Alderney recruitment drive discovers some potential crew for island’s ambulance service

A RECRUITMENT drive has been launched in Alderney to find full-time emergency ambulance personnel.

Guernsey’s St John Emergency Ambulance, which is to take over the running of Alderney’s ambulance service in the new year, held a recruitment drive over the weekend. Left to right. Alderney States members Kevin Gentle and Alex Snowdon, chief ambulance officer Mark Mapp, Aimee Lihou, paramedic and head of St John quality and patient safety, and Matt Williams and Colin Hadley, the current off-island contract paramedics. (Picture by David Nash)
Guernsey’s St John Emergency Ambulance, which is to take over the running of Alderney’s ambulance service in the new year, held a recruitment drive over the weekend. Left to right. Alderney States members Kevin Gentle and Alex Snowdon, chief ambulance officer Mark Mapp, Aimee Lihou, paramedic and head of St John quality and patient safety, and Matt Williams and Colin Hadley, the current off-island contract paramedics. (Picture by David Nash)

Guernsey’s St John Emergency Ambulance Service has been commissioned by the States of Alderney as the new provider of the northern island’s ambulance service.

This weekend it held a recruitment event in a bid to find crew for both emergency and non-emergency situations. There was some interest from islanders.

The move for Guernsey to manage the Alderney service followed a review of ambulance provision and an extensive consultation period involving St John and the States of Alderney and Guernsey.

The Alderney ambulance service will operate as an extension of the Guernsey service, under the clinical governance framework and leadership of the St John Emergency Ambulance Service with training and development opportunities aligned to the Guernsey operation.

St John takes over the service at the beginning of 2023 and the States of Alderney is covering all costs.

‘We look forward to delivering a professional ambulance service for the island, we are committed to supporting community growth and resilience, and it is hoped that the majority of operations will be underpinned by on island staff and volunteers,’ said Mark Mapp, Guernsey’s chief ambulance officer.

Alderney’s ambulance service was previously a voluntary operation and when that ceased it was temporarily provided by ID Medical as a private ambulance provider.

The transfer of operations is currently being managed.

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