Think of the ambulance service and you’ll probably think of blue flashing lights and people in green. But there’s so much more to the service which is what North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust (NWAS) wants to showcase through their official Instagram account, @TeamNWAS.
So far the account has been in the control of staff from the frontline but next week, Beth Warburton, Resilience Officer, will be showing followers there’s more to the ambulance service than calling 999!
The Resilience Team is responsible for making sure that there are emergency and contingency plans in place at all times in order to make sure that the service is prepared for anything and everything, including major incidents.
As a resilience officer in the Greater Manchester area, a typical week could see Beth involved in the planning of big events in the area (such as Manchester Pride and Parklife), or facilitating training exercises to make sure the service is ready for some of the most demanding incidents, such as those involving hazardous materials, mass casualties or flooding.
Talking about taking over the account, Beth said: “I have been working for North West Ambulance Service for five years now, one of which I was seconded to the Cabinet Office in Westminster to support the development of the Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Programme.
“My job varies massively from providing training to colleagues, event planning and mass gathering site visits, to incident response, implementing lessons identified from previous incidents and attending exercises – all of which contribute to making sure that we are continuously providing the best response.
“Away from work I enjoy keeping up with fitness, photography and travelling – my next trip is a weekend away in Milan! I’m also studying at the moment, although I definitely don’t enjoy writing assignments!”
@TeamNWAS is the only UK ambulance service Instagram account run entirely by the workforce. Each week somebody different takes control of the account, giving followers a behind the scenes peek into what life as an ambulance service worker is all about.
NWAS employs almost 6,000 staff in over 300 different roles across the region. From paramedics, dispatchers and ambulance care assistants to 111 health advisors and urgent care practitioners – everyone contributes in one way or another to saving lives every single day and this is what the service hopes to share with the public.
Follow @TeamNWAS on Instagram to see Beth’s week in pictures starting on 12 March.