Published on : Tuesday, April 7, 2020
TUI Airways cabin crew have decided to support medical teams at NHS. The expertise and first aid training of the carrier’s cabin crew will be utilised in hospitals across the nation. The decision follows TUI U.K.’s support towards a new St. John Ambulance scheme planned to relieve pressure on the NHS to help to handle the COVID-19 spread.
TUI Airways flew last time the previous weekend and sent its final passengers home. All operations are now paused until the situation gets better and travel restrictions are lifted. More than 2,400 cabin crew are waiting to resume their work schedule again. Meanwhile, they are highly interested to use their skills in order to support the NHS.
Dawn Wilson, Managing Director, TUI Airways said in a statement that the carrier’s cabin crew are uniquely placed to support the scheme. He mentioned that their first aid training will be an advantage in the time of crisis. He also added that the cabin crew’s ability to keep calm under pressure, their empathy for people who need support and the tendency to put a patient’s welfare first would be the most important skills that NHS can use at the moment. He said that the plan could also be a job advert for TUI cabin crew who possesses all these abilities in abundance
The St John Ambulance COVID-19 volunteering program planned by TUI will place trained volunteers into essential NHS wards and departments around the U.K. These volunteers will support a range of tasks, such as caring for the elderly, basic monitoring of patients, transporting medication as well as maintaining cleanliness and hygiene. This would lighten the pressure won healthcare works that can now focus to deal with the coronavirus disease from the frontline. It will also help the NHS to run as smoothly as possible during the pandemic.
The two days training provided by St John Ambulance to the volunteers will complement the cabin crew training they have already undertaken. Jon Knight, Director, St John Ambulance, further added that the partnership with TUI will create opportunities for first aid trained staff to volunteer for St John Ambulance. They can support their local communities and reduce pressure on the NHS.