New 999 control room for West Sussex and Surrey goes live

A joint emergency 999 combined control room for West Sussex and Surrey fire and rescue services went live on 4 December. Earlier this year West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service announced it would be moving to the joint system with Surrey Fire and Rescue Service. The new 999 combined control room only means a change… Read more »

Plans to build tri-service fire station in Theale get green light

Members of the Royal Berkshire Fire Authority’s (RBFA) Management Committee have approved plans for a new wholetime (full time) station in Theale, Berkshire. Theale will become a tri-service community station, offering a shared location for Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS), Thames Valley Police (TVP) and South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS). The new site,… Read more »

High performance PPE rolled out to 30,000 firefighters across the UK

A new high performance PPE kit has been rolled out to over 30,000 firefighters across the country as a result of a collaborative framework led by Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS). KFRS took the lead role of a joint partnership involving 11 other fire and rescue services in the UK, to source a modern… Read more »

Ledlenser shines a light on your HEROES

Ledlenser, a leading supplier of premium torches and headlamps, is looking to shine a light on Everyday HEROES with a new winter campaign. We all know someone who deserves something a little extra for everything that they do. Here’s your chance, with the help of Ledlenser, to call them or their organisation out and let… Read more »

Ambulance service ‘flu angels’ help vaccinate frontline staff

Two North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) ‘flu angels’ have been out and about across Cheshire and Merseyside on a decommissioned ambulance dubbed the ‘flu bus’ delivering vaccinations to busy ambulance staff. Paramedic Kelsey Morgan and Emergency Medical Technician 1 Sarah Jane Pettitt, along with help from Paramedic Debbie Stephens, have delivered around 140 vaccines so… Read more »

Mayor appoints new London Fire Commissioner

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has appointed Andy Roe as London’s new Fire Commissioner. Andy will take up the post as the head of London Fire Brigade (LFB) on 1 January 2020, following a comprehensive international recruitment process. He will be taking over from Dany Cotton who recently announced she would be stepping down… Read more »

East of England Ambulance Service appoints permanent Chief Executive

Following an external recruitment process, the East of England Ambulance Trust (EEAST) has named Dorothy Hosein as its permanent Chief Executive. Dorothy has been Interim CEO since joining EEAST on 1 November 2018 and has extensive experience as a senior healthcare leader. Before joining EEAST she also delivered quality, performance and financial improvements at a… Read more »

Welsh Ambulance Service appoints Director of Digital Service

The Welsh Ambulance Service has appointed its first Director of Digital Services. Andy Haywood, a former Royal Navy officer, has been appointed to shape and oversee an ambitious digital services strategy, which will support the delivery of patient care and improve the experience of staff. Andy joins the organisation from Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust, where he… Read more »

London’s Air Ambulance appoints new Medical Director

London’s Air Ambulance Charity and Barts Health NHS Trust have announced that Dr Tom Hurst has been appointed as the new Medical Director of the charity. Tom brings a wealth of expertise to the role. He is a currently a consultant in pre-hospital care with London’s Air Ambulance and a consultant in intensive care medicine… Read more »

Helping the public sector to buy digital services with confidence

Crown Commercial Service (CCS) is the largest public sector procurement organisation in the UK, with thousands of customers in a range of sectors. The organisation holds a privileged position. It is fortunate to have so many customers who are willing to offer feedback about its work so that CCS can learn and improve day by… Read more »