Archives (2024)

15 February 2024

Trust’s response to national report into the culture of the ambulance service

We welcome the publication of this report as we continue to focus and improve our culture across a number of important areas. We are committed to ensuring that the work we have already started, including ensuring colleagues feel confident and safe in speaking up and in challenging inappropriate behaviours, is built upon. We recognise that there remains more to do to ensure SECAmb becomes the orga

12 February 2024

Chief Finance Office to take up new role in Blackpool

It’s been announced today (12 February 2024) that Saba Sadiq, Chief Finance Officer, will be leaving SECAmb shortly to take up a new Executive Director position at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Chair David Astley said: “I would like to thank Saba for her hard work and diligence during her time with us; this is a great opportunity for her, and we wish her well in her future ca

8 February 2024

Patient safety is the topic of our next patient community forum meeting

The Trust’s Head of Patient Safety will be speaking at our next community forum which takes place next week. Members of the public have an opportunity to find out more about the work we’re doing to improve the care and treatment we deliver to our patients at this virtual event which takes place from 10 to 11.30am on Wednesday, 15 February. Our Head of Patient Safety, Tam Moorcroft, will be talkin

16 November 2023

Mental health takes centre stage during event at Medway Hub

A visit from NHS England’s Patient and Public Voice Members group for mental health on Wednesday (15/11) provided valuable insight on how we can improve the care we give to patients. Hosted out of our new Medway Hub – home to our Medway Make Ready Centre, 999 control and 111 contact centre – the event was a first for the Trust. The group, which consists of patients and family members from a

5 October 2023

Annual Members’ Meeting 2023

A recording from the our annual general meeting is now available for those wishing to find out more about what the Trust achieved in 2022/23 and its aspirations for the future. The meeting was held at The Orchards conference facilities at East Malling in Kent, on Thursday, 14 September. Welcoming the public, colleagues and volunteers, it was an opportunity for the Trust to showcase some of the

3 March 2023

Industrial Action for Monday, 6 March, is postponed

Industrial action which was planned to take place at SECAmb on Monday 6 March 2023 has been postponed. Industrial action that members of GMB and Unite were due to take tomorrow has been stood down to allow for talks to take place with the government. We would like to thank all staff and public for their continued support during this time. Further information on action is available to the public

16 February 2023

Industrial Action on Monday, 20 February 2023

In the South East Coast Ambulance Service region, the GMB Union balloted its members for industrial action last year and met the legal threshold to take action. To date, industrial action has taken place on 21 December 2022 and on 11 January and 6 February 202. The GMB Union has announced further days of industrial action on 20 February, 6 March and 20 March. As with the previous day’s action we a

26 January 2023

Support for former paramedics to return to practice

The southeast branch of Health Education for England (HEE) has just launched a campaign to support paramedics, who may have taken a career break, back to practice. So if you are a former paramedic  or you know someone who may be interested in returning to practice, the HEE may be able to help them back into the service. In a collaboration between HEE, the University of Cumbria along with o

22 December 2022

Industrial Action Update

We continue to face significant pressure on both our 999 and 111 services, as we did prior to yesterday’s industrial action. Although yesterday was a challenging day for the ambulance service, our planning and preparation with NHS partners across Kent, Surrey and Sussex enabled us to ensure that we continued to respond to our most seriously and unwell patients. We would like to extend our particul

8 July 2022

Trust marks International Paramedics Day 2022

Today we are marking the incredible work done by paramedics around the world, including the fantastic 1,231 paramedics who work for us, as it is International Paramedics Day! For the first time, we are honouring the incredible achievements of paramedics around the world on Friday, 8 July – the birth date of Dominique-Jean Larrey, the man who is considered to be the father of modern-day ambulance s

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