24 new volunteer Community First Responders join Isle of Wight Ambulance Service

The Training Lead at Isle of Wight Ambulance Service said, “The time and commitment people are willing to give our Ambulance service is truly humbling and we are extremely grateful indeed”

hands with blue latex gloves shaped into a heart

The Isle of Wight NHS Trust Ambulance Service is delighted to announce the recruitment of twenty-four new volunteer Community First Responders (CFRs).

Each new CFR will undertake the newly launched ‘FutureQuals’ level three Award for First Responders on Scene: ambulance service community responders qualification, at the Ambulance Training & Community Response Services training department.

Countrywide first
The first cohort started their CFR learning journey in August attending a four day foundation training course, with special COVID 19 measures in place. The Isle of Wight Ambulance service was the first in the country to enrol learners onto the new qualification.

They are joining an existing team of twenty-two CFRs and we hope the new recruits will be fully trained and equipped ready to attend life threatening emergencies as deployed by the Isle of Wight NHS Trust Ambulance Service by November/December this year.

On scene with a patient in just a few minutes
Volunteer Community First Responders (CFRs) use their own cars, no blue lights or sirens, but being local means they can be on scene with a patient in just a few minutes. They provide vital enhanced first aid skills until the arrival of the Ambulance Service, sometimes making the difference between life and death.

Community First Responders having their training

The increase in the number of CFRs across all areas of the Island will have a big impact on patient care and experience.

Walker: Time and commitment people are willing to give is truly humbling
Louise Walker, Ambulance Education, Training and Engagement Lead said:

“We are absolutely thrilled and very privileged to have such a large number of new volunteer CFRs joining our existing group of amazing CFRs.

“The time and commitment people are willing to give our Ambulance service is truly humbling and we are extremely grateful indeed.

“The value of having volunteer CFRs as part of our service is not be underestimated, we know that they really do make a difference to our patients”.


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Monday, 21st September, 2020 2:52pm

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5 Comments on "24 new volunteer Community First Responders join Isle of Wight Ambulance Service"

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alisonjane
What a very sad state of affairs when we have to rely on volunteers to make the difference between life and death! Surely the fact that the ambulance service are giving them training shows that we must be so short of staff to need 46 across the Island! I am in no way underestimating just how valuable they will be, considering the long wait for an ambulance… Read more »
chrissy2712

This has always been the Tory plan, I’m afraid.

longford

Wonderful news, but no substitute for adequate ambulance service provision on the IW

Fenders

Simply a mechanism for the NHS to pretend they are meeting their response times if someone is having a heart attack, when they are clearly not because they don’t have enough ambulance crews on duty for an island with 140,000 inhabitants

Patterson

They are currently paying ridiculous amounts of money hiring private ambulance companies from the mainland because the island doesn’t have enough of its own crews.

The whole thing is becoming a joke.