East of England Ambulance Service gains training accreditation
The region's ambulance service is leading the way in major incident training and how resilient it would be in a major emergency. The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) gained accreditation for its resilience training courses by the Institute of Civil Protection and Emergency Management (ICPEM), which is dedicated to international disaster studies and research.
The assessment process started last November and was extremely rigorous in its approach. Staff were tested on how they would cope given certain scenarios such as chemicals, explosions, etc.
EEAST provides the best courses in the UK, and its head of resilience and special operations, Robert Flute, said: 'Our department is proud of this achievement and EEAST is the first UK ambulance service to receive ICPEM endorsement for its portfolio of resilience training courses.
'The assessment process was extremely comprehensive and academically based.
'In times of change across the NHS, resilience is essential and we can offer command courses at all levels from operational to chief executive with the confidence that any participants will be able to demonstrate competence at the appropriate level.
You may also want to watch:
'Our next target is university accreditation of our command courses via the UEA of which negotiations are at an early stage.'
- 1 'I can't carry it' - Shock as plant starts growing eight inches a day
- 2 Aldi planning four new stores in Norfolk
- 3 Bungling car thieves dump £92,000 Range Rover
- 4 Norwich bar gets back licence after tearful appeal by owner
- 5 Woman hit with £900 vet bill after dog gets 'stoned' on park cannabis stash
- 6 Man in 20s drowned in country park lake
- 7 Body found in search for missing 87-year-old Margaret Smith
- 8 Potential for 30C today – but two days of thunderstorms on the way
- 9 Excitement as city pub reopens after 18-month closure
- 10 Shock as cleaner finds a snake in house