Ex-British Army Doctor Leon Roberts from Rutland is appointed senior doctor at East Midlands Ambulance Service
An ex-army doctor from Rutland who has served all over the world has been appointed the most senior doctor at East Midlands Ambulance Service.
Dr Leon Roberts, 41, who lives near Oakham , has been appointed as the services's medical director will be responsible for maintaining and improving the clinical standards off 999 care across the six counties the service covers.
The married father of two, said: "The best care happens when different parts of the the NHS work together, and I am keen to combine my primary care skills and knowledge with my pre-hospital and in-hospital experience to develop the most effective care pathways for patients.
"There are great opportunities to collaborate across the health and social care sector and I want East Midlands Ambulance Service to play a leading role, particularly when new technology can play a part in improving the way we assess and treat patients.
"I want to develop a culture where we develop things that work well but we are not afraid to look at things that haven't gone well and we learn from them - lessons learned and professional development are both part of the same process."
Dr Roberts, who also works as a critical care doctor with the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance, Emics and is a GP associate at Oakham Medical Practice, served with the Royal Army Medical Corps as a senior doctor.
He rose through the ranks to Lieutenant Colonel and his many tours of duty have included Sierra Leone, Belize, Uganda, Kenya, Canada, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Subject to East Midlands Ambulance Service meeting performance and financial targets,up to an additional £10 million in funding
will be made available that will build on investment in training andrecruitment of extra ambulance crews and replacement vehicles.
Dr Roberts added: "This is part of the long-term transformation of our ambulance service.
"We need people who want to be associated with East Midlands Ambulance Services, who want to be associated with East Midlands Ambulance Service and who want to stay at East Midlands Ambulance Service.
"We need to ensure that we have highly skilled staff and resource available to provide the swiftest and most effective responses to the most serious 999 calls - people with immediately life-threatening conditions."
Click HERE to read about some of his work with soldiers in Uganda.
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