26 January 2016
While many will be celebrating down under, the UK’s
busiest ambulance service is preparing to return to Australia to
recruit over 150 paramedics to work in London.
The recruitment events, planned for April 2016, follow several
successful visits and will showcase some of the
incredible things that London has to offer to international
London Ambulance’s existing Australian medics are also
encouraging others to join them in the Capital.
Paramedic Mitchell Hand, who moved to London following a
recruitment event in Sydney, said: “Australia Day is such a big
holiday back home, and despite being away, Aussies in London
certainly join in the celebrations. Day to day, London is a great
city to live and work – there’s always something to do, from
visiting some of the world’s most iconic sights to relaxing in the
Royal Parks across the city.”
Around 280 paramedics from Australia have already joined the
Service since recruitment began overseas in 2014, and a further 270
will begin their training between January – March of this year.
The latest plans to return are just one of the many ways that
London Ambulance Service is hoping to combat the national shortage
of paramedics in the UK.
The Service has also implemented a number of new initiatives to
develop paramedics from the UK, including a new education academy
which gives existing ambulance crew the opportunity to progress and
partnerships with Universities to ensure roles for graduate
Leading on international recruitment, Assistant Director of
Operations Natasha Wills said: “Our last recruitment events in
Melbourne and Sydney were so successful that we’re hoping to
attract even more paramedics to join us in London this time.
“Working in London is an experience like no other. As part of
the busiest ambulance service in the country, they’ll be dealing
with everything from cardiac arrests and road traffic collisions.
They will also have the opportunity to work at major events like
Notting Hill Carnival and London’s New Year’s Eve celebrations.
“There are so many different opportunities with London
Ambulance that you can’t get anywhere else, such as working on a
motorbike, cycle or car or for the hazardous area response team.
I’d encourage any Australian to come and make the most of their
career in London as a recognised paramedic – you won’t regret
More information about how to apply to work for the London
Ambulance Service can be found at www.noordinarychallenge.com
Notes to Editors:
Recruitment events will be held at:
- The Westin Hotel, 1 Martin Place, Sydney, NSW, 2000, Australia
from Monday 18 - Friday 22 April
- The Westin Hotel, 205 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
from Monday 25 - Friday 29 April
London Ambulance Service NHS Trust is the busiest emergency
ambulance service in the UK that provides healthcare that is free
to patients at the time they receive it. ·
We have over 4,500 staff, who work across a wide range of roles
based in 70 ambulance stations. We serve more than eight million
people who live and work in the London area.
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