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Over a hundred appointed; dozens more to come

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: March 18, 2014

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For 137 people across the West Midlands, there has been good news coming through their letterbox recently.

That is the number of student paramedic places that West Midlands Ambulance Service has offered to the 1,100 people who applied for the role, with another 90 candidates still completing final assessments.

And there is more good news to come. The Trust will be re-opening the chance to apply later this year when it recruits a further 70 student paramedics, to increase the total number to some 280 student paramedics.

Recruitment Advisor, Louise Harris, said: “We were overwhelmed by the amazing response to the original advert. What was really pleasing was that we had applications from right across the region and from every community within it.

“As a service that goes out to every community, it is really important that we get applicants who represent the people we serve.

“The first group of 33 successful applicants will start their career with the ambulance service on 22nd April.

“Over the next 30 months, they will develop their clinical skills, learn to drive using blue lights and sirens and gain invaluable experience learning ‘people skills’, so that they can treat patients in their hour of need.

“We are very proud that the pass rate for the student paramedics is about 95% which is down to a lot of hard work on the part of the students and paramedic tutors, but also an extensive support network provided by the Trust such as the mentors the individuals will be working with.

“Later on this year, we will be recruiting a further 70 student paramedics as part of the Trusts commitment to have a paramedic on every vehicle. Although this is a major financial commitment, it is absolutely the right thing to do from a patient care perspective.

“I am sure each of the successful candidates will be elated but also a bit nervous. We’re looking forward to welcoming them over the next few weeks and seeing them develop over the coming years.”

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