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Ambulance service launches new recruitment drive

The East of England Ambulance Service is planning to recruit 400 trainee paramedics. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire/Press Association Images

After hiring more than 400 student paramedics in 2014, the East of England Ambulance Service says it's aiming to recruit a similar number in 2015.

It's looking for candidates in the East Suffolk area in particular.

Student paramedics go through eight weeks of training in the classroom and three weeks of blue-light driver training before starting on the front-line.

It isn't rocket science...

...but it is brain surgery - and in that field, Cambridge can boast the brainiest surgeons of all...

In a list ranking more than 300 departments across the country according to their academic achievements, neurosurgeons at Cambridge University Hospitals - which includes Addenbrooke's - came out on top.

The Department of Clinical Neuroscience at CUH provides services for nearly 5 million people. Credit: ITV

The study was produced by the Journal of Neurosurgery. CUH puts the success down to the benefits of continued close links between the Trust and the University of Cambridge.

The Department of Clinical Neuroscience at CUH provides services for nearly 5 million people.

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Centre dedicated to helping young victims of sexual assault

One of the suites in the specialist centre to help young victims. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A new centre has opened in Suffolk to help children who are victims of rape and sexual assault.

The Ferns now has bespoke facilities tailored to reducing anxiety for younger victims and helping them and their families through the ordeal.

Since 2011, The Ferns has helped 951 victims of rape and sexual assault. Of those, 165 were aged between 13-17. 59 were 12 years old or younger.

Multimillion pound dementia research centre opens in Cambridge

A new multimillion pound research centre dedicated to developing dementia treatments is opening at Cambridge University today.

Dementia affects more than 800,000 people in the UK Credit: ITV News, Anglia

90 scientists will be based at the centre over the next five years, it's being funded by the Alzheimer's Research charity.

Dementia affects more than 800,000 people in the UK and costs the UK economy £23bn a year.

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