New chief for South Central Ambulance Service

David Eltringham has been appointed Chief Executive Officer at South Central Ambulance Service. He starts his new role in March 2023. For the last four and a half years David has been working as Managing Director at George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust, Nuneaton, one of three District General Hospitals that make up the Foundation Group. Prior… Read more »

Ambulance staff to strike on 21 and 28 December

Two days of coordinated strike action by members of the GMB, UNISON and Unite unions involving 10,000 ambulance staff across nine trusts in England and Wales have been confirmed. The Health and Social Care Minister told Sky News that the unions have said that ambulance workers will still respond to cover life-threatening conditions. The Secretary… Read more »

Firefighters converge on Westminster as they ballot to strike over pay

Over 2,000 firefighters and control staff from across the UK assembled in Westminster on Tuesday to protest low pay after their strike ballot opened on 5 December.  MPs including Zarah Sultana and Jeremy Corbyn addressed the crowds inside Methodist Central Hall near Parliament Square, alongside FBU general secretary Matt Wrack and several FBU officials and… Read more »

New funding boost for ambulance volunteers in East Midlands

East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) Community Response team has successfully secured £607,000 in charity grants to launch new volunteer projects and fund defibrillators and electric vehicles across the East Midlands. NHS Charities Together awarded a grant of £509,000 with an additional grant of £98,000 coming from NHS England. These two Community Services Grants will be… Read more »

Suffolk confirms new Chief Constable

Suffolk’s Police and Crime Panel has confirmed the formal appointment of Rachel Kearton as Suffolk Constabulary’s Chief Constable. Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore presented his proposal to appoint Rachel following a robust recruitment process held last month. The panel unanimously supported the appointment. Rachel had been acting Chief Constable since the departure of former… Read more »

CMA requires NEC to sell parts of software business to restore competition

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has said that NEC, a software supplier to the emergency services, must sell some parts of its business after an in-depth merger investigation found that they could end up paying more for essential software in control rooms and for managing duty planning. NEC and SSS (previously part of Capita… Read more »

Proud to support the Excellence in Fire and Emergency Awards

This week sees the 8th awards ceremony celebrating excellence in the fire and rescue sector. Emergency Services Times and The Emergency Services Show are proud to support the Fire Magazine awards by sponsoring Emergency Services Collaboration of the Year. Five collaboration projects have been shortlisted and the teams will await the results at the awards… Read more »

New Chief Fire Officer for Shropshire

Simon Hardiman has been promoted to Chief Fire Officer for Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service and will take up the role in January. He succeeds Rod Hammerton who is retiring after seven years as Chief Fire Officer and a 30 year career in the fire and rescue service. Joining Shropshire five years ago, Simon is… Read more »