Ambulance trailblazers complete new course
Date: 16 August 2016
Seven recruits from different walks of life have successfully completed a new course with the region's ambulance service.
This could be you if you are looking to get your foot into pre-hospital emergency care or looking for an exciting career change.
The group passed their final assessments last week to become the Trust's first ever intermediate ambulance practitioners (IAP).
They completed the six-week programme in Norwich and will join the front line once they complete their blue-light driver training.
The Trust is looking to hire 300 IAPs and associate ambulance practitioners (AAPs) this year to increase staffing levels and improve response times to patients.
The IAP role gives people the opportunity to get their first step on the ladder in emergency care and will provide them with the opportunity to learn new skills and progress to become AAPs.
This first group will join ambulance stations in Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex when they finish their four weeks of driver training.
Education Training Officer Andy Ormiston said: “This is a pioneering scheme and we are the first in the country to run the IAP course. It is a brilliant way to enter the ambulance service by supporting existing experienced clinicians and gives the opportunity to upskill and progress their career. Some people are nervous about paramedic training, but this is a really good way of learning in stages.”
Meanwhile, an AAP course is running in Newmarket and another group will start their AAP training in Norwich next week.
Seven recruits from different walks of life have successfully completed a new course