“I wholeheartedly endorse and acknowledge the significance of International Paramedics Day, organised by The College of Paramedics. This annual observance is a valuable platform to celebrate and recognise the paramedic profession locally and globally. In recent years, paramedics have made remarkable progress in their field, enabling them to specialise in various areas such as urgent care, primary care, intensive care, and community care. This diversification of skills has empowered paramedics to provide specialised and tailored healthcare services to those in need.

On our island, most paramedics fulfil their essential roles within the emergency ambulance service operated by St John Ambulance & Rescue Service, tirelessly serving our community with dedication and expertise. Additionally, we are fortunate to have a specialist paramedic working in Health and Social Care Community Services, highlighting the potential for collaboration and integration of services.

By forging strong partnerships with Health and Social Care, St John paramedics can play a pivotal role in alleviating the burdens placed on acute hospitals. Through the provision of community-based urgent care services, we can make a tangible impact on reducing the strain on hospital resources while ensuring timely and accessible healthcare for those who require it.

International Paramedics Day brings attention to the remarkable work performed by paramedics worldwide, showcasing their dedication, skill, and compassion. It serves as a reminder of the critical role they play in saving lives, providing emergency medical services, and promoting public health. It is also a reminder that paramedics are often supported by other ambulance clinicians and trained volunteers, all vital in providing our community with pre hospital care.”

Mark Mapp, Chief Executive Officer

St John Ambulance & Rescue Service

Posted: July 5, 2023