Please attribute to a South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS
Foundation Trust (SECAmb) spokesperson:

“SECAmb is taking action to ensure it delivers the best possible
standard of education and training to current and future staff.

“Following a two-day Ofsted Monitoring Visit on 31 July and 1
August, which looked specifically at the Trust’s apprenticeship
training provision, it was found that the Trust had not made
sufficient progress in two of three areas inspected. This was the
first inspection of the Trust’s apprenticeship training.

“Following these findings, and those of a subsequent Peer Review
commissioned by the Trust, it is apparent that we need to take
action to ensure we are providing the very highest levels of
education and training.

“We have therefore decided to undertake a planned, six-week
closure of the Trust’s Clinical Education Department. This
temporary closure, beginning on 11 September 2019, will see a pause
in the delivery of most classroom-based learning and will allow the
Trust to undertake a thorough gap analysis before implementing
improvement measures.

“Following the pause, we are confident that, by working with
staff and utilising support from a range of external sources, we
will be able to resume delivery of a full programme of education
and training.”