by Mark Chillingworth

CIO needed at London Ambulance Service

Nov 13, 2015
CareersGovernmentIT Leadership

The London Ambulance Service is looking for a CIO. Britain’s busiest emergency ambulance service is working with recruitment specialists Harvey Nash to place a CIO.

Part of the National Health Service (NHS), the London Ambulance Service is one of 10 ambulance trusts in the UK. The London Ambulance Trust is also the largest in the UK, serving the seven million people that live and work in the UK’s capital city.

The CIO will be providing information and technology services to 4500 staff at the London Ambulance Trust across 70 ambulance stations.

The London Ambulance Trust has been struggling with recruitment in recent years and some reports suggest it has over 400 vacancies across the organisation, which has led to it failing to reach government set targets.

From 2014 to 2015 the London Ambulance Trust recruited 175 paramedics from Australia.

In 1992 the London Ambulance Trust hit the headlines with a major technology problem failed to dispatch ambulances, which some reports claim led to between 30 and 45 deaths.  Since then though the London Ambulance Trust has not suffered any major problems.

As a public sector organisation the London Ambulance Trust CIO will need to work within the tight financial regime that has been enforced since the Conservative government came into power. The Chancellor of the Exchequer is expected to announce major spending cuts for the public sector on November 25, 2015. The Conservatives claim that the NHS is “ring fenced” and will not suffer from severe cuts. CIOs in the sector however say resources are at an all time low under the Conservative government.

To apply for the role of CIO at the London Ambulance Service contact by December 4, 2015.