Hundreds of ambulance service jobs are being created in the east of England following the launch of a new recruitment drive by a local trust.
The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust has launched a student paramedic recruitment programme with the aim of filling some of the numerous frontline vacancies in the region's ambulance service, while offering career opportunities to talented staff.
It will be offering full-time paramedic contracts to student paramedics who have completed the necessary two-and-a-half-year training programme, allowing these workers to move straight into providing care for patients.
Dr Anthony Marsh, Chief Executive of the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust, said: "We are aiming to recruit 400 students and while this may be an ambitious target, it means we will have a whole lot of fully qualified paramedics on the road responding to our patients in the future. This is a great step forward for our service."
In addition to this new programme, the trust is also continuing to step up its recruitment of graduate paramedics and qualified technicians as it seeks to fill hundreds of vacancies within the trust.
Dr Marsh expressed confidence that this initiative will bring numerous benefits for staff, patients and local communities alike, allowing the organisation to meet its goal of having a paramedic on every vehicle, ensuring a higher standard of care.
Since the announcement of the scheme last week, the trust revealed that it has attracted more than 1,200 applicants, coming from a diverse range of backgrounds.
The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust covers the six counties which make up the east of England - Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. It employs around 4,000 staff and 1,500 volunteers to deal with more than 929,000 999 calls every year, while also handling more than a million non-emergency patient journeys to and from routine hospital appointments.
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