Ambulance service pays tribute to its volunteers

Secamb volunteer charter SUS-150529-092917001

Secamb volunteer charter SUS-150529-092917001

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South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) is paying tribute to its volunteers with a week-long Tweetathon highlighting their contribution to the Trust.

The Tweetathon, which takes place during this year’s National Volunteers Week next week (June 1 to 7), will highlight the work of a particular core volunteer group each day under the hashtag #CheersSECAmbVolunteers.

We’re extremely grateful to every single volunteer we work with and we are committed to further building on these relationships with the backing of our Volunteer Charter.

Paul Sutton

Throughout the week SECAmb will highlight the work of its volunteer car drivers, community first responders, Trust governors, chaplaincy team and members of its Inclusion Hub Advisory Group, which is a group of 25 internal and external stakeholders responsible for advising on the planning and delivery of SECAmb’s involvement and engagement activity.

Earlier this year, SECAmb became the first ambulance Trust nationally to launch a volunteer charter.

The charter, which sets out the service’s commitment to its volunteers, was developed jointly by volunteers and staff and describes the principles that underpin the relationship between SECAmb and its volunteers.

Paul Sutton, SECAmb chief executive, said, “The time given and dedication shown by all our volunteers is of real value to the Trust.

“We’re extremely grateful to every single volunteer we work with and we are committed to further building on these relationships with the backing of our Volunteer Charter.

“All our volunteers contribute an amazing amount to us as a service and of course the wider community.”

SECAmb has 177 car drivers working for its Patient Transport Service. Between them they conveyed more than 100,000 patients last year

SECAmb has close to 700 community first responders working in 100 teams across its region of Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

In total CFRs attended close to 20,000 incidents in 2014/15, more than 1,000 of which were categorised as cardiac/respiratory arrests.

SECAmb has a team of 32 chaplains. A measure of their value to staff was revealed in a recent audit where, over the period of a month, 26 chaplains made 147 visits to SECAmb premises. It resulted in nearly 750 direct contacts with members of staff, dealing with a variety of personal and professional issues.

In 2014, Trust governors voluntarily participated in more than 110 meetings and events. That’s in addition to attending formal council of governor meetings, Trust Board meetings and committees.

Paul Sutton added, “The time given and dedication shown by all our volunteers is of real value to the Trust. We’re extremely grateful to every single volunteer we work with and we are committed to further building on these relationships with the backing of our Volunteer Charter.”

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