The trust recently placed an advert on NHS jobs for band 3 ‘support workers (ECAs),’ to work on emergency ambulances across the region. The advert stated the trust would close the application process when they reached 300 applicants.
Following a meeting with the Deputy Chief Executive and the HR Director this week, the advert was withdrawn and the trust has made a commitment, in the spirit of partnership working, to change this recruitment to band 4 Student Technicians (nationally these roles are known as Associate Ambulance Practitioners).
Alongside the student EMT (Associate Ambulance Practitioners) pathway we understand the trust will continue to recruit and train student Paramedics, as well as recruiting direct entry EMTs, Paramedics and ECPs/CCPs.
We are also asking the trust to look at the development of our existing staff as a priority and to better support our HCRT staff, who raised concerns with us about the advert.
UNISON Branch Secretary