South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

Off By Ed Hanna

The Trust is proud to be associated with the Armed Forces Covenant. 

Everything we do at South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust is based on our values. Even a quick glance will tell you that they are very much aligned with the qualities and attributes that Service-leavers and Veterans are known to bring back home to the civilian workplace.

People with Military experience that want to continue to feel that same satisfaction in a job well done and sense of camaraderie, need look no further than the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust.

Trust Values include:

Respect and dignity: We value each person as an individual, respect their aspirations and commitments in life, and seek to understand their priorities, needs, abilities and limits.

Commitment to quality of care: We earn the trust placed in us by insisting on quality and striving to get the basics of quality of care – safety, effectiveness and patient experience – right every time.

Compassion: We ensure that compassion is central to the care we provide and we respond with humanity and kindness to each person’s pain, distress, anxiety or need.

Improving lives: We strive to improve health and wellbeing and people’s experiences of the NHS.

Working together for patients: We put patients first in everything we do, by reaching out to staff, patients, carers, families, communities and professionals inside and outside the NHS.

Everyone counts: We maximise our resources for the benefit of the whole community, and make sure nobody is excluded, discriminated against or left behind.

Commitment to the Forces Family
By signing the Armed Forces Covenant we are demonstrating our commitment to support our employees as Reservists and Veterans and becoming a Forces friendly employer, enabling us to benefit from the wide range of unique skills and experiences that Reservists and Veterans can bring to our organisation.

Becoming accredited with the Veterans Covenant Healthcare Alliance will enable us to work with other stakeholders in raising awareness and sharing best practice across the NHS and modelling the best standards of care for the Armed Forces community.

Joining the team
Our core operations focus is the delivery of emergency ambulance 999 services (A&E). We have 94 ambulance stations, three clinical control rooms, six air ambulance bases and two hazardous area response teams (HART) that cover an enormous area and serve a population of over 5.5 million people. 

We employ over 4,000 mainly clinical and operational staff (including paramedics, emergency care practitioners, advanced technicians, ambulance care assistants and nurse practitioners) plus GPs and around 2,785 volunteers (including community first responders, BASICS doctors, fire co-responders and volunteer PTS drivers).

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