The uncertain political landscape and widespread cuts have led to concern about the future of the National Health Service in the UK. In fact, there has, arguably, never been a better time to transfer your Military skills to a career within the NHS.
Ian Setchfield served 13 years in the RAF as a Sergeant in the Critical Care Air Support Team – retrieving and transporting critically ill servicemen and women around the world.
On Wednesday 7 September, South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS) mustered the Military for a special event where existing Military service personnel could find out more about the career opportunities on offer at SCAS and meet some of the Trust’s ex-Services staff who had swapped one uniform for the green of the ambulance service.
This was the first event SCAS held in conjunction with the Career Transition Partnership (CTP) – the Ministry of Defence’s official provider of Armed Forces resettlement – and was attended by around 20 people from across the armed Services. On hand on the day were members of staff from SCAS’ frontline emergency 999 service, the Trust’s non-emergency patient transport service, along with members of the education and recruitment teams.
The NHS is well known as a vast employer but it isn’t just medical staff that make up their number. There is a massive supporting cast behind the scenes which keep hospitals running smoothly and, perhaps most importantly, safely.
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