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The National Ambulance LGBT Network was created in August 2015 with the purpose of bringing together all NHS Ambulance Service LGBT staff networks, as well as providing an overarching support body and promoting equity across the United Kingdom

Ben Barber

Ben Barber

'Let's Get Better Together' Programme Lead

Clinical Care Manager, North East Ambulance Service

Joining the Ambulance Service was Ben’s ambition from an early age, and his dream was realised in 2007 when he joined Yorkshire Ambulance Service is a dispatcher. During his six years working in the Emergency Operations Centre, Ben worked in a number of roles including training, and was instrumental in developing major incident training. In 2013 Ben moved to North East Ambulance Service and trained as Paramedic. Once again he worked in clinical development, and has recently returned to a more operational role as Clinical Care Manager.

Anyone who knows Ben will have noted his absolute passion for developing staff networks. Ben was a founder member of the Yorkshire Ambulance LGBT Network. During his time there he engaged with the Stonewall Health Champions programme and was instrumental in setting up the first involvement in local Pride events. In North East Ambulance Service Ben helped to relaunch the LGBT staff network and was quickly elected to be the Chair of the group. The Network helped to achieve a place on the Stonewall Top 100 Employer index, rating in 46th place in 2018-19, and has been nominated from a number of awards regionally and nationally.

Ben is an active member of the National Ambulance LGBT Network and is the Programme Lead for the 'Let's Get Better Together' initiative.