Ambulance Services: Staff

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 7th June 2022.

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Photo of Tan Dhesi Tan Dhesi Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department has taken to (a) increase recruitment of ambulance staff and (b) ensure retention of ambulance staff for (i) the South Central Ambulance Service and (ii) UK wide ambulance services.

Photo of Edward Argar Edward Argar Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

In 2022/23, NHS England and NHS Improvement are allocating £150 million to support improvements to response times through retention and additional call handler recruitment. In September 2021, £1.7 million was provided for health and wellbeing initiatives for staff in England, including immediate welfare needs. The recruitment and retention of ambulance staff elsewhere in the United Kingdom is a devolved matter.

This funding has allowed South Central Ambulance Service to increase its recruitment of 999 call handlers. A working group has been also established to review the support provided to staff, such as raising awareness of counselling services.

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