This week, 15 paramedics and combat medical technicians from 16 Medical Regiment have completed an EEAST training package at Colchester’s Merville Barracks to prepare them to work on ambulances in partnership with NHS paramedics.
The partnership between 16 Medical Regiment and the East of England Ambulance Service (EEAST), will provide more frontline staff for life-saving care in Essex's ambulances, whilst giving military medics wider clinical experience. The military medics will be working alongside EEAST staff from this week onwards.
All military medics must do clinical placements with the NHS to maintain their qualifications, with 16 Med Regt personnel working at hospitals across Essex and Suffolk. Training covers vehicle and equipment familiarisation, advanced life support and dementia care.
Similar relationships between NHS trusts and military medical units are happening across the country and are the foundations on which the military’s ability to support the NHS, such as tackling the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, are built.