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London Ambulance Service recruits from abroad to fill gaps

London Ambulance Service recruiters have returned from a two-week campaign in Australia and New Zealand where they recruited almost 200 paramedics.

The campaign, No Ordinary Challenge, aimed to recruit 250 paramedics for the service, which at times needs to rely on temporary agency staff and private ambulance staff.

It was seeing a year-on-year increase in demand for paramedics in London and chose to recruit from Australia and New Zealand because skillsets and training were similar to UK.

Between 170 and 180 offers were made, mostly to Australians, who are expected to begin working for the service early next year.

London Ambulance Service director of operations Jason Killens told Recruiter: “The quality of the candidates we’ve seen has been very high with some exceptional candidates. They will be great for us and will really help us with the vacancy gap we are currently experiencing.”

A service spokesperson told Recruiter the service was considering targeting other countries in the future for such recruitment drives – Canada, for example.

They said a vast amount of emergency ambulance staff had also been recruited, though numbers could not be confirmed last night.

New recruits were offered help with visa applications, relocation costs and registration fees.

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