South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS) and London Ambulance Service NHS Trust (LAS) have established a partnership to look at potential efficiencies through projects like joint procurement of vehicles, equipment and IT systems.
The two trusts, which provide 999/111 urgent and emergency care services for about 16 million people between them, are also committed to working more closely together and learning from each other’s best practices.
Will Hancock, Chief Executive, South Central Ambulance Service, said, “We already work closely together with London Ambulance Service, including at incidents which happen on or near our boundaries, during large-scale planned events and major incidents. With ever-increasing demands on ambulance services across the country, such partnerships will be crucial to ensure that the improvements in patient care and experience, working environments for staff and innovations in service delivery can be delivered within our existing resources.
“Many of our residents in the South Central region commute into London daily to work. We would also, therefore, like to explore opportunities to improve patient care for that large body of people we share between our two services, for example, through closer working between our 111 and integrated urgent care services. People might call 111 during the day and have a face-to-face appointment booked for them nearer home when they return.”
Garrett Emmerson, Chief Executive, London Ambulance Service, said, “Our patients expect and deserve the best care we can provide and that means making every £1 of taxpayers’ money count. Our five-year strategy is improving the way in which we provide urgent and emergency care to people who live, work or travel in London in the most cost-effective way. And we know that to keep improving, we need to partner with the wider NHS – and that’s what this partnership is all about, working with and learning from our neighbours to ensure the best care for the 16 million people who live and work across London and the South Central region.”
South Central Ambulance Service covers Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire and Oxfordshire (as well as Sussex and Surrey for non-emergency patient transport services) and London Ambulance Service covers the 32 London boroughs.