This week (22 July) London Ambulance Service is launching a campaign to recruit Northern Irish paramedics.
With a surplus of paramedics in the region, the Service is advertising vacancies tempting NI medics to come and work for the world’s busiest ambulance service.
London Ambulance Service’s Director of Operations, Jason Killens, said: “As the largest city in Europe and one of the most densely populated, there is never a dull moment and every single day is unpredictable. It’s fast paced, but nowhere else will you experience such diversity.
He added: “This month alone, we’ve treated patients at music concerts in Hyde Park, Tour de France which came through London and after a collision between a barge and a river bus on the Thames, and hot-weather related incidents amongst just some of our thousands of calls.”
The campaign, London, No Ordinary Challenge, aims to recruit frontline staff, including 250 paramedics and will be recruiting both in the UK and overseas.
Managing Director of the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives, Martin Flaherty, said: “The national shortage of paramedics is affecting all trusts and ambulance services are having to think of ever more creative ways to recruit to vacant posts.”
More paramedics are needed due to year-on-year increases in demand and because of a move to have more registered healthcare professionals overseeing the care of patients.
London Ambulance Service Paramedic, Josh Smith , 24, based at Pinner in Northwest London, said, “As a non-Londoner, I can vouch living and working in London is incredible and I’d recommend other paramedics to check us out. I couldn’t imagine working anywhere else after being on top of the Shard treating a patient suffering a heart attack.”
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