National Careers Week at EEAST

Date: 04 March 2019

National Careers Week 2019

National Careers Week at EEAST

Great healthcare requires great staff. That’s why we are doing everything we can to recruit committed, skilled people – and  to make sure we support our new and existing employees so they choose to stay with us.

We offer a great working environment and a comprehensive employment package – which ranges from professional support to benefits for you and your family.

Whatever your current role or ambition, we’ll help you build a fulfilling career!

And you’ll be working in a patch that stretches from the edge of the excitement and attractions of London through the intellectual hotspot of Cambridge and on in to the scenic delights of East Anglia.

Ben Hawkins joined the Trust after being rushed to hospital with meningitis and being impressed by the care and professionalism of the paramedics and other clinicians.

Once he was fully recovered, he volunteered as a community first responder and is now building a career in the ambulance service. He mostly works as a call handler in our Bedford emergency operations centre. However, through the spring he has assumed extra responsibility – working for 12 weeks as a despatcher of non-emergency ambulances at Peterborough.

He said: “This is very much a development opportunity for me.

“It’s important to learn all the aspects of the ambulance service if you want to go into management – which I would like to do. It’s about building team relationships.”

Rita Bains was working as a nurse when her regular contact in A&E with paramedics and emergency medical technicians gave her a feel for the ambulance service. She completed a foundation degree in paramedic science and worked on both an ambulance and in a fast response vehicle.

After a brief return to nursing, Rita is now a team leader with our Enhanced Clinical Triage Team.

Describing her role, Rita said: “I have an overview of any calls waiting for an ambulance response, and deal with any clinical queries from the emergency operations centre staff or from clinicians based in the clinical hub.  I also manage a team of clinicians - nurses, paramedics and emergency care practitioners - across the three emergency operations centres within the Trust.

“The best part of my job is knowing I have made a very nervous patient feel at ease by getting the right help for them.

“My daughter is inspired to become a paramedic and every time she sees an ambulance she says: ‘Mummy used to drive ambulances and I want to help people too.’

“I am extremely lucky to be working with a management team who are very supportive in realising our potential and continually encourage our professional development. Recently, I completed a black and minority ethnic leadership course with the NHS Leadership Academy. This helped me develop skills so I can progress into leadership. I’ve also recently completed an in-house management course.”

We want to hear from you if you are working in any of the following professions – or if you’d like to join our apprenticeship and training schemes that allow you to earn while you learn:

  • Paramedics
  • Emergency care support workers – and apprentice emergency care support workers
  • Patient transport drivers and ambulance care assistants
  • Call handlers
  • Emergency medical technician
  • Corporate and support roles in areas such as HR, finance and communications.

You can see all our current opportunities on NHS Jobs at https://bit.ly/2H01id3.

 

Our Norfolk Recruitment Team will be attending the Norfolk Skills and Careers Festival being held on 6th -7th March at the Norfolk Showground.  More information on this event is available on the Norfolk Showground website - https://norfolkshowground.rnaa.org.uk/events/norfolk-skills-and-careers-festival/  

  • Summary:

    Great healthcare requires great staff. That’s why we are doing everything we can to recruit committed, skilled people – and  to make sure we support our new and existing employees so they choose to stay with us.