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Sally's Journey - CallEEAST Team Leader

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Sally Bennett is a contact centre team leader within our CallEEAST team who has been with the Trust for 28 years.

Whilst at a baby group with my son, I happened to speak to one of the managers who worked for the Trust at the time. This led to me starting on a bank contract and through various secondments and roles, Im still here!

When I started back in 1995, I worked as a bank staff call taker within what was then called Medicom, moving from bank to part-time and then trainer to supervisor. After 10 years I moved over to the patient transport service (PTS), assisting on the control desk, taking bookings, and allocating vehicles, for around a year before becoming the operational resource coordinator (ORC). This involved keeping the ambulances on the road, organising things such as MOTs, services and completing crew rotas, as well as supporting the operations manager.

Whilst in this department, I trained on the road so I could cover operational shifts for PTS. During this time, I was seconded to set up an events team to help frontline crews get back into the work environment whilst on alternative working duties. The team would attend private events to supply medical cover, such as football games and I covered as an ambulance radio operator there for 10 years. The radio operator was the link between the stewards on the ground to the medics. If we got an alert in the control room, it would be my job to activate the nearest first aider, or upgrade to a paramedic if needed.

I also completed a six month secondment in clinical audit, where I was a manager facilitator, which involved receiving data and producing reports on various subjects. Following 10 years in PTS, we lost the PTS Norfolk contract, and I had to move to the private ambulance sector. However, I returned after six months to the role of Medicom supervisor.

That was eight years ago now and in that time I have moved from supervisor to Cambridge and Peterborough team leader, where I had my own successful team.

In 2023, I have been supporting the CallEEAST contact centre manager, which means I help with ongoing projects and CQC work - Im really enjoying having a new challenge again.

The only challenge I faced along the way was not having confidence in myself, but I have always been lucky and had supportive managers that have encouraged me to develop. I work as part of a great team, where managers listen to everyones ideas, and we work together.

If I was going to give advice to someone wanting to start a career with EEAST, I would say come to work with a positive mindset, dont take work issues home and take every opportunity you are offered.

I have completed 28 years here as part of the EEAST team and still enjoy coming to work every day.

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