An ambulance service has celebrated International Nurses’ Day.

The South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) recognised the 105 registered nurses working for the region’s ambulance service.

These nurses serve across the board in SWASFT, from senior leadership roles to on-the-ground ambulance nurses who directly face patients daily.

They also operate in the Trust’s Emergency Operations Centres, receiving crucial 999 calls.

Jane Chandler, Executive Director of Quality Patient Care at SWASFT, said: "I would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to all our incredible nurses for the invaluable contribution they bring to the Trust and our local communities every single day.

"Often people don’t associate nurses with working within the ambulance service, but as SWASFT’s Chief Nurse, I am proud that we have almost doubled the number of nurses employed by the Trust in a range of roles and settings over the last year, which demonstrates the value SWASFT places on the need for investment within nursing."

Celebrated globally on Sunday, May 12, this year’s theme is our nurses, our future, the economic power of care.

People interested in joining SWASFT as registered nurses can find career opportunities via the Trust’s website.