been turned down for, or lost a job with EEAST because of having been struck off the HPC register or having previous disciplinary action against them has good grounds to appeal.

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    Saturday, September 6, 2014

  • Jobs for the boys? It's how it works, it how all these big organisations work, always have done and always will.

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    Catton Man

    Saturday, September 6, 2014

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