London Ambulance Service to recruit from abroad

13 February 2014

The London Ambulance Service (LAS) looks  worldwide to recruit the next set of paramedics for British shores; the service is currently facing a big shortage in the UK. The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has recently approved the LAS application to sponsor work visas for non-European paramedics to help tackling the national shortage of British paramedics. The permit allows LAS to sponsor 100 visas a year which will help to fill around 250 vacant posts in London.

Martin Flaherty, Managing director of the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives (AACE) said: “The national shortage of paramedics is affecting all trusts and AACE is working closely with Health Education England to improve the situation. Ambulance trusts are also having to think of ever more creative ways to recruit to vacant posts.”

Australia and New Zealand are prime locations for candidates fro the LAS as it is thought the skills and training of paramedics their closely match those in the UK.

London Ambulance Service (LAS) is facing scarcity of British paramedics in the UK. Martin Flaherty, Managing director of the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives (AACE) said: “The national shortage of paramedics is affecting all trusts and AACE is working closely with Health Education England to improve the situation. Ambulance trusts are also having to think of ever more creative ways to recruit to vacant posts.”

Mark Whitbread, Director of paramedic education and development, said: “While we are doing all we can to encourage people to consider para  medicine as a career, we are looking overseas to help bridge the gap.”

Once overseas paramedics are recruited, they will need to undergo a short conversion course enabling them to treat patients in the UK.

Source: (Evening Standard)