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28 Jul 2021

NatWest Group helps support over 200 London Ambulance Service apprentices

NatWest Group has agreed apprenticeship funding to help support over 200 London Ambulance Service (LAS) staff wanting to further develop their careers on the frontline.

The funding, made through the apprenticeship levy transfer scheme, will help pay towards apprenticeship courses at our Service for up to four years.

We offer a multitude of different routes for external and internal candidates to develop or start a career in healthcare. The Associate Ambulance Practitioner apprenticeship, which is open to external applicants, is a route to becoming an Emergency Ambulance Crew without any prior medical qualifications.

The funding from NatWest Group will help pay towards both the Associate Ambulance Practitioner and paramedic apprenticeship courses. Those enrolled onto the programmes will have the opportunity to learn new skills on the job, whilst working alongside qualified experienced clinicians, with the support from practice educators.

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A row of ambulances in an ambulance station from the rear with crews getting kit ready

22 Jul 2021

How you can help us help you as we experience significant demand

In the summer months, demand on our Service has risen significantly – at times to 7,000 and even 8,000 999 calls in a 24 hour period. A usual ‘busy’ day will see our 999 control room teams take around 5,500 calls.

Our teams are working extremely hard, often in very challenging circumstances.

To help us reach patients who need us as quickly as we can, please only call 999 if it’s a serious medical emergency. For urgent medical help when it’s not an emergency, please go to NHS111 online first.

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2 Jul 2021

London Ambulance Service appoints new Chief Executive

The Chair of the London Ambulance Service, Heather Lawrence OBE, has today announced the appointment of Daniel Elkeles as the Trust’s new Chief Executive. Daniel, who will join LAS on secondment on 16 August 2021, has significant experience in the NHS and healthcare, and is currently Chief Executive of Epsom and St Helier Hospitals NHS Trust, where he has served for nearly seven years.

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