Want to find out more about your local ambulance service?

Come along to our annual meeting and find out more about working for an ‘Outstanding’ Ambulance Service.

West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust boasts the highest paramedic skill mix in the country. 2016-17 saw the service continuing to strive to ever better this skill mix by recruiting a large number of graduate and student paramedics. The Trust also introduced a new fleet of vehicles and completed the roll out of an electronic patient records system, alongside trialling other initiatives to ensure we get to patients as quickly as possible. 2016-17 was also an extremely successful year for our patient transport services, who were awarded two new brand new contacts.

These are just a few highlights from the year. To find out more West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust will be hosting their Annual Meeting on Thursday 27th July, along with a careers event for anyone interested in finding out more about career paths available within the Trust.*

The meeting will take place at The Academy, Dudley Road, Brierley Hill, DY5 1LQ. Doors will open for the careers event at 5.30pm with the main meeting commencing at 6.30pm.

The event provides an opportunity for members of the public to meet with the Board of Directors, representatives from Council of Governors and Trust staff.

Presentations will be delivered, providing an insight into how the organisation performed in 2016-17, including the Quality Account and financial statements. The meeting will also highlight the focus and challenges the service are facing for the current year.

WMAS Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “During 2016-17 West Midlands Ambulance Service was the only ambulance trust to be rated ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). I am incredibly proud of my staff and the volunteers who support us, for providing the best possible care to patients across the West Midlands.  Helping others is at the heart of everything we do and I am hugely pleased that the CQC saw a positive, patient centred culture within the Trust with hard working staff proud to work here and making a real difference to patients’ lives.

“I am delighted that the service was also recognised as being at the forefront of making improvements in how we deal with the ever-increasing number of emergency calls; we have recruited hundreds of paramedics, introduced of new vehicles and have trialled innovative ways to minimise the time patients must wait. We will continue to do everything possible to raise our standards further.  I would like to thank all of our staff and volunteers for their outstanding professionalism, continued dedication and hard work.”

WMAS Chairman, Sir Graham Meldrum, added: “Despite the challenges faced by the NHS and the heavy demands placed upon the ambulance service, the Trust continues to focus on patient care. It is an inevitable fact that, every single day, people will call 999 for help in their hour of need. These patients are receiving the highest standard of care and compassion from our staff as well as being provided with appropriate care in the right place and at the right time.  I am very proud of all of our staff who provide such an excellent standard of service.

“I would also pay tribute to the role that our Council of Governors has played.  They play a vital part in helping the Trust achieve some of its goals and have helped us to capture feedback from patients about their experiences of using our services.”

Anyone wishing to attend should email: foundationtrust@wmas.nhs.uk by Friday 21st July. Please title your email ‘Annual Meeting’.

Ends

* The careers event will host staff from emergency operations centre, paramedics, Trust Tweeters – Lucy Parrott and Sam Grimson, Ambulance Fleet Assistant information, Ambulance Service Fit Test, The recruitment team, Community First Responders – FastAid, Organisational Development and information about health and well-being volunteering opportunities.

Written by officialwmas

West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) covers a geographical area of approximately 5,000 square miles and serves a population of 5.6 million people living in Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Coventry & Warwickshire, Staffordshire and the Birmingham & the Black Country conurbation. The Trust has a total number of 4000 members of staff and uses 864 vehicles.

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