Norwich recruitment day hailed a success

Date: 15 February 2019

Hellesdon Recruitment Day

A recruitment day to attract more people to work for the ambulance service has been hailed a success.

More than 70 people met with teams from the Ambulance Operations Centre and front-line crews in Hellesdon, Norwich on Saturday (9th February), which was set up to attract new recruits to apply to become call handlers, dispatchers, apprentice emergency care support workers, apprentice emergency medical technicians and student paramedics.

The fully booked event was attended by people looking to learn more about the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) and give potential applicants more insight to these rewarding but very demanding roles by hearing from to our staff who are doing the job, day-in day-out.

The day was split into three sessions with 25 people per group. Each group heard from a call handler, dispatcher, team leaders, the control room training team and a duty EOC officer, all who work and train our people in the control room.  They then heard from Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Mark Wibberley, about working out on the road, seeing patients, and how road staff work with colleagues in the control room.

On the day, attendees also got to listen to some 999 training calls to demonstrate the types of the calls we receive every day.

Attendees interested in front-line roles then had the chance to go into a break-out session and ask questions with Mark and his fellow EMT Alex.

Sarah Vicary, Duty EOC Officer at EEAST, said: “I was really pleased with the response to the recruitment day in Norwich. We originally planned two sessions but had to add a third due to the number of people of interested in coming along.”

“It’s encouraging to see so many people interested in joining us, and so important that our teams have the opportunity to talk to them about these jobs and what is involved.  It’s not always like it is on TV and it’s important people know what to expect”.

“Thank you to everyone who came along on the day. A special thank you must go to the EEAST team who delivered the event and shared their knowledge and experience of working for the ambulance service with those looking to join”.

Our next recruitment day will be held at Park Inn, Bedford on Saturday 23rd February. There is so booking necessary, so just drop in on the day and be prepared for a skills assessment and interview. 

  • Summary:

    A recruitment day to attract more people to work for the ambulance service has been hailed a success.