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Health Careers LIVE with South East Coast Ambulance Service

Want to know more about working as a paramedic in the NHS?

Health Careers LIVE are live streamed events that broadcast to thousands across the UK wanting to find out more about the different job roles within the NHS.

This live event  focused on the role of a parademic working at the South East Coast Ambulance Service. The live broadcast will feature Mark Wheeler, a Clinical Simulation Technician, who shared his story on how he became a paramedic for the NHS.

The live chat is always open next to the video player so feel free to leave us a question or comment and we’ll get it forwarded to Mark from the South East Coast Ambulance Service in advance of the broadcast.

Broadcast length 20 minutes

About the South East Coast Ambulance Service

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust is part of the National Health Service (NHS). We respond to 999 calls from the public, urgent calls from healthcare professionals, provide NHS 111 services across the region.

We cover a geographical area of 3,600 square miles (Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, West Sussex, Kent, Surrey, and North East Hampshire) We work across a diverse geographical area of 3,600 square miles which includes densely populated urban areas, sparsely populated rural areas and some of the busiest stretches of motorway in the country.

We have over 3,300 staff working across sites in Kent, Surrey and Sussex. Almost 90 per cent of our workforce is made up of operational staff – those caring for patients either face to face, or over the phone at one of our three emergency dispatch centres where we receive 999 calls.

Our patients range from the critically ill and injured who need specialist treatment, to those with minor healthcare needs who can be treated at home or in the community. As well as a 999 service, we also provide the NHS 111 service across the region (together with a partner)

http://www.secamb.nhs.uk

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  • Mark Wheeler

    Emergency Medical Technician

    In April 2000 following completing a BTEC National Diploma in Public Services, I joined Surrey Ambulance Service as a 999 Call Operator in the Emergency Operations Centre.  After a short time, I was promoted to Resource Dispatcher (responsible for sending the ambulance’s), within 18 months and continued in this role for 7 yrs.  During this time, I would also take on the role of Duty Supervisor, meaning that I would be in charge of that shift.  During this time, Surrey Ambulance Service along with Sussex and Kent Ambulance Services, joined to create South East Coast Ambulance Service.

    In 2008, I decided that it was time for a change.  I wanted to be able to do more, rather than just send an ambulance. I wanted to be there actually helping, so I trained as Trainee Emergency Medical Technician.  After my first year, I qualified as an EMT.  In this period, I have experienced many different and sometimes difficult situations.  Also some very rewarding situations, like where I have even been able to help deliver my own children through this training.

    For the past 18 months, I have ventured into a new side of the ambulance service.  I am now supporting the development of simulation training within the ambulance service.  Although, simulation has been used within the NHS for a number of years, It is a new venture for ambulance service, not just in South East Coast, but to all Ambulance trust.  Hoping this will help not only training new staff, but current staff as well, but offering refresher sessions, and making it as realistic as possible.

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