What a year it’s been at Jigsaw Medical!
Unrivalled growth, new contracts nationwide, exciting event coverage, laughs, tears, and everything that comes along with being part of one of the UK’s leading and most innovative medical, clinical, and education companies.
2016 has been a been a particularly exciting year for our clinical division, as Jigsaw saw the expansion of its frontline services to additional parts of the UK resulting in the appointment of a brand new Area Operations Manager to cover the brand new operational base in Basingstoke bringing our locations to 7 around the country!
The Jigsaw Special Projects team went from strength-to-strength in 2016 with the awarding of brand new contracts.
Additionally, the team were delighted to receive the Armed Forces Covenant Silver Award under the government’s employer recognition scheme for support to the armed forces community.
The awards, signed by the Secretary of State for Defence and the Chief of the Defence Staff, are recognised as laudatory honours and aim to encourage employers to support Defence and inspire others to do the same.
Virgin Strive Challenge 2016
The events team had another prosperous year with numerous high-profile events around the country, and 2016 also saw #TeamJigsaw become a major sponsor of the fantastic Virgin STRIVE Challenge.
In 2014, Jigsaw provided the ambulances, medical staff, and equipment, whilst a 10-strong team hiked, ran, rowed, cycled climbed from London to the summit of the Matterhorn in Switzerland. The 2016 challenge picked up where the 2014 challenge ended and saw the core team of 25 (as well as several others) tackle a punishing 30-day journey from the base of the Matterhorn to Mount Etna in Sicily.
Obviously, it could only begin after a good luck message from the boss at the base of the Matterhorn (the big mountain in the background!)
— Jigsaw Medical (@jigsaw_medical) September 2, 2016
And the amazing individuals taking part completed it all whilst being looked after by Jigsaw’s amazing team of medics, physios, and doctors! Additionally, #TeamJigsaw’s very own Compliance Manager, Jan Pomfret completed the first cycle stage of the challenge. Jan cycled 750km (460 miles) up to an elevation of 7,740m.
And according to the statistics, Jan was hailed as Queen of the mountains after proving her mettle on the torturous climbs!!
SHE DID IT!!!!! #TeamJigsaw's Compliance Manager, Jan Pomfret has completed the gruelling 1st cycling stage of the Virgin #STRIVE Challenge. Congratulations to Jan from everyone at Jigsaw! And remember there is still time to donate to Jan's fantastic effort by clicking on Jan's fundraising page below… http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JanetPomfret #mindset #WeStrive #BigChange
The STRIVE involvement for 2016 culminated in Sam Branson and Noah Devereux visiting the new Jigsaw offices and giving a fantastic talk about the STRIVE and the charity Big Change…
2016 also saw the creation of the Jigsaw Medical FlexDesk! FlexDesk is a single point of access for ad-hoc or off-tender transport requirements for NHS Hospitals, CCG’s, GP’s and private healthcare institutions. We aim to provide a high-quality, customer-focused service which is entirely flexible and adaptable to your individual transport requirements.
Jigsaw has a team of standby crews, from routine patient transport crews, to specialist, dedicated transport teams and Paramedic-led high dependency units. This means we are able to respond quickly and appropriately, depending upon the patient’s clinical requirements.
Emergency Services Show 2016
In 2016 Jigsaw was also delighted to have showcased the company, for the first time, at the incredible Emergency Services Show with one of the largest stands at the show!
It was an incredible 2 days meeting new faces (and some old ones) that lead to many new people signing up to work or train with Jigsaw Medical across all of our divisions. Our Special Projects Defender was even picked as one of the ‘coolest’ emergency vehicles at the show!
New Head Office
As a result of the expansion of #TeamJigsaw’s services, Jigsaw Medical was delighted to announce that they relocated their head office to Ellesmere Port near the Cheshire Oaks Shopping Centre, from Portal Business Park in Tarporley, which remains a Jigsaw building for further ventures.
All of the teams that were located at Jigsaw House in Tarporley made the move to Ellesmere Port, however, given the extra capacity, we were able to position teams much more strategically within the different areas of the building, improving internal communication and therefore external efficiency.
The increased size and investment also means that essential office facilities and services have been able to be introduced that weren’t possible in Tarporley, such as an increased number of meeting rooms, a proper reception area, and a proper kitchen and dining area as well as other features.
As well as the Head Office teams #TeamJigsaw is also delighted to confirm that the Education and Training team will make the move from their training centre on Sealand Road in Chester to a brand new Training Academy in Ellesmere Port in early 2017, resulting in all aspects of the business being able to work harmoniously in the new facility.
New courses, new premises, and a new Director of Education and Training meant that the Education and Training team had an especially exciting 2016.
Amongst other courses such as a new Blue Light course and PHTLS course, the Emergency Services Show saw the launch of our brand new AAP course that will have its first intake in January 2017!
Additionally, Paul Jones joined the team in October and brings with him a whole host of skills and expertise that will facilitate new courses within the training division (for both internal and commercial use).
Paul has a particularly impressive CV; including as an NHS Paramedic Tutor, Programme Lead for a higher education Paramedic course, as well as authoring a number of publications and sitting on the Research & Development Committee at the College of Paramedics.
Jigsaw Medical Shop
The brand new jigsawmedicalshop.com was launched only last week and currently stocks a range of items from Lifesaving AEDs to First Aid Kits to Special Projects Tactical gear to branded #TeamJigsaw items such as hoodies and USB pens; with more items penned to be added in the new year!
And finally, as well as Paul above, 2016 saw a record number people of join #TeamJigsaw, of which there are too many to name individually, but as the boss, Chris Percival said back in 2014:
So there you have it. It’s been quite the incredible year! All that’s left to say is have a very merry Christmas and happy New Year from everyone at #TeamJigsaw, and we’ll see you in 2017 for another exciting year!