Monday 22nd December 2014 – 4.40pm – Chris Kowalik /Steve Parry.
Seventy ambulance paramedic graduates recently received university honours at ceremonies in Worcester and Coventry. It was a chance for family and friends to see their loved ones graduate. It was also an opportunity for West Midlands Ambulance Service to celebrate even more paramedics joining the frontline.
This year has seen the largest ever WMAS recruitment campaign with over 300 new frontline staff joining the service. With an increase in 999 demand recording up to a 10% increase year-on-year, the Trust has been hard at work to increase its frontline staffing numbers through the recruitment of university graduates and the training of existing staff to paramedic levels. The WMAS recruitment team have been kept busy placing adverts, dealing with almost 12,000 job applications, arranging selection tests and interviews and introducing new recruits to a career in the emergency services.
Another recruitment drive for 300 student paramedics has just begun. Since the advertisements appeared last week, the NHS Jobs website has received 7,583 views and 228 applications have been received. You can find details of the new student paramedic jobs here
Speaking about the latest recruits to the Trust, WMAS Divisional Manager – Service Delivery, Jerry Penn-Ashman, said: “Everyone at these ceremonies has worked hard to get their degrees and it’s nice to have family and friends present to celebrate their achievement. This is also a wonderful opportunity for WMAS to celebrate the efforts of those involved in recruiting so many staff and enhance our delivery of patient care to the communities we serve.”