The relationship works the other way around too, and we also welcome military paramedics from Cumbria and Lancashire, who can work with us on honorary contracts.
They bring invaluable military experience to NWAS, and they benefit from working in the community with our expert frontline crews.
Shaun Tierney is an Advanced Paramedic who coordinates the Honorary Contract Programme explains:
“The army medics get vital clinical exposure at NWAS to a much wider cohort of patients than they do in the military, in turn they support us by helping to ensure our core resources are operational, with the right mix of clinical skills. In short they are expert planners, and have been invaluable as we have faced the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
There is another benefit too. Shaun explains: “One of the real rewards of the contract scheme is that NWAS has employed a number of paramedics after they have left the military, and this has provided us with clinicians who are highly competent and familiar with NWAS and its processes, values and behaviours.”
Scott Rutherford is a paramedic in the Army Medical Services based in Preston.
During the COVID pandemic, he has worked side by side with NWAS paramedics, EMTs and other NHS staff to provide emergency care as part of a frontline crew. This has given him valuable exposure to contagious and high-risk medical environments.
Says Scott: “I have learnt about the importance of PPE and effective decontamination procedures, and the effect they have on resources and operational output. Having this time at NWAS has been invaluable.”
If you are interested in knowing more about NWAS’ Forces opportunities, please email ArmedForces.Network@nwas.nhs.uk
*Please note, this image was taken before social distancing guidelines