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West Midlands Ambulance Service call on former staff to re-join to help in fight against Covid

Sarah Mason 5th Jan, 2022

WEST MIDLANDS Ambulance Service is calling on former staff members to to come back to the NHS family as part of additional measures to help with increasing Covid-19 infections.

The West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust (WMAS) recruited hundreds of additional staff in both the control rooms and on the ambulances using funding provided by NHS England in the summer, but it wants to go further still.

Trust chief executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “We are once again, looking for any staff who retired within the last two years or are working in the private sector for the likes of events medical companies who would like to come back into the NHS family to get in touch.

“We are particularly looking for people who worked on an ambulance or in one of our control rooms to contact us.

“Across our country, we see the incredible efforts that so many people are going to, to help others, such as the ‘army’ of people vaccinating and ‘boosting’ Britain.

“There is no question that getting vaccinated and your booster is the best way we can tackle the Omicron variant.

“For those who have retired, I know how much the time you spent with us meant to you; many of you have told me that when we have spoken.

“I wouldn’t ask you to re-join if I didn’t think it was the right thing for the public of the West Midlands and our patients.”

Paramedic Rich Jones was one of those who answered a similar call in March 2020.

He said: “I saw the situation that the country faced then and with Omicron as it is, we all need to do our part to help the country.

“When I came back, I realised how much I had missed it.

“If you’ve ever worked for the ambulance service, you know how much your work means to patients.

“Coming back in this way means you can fit the shifts in around your ‘new’ life.

“I do it part time because it fits around my other roles.

“In fact, it works so well that I’ve stayed working part time ever since and would urge others who are in a similar position to give it a go too.”

Anyone interested in re-joining should email Recruitment Manager Louise Jones at louise.jones@wmas.nhs.uk in the first instance, letting her know your previous role.

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