Archives (2024)

10 May 2024

International recruitment boosts SECAmb nursing numbers

A successful international recruitment campaign will see more than 20 nurses join South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb). The nurses will join a more than 60-strong nursing team working alongside paramedics to provide clinical advice to patients in SECAmb’s 999 and NHS 111 operations centres in Crawley and Gillingham. Following a worldwide recruitment campaign, SECAmb has

9 May 2024

Partnerships helping to deliver care at home and reduce hospital admissions

More patients across the region are receiving specialist care in their own homes instead of being admitted to hospital as the ambulance service continues to develop stronger links to multi-disciplinary Urgent Community Response (UCR) teams. Over the past year, South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) has been working in a phased approach with teams across its region, which

26 April 2024

Crawley cardiac arrest survivor thanks ambulance team

A Crawley man has been reunited with a number of the ambulance team who helped save his life a year on from suffering a cardiac arrest. Retired Health and Safety Officer, Dave Mortimer, 67, visited South East Coast Ambulance Service’s Make Ready Centre in Crawley this week to pass on his thanks in person for the team’s effort. Dave was accompanied by Nicky Carr and Steve Grant, who as an off-duty

11 April 2024

Father of three recovering from cardiac arrest after son’s miracle chest compressions

An Ashford father of three who suffered a cardiac arrest at his home in May 2022 has been reunited, alongside his family, with some of the ambulance team who helped save his life. Gerard Quinn, 59, from Ashford, Kent, was at his family home with wife Jenny, daughter, Elizabeth and son, Solomon when he collapsed on 29 May, 2022. After calling 999, wife Jenny was able to move Gerard to a safe space

4 April 2024

Emergency responders helping hundreds of patients

Two teams of volunteer Emergency Responders, (ERs), participating in a trial to understand how they can improve patient care, have responded to hundreds of seriously ill patients over the past year. The first team of responders began operating out South East Coast Ambulance Service’s (SECAmb’s) Ashford operating unit, in Kent, in February 2023, focussing primarily on the Romney Marsh area. The sec

26 March 2024

Annual cardiac arrest report – bystander CPR key to improving survival rates

The use of a defibrillator on cardiac arrest patients, prior to the arrival of ambulance crews, is vital in improving cardiac arrest survival rates, a report published today by South East Coast Ambulance Service, (SECAmb), shows. The report, which looks at out-of-hospital cardiac arrests attended by SECAmb between April 2022 and March 2023, reveals that if a defibrillator is used prior to its arri

25 March 2024

Help us manage demand this Easter

South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) is urging people use its services wisely and be aware of the demand both its 999 and NHS 111 services will face across the four-day Easter Bank Holiday weekend. SECAmb expects to handle up to 10,000 calls to its 999 service and in excess of 20,000 calls to NHS 111, a service it provides across much of its region (Sussex, Kent and Medway). By planning ahe

12 March 2024

Changes to our senior leadership team

As we continue to build and strengthen the leadership  of the organisation, we are making a number of changes to our senior leadership team. Executive Director of HR and Organisational Development, Ali Mohammed, will shortly be taking up a secondment elsewhere and we wish him well with this opportunity. We are pleased to share that Sarah Wainwright, currently Deputy Director of People & Workfo

12 March 2024

The Star Zone – our new digital Recognition Platform

On 31 January, we launched The Star Zone, our new digital Reward & Recognition Platform that allows our people to recognise and thank their colleagues through the use of e-cards. We’ve created a big library of animated e-cards for people to use, including introducing some special ‘limited edition’ ones to mark events like Chinese New Year and Ramadan! The Star Zone also allows leaders to prais

8 March 2024

Trust celebrates International Women’s Day

We were pleased to celebrate the role of women across SECAmb by hosting an event to mark International Women’s Day (8 March). The event, held on 5 March, and hosted by our Gender Equality Network, (GEN), provided an opportunity for colleagues to celebrate the achievements on female staff across SECAmb. Women now make up more than 58 per cent of our workforce. A significant increase on just 43 per

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