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Ambulance services: emergency or everything?
Rob Etall, a flight paramedic working in the NHS, looks at the chronically negative impact that becoming an extension of primary care, urgent care, social care, mental health and Google-search care is having on British ambulance services’ service provision and retention of staff. More via Emergency Services Times
UK Home Office says ESN procurement ‘on track’
Selection of a new vendor to replace Motorola Solutions as the supplier of software solutions for the much-anticipated Emergency Services Network (ESN) public-safety LTE system in the United Kingdom (UK) is “on track,” but a Home Office official declined to provide timetables for the procurement or the ESN launch. More via Urgent Communications
Yorkshire Ambulance Service launches new Research Institute
Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust (YAS) has launched a new Research Institute to strengthen the organisation’s ambition to lead and deliver ambulance research.
The Institute will focus on growing its research portfolio to address the needs of ambulance service patients, working across boundaries to ensure that patients are offered the best, evidence-informed care and benefit the communities that it serves. More via YAS
New Buckinghamshire fire chief responds to union criticism
Buckinghamshire’s new chief fire officer has said she “believes she can do the job” following criticism over her appointment.
Ms Harrison said she had the “right leadership skills and transferable skills”. More via BBC News
APCC welcomes government response to Fire Reform White Paper and consultation
The Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC) has welcomed the government’s response to the Fire Reform White Paper and consultation.
APCC Emergency Service Collaboration lead PFCC, Stephen Mold, said the association was looking “forward to working with government and partners such as the Local Government Association, National Fire Chiefs’ Council and HMICFRS and sharing our valuable experience of driving change locally and nationally to help the fire and rescue sector to deliver excellent services to local communities”. More via APCC
NEAS ambulance education team wins prestigious innovation award from NHS England
The education team at North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) has won the ‘Innovation Practice Placement of the Year Award’ at this year’s Enabling Effective Learning Environments annual conference with NHS England. More via NEAS
UK IC Postdoctoral Research Fellowships applications now open
Applications for the Government Office for Science’s UK Intelligence Community (IC) Postdoctoral Research Fellowships are now open.
“Outstanding early career science or engineering researchers” can apply for a fellowship, designed to promote unclassified basic research in areas of interest to the intelligence, security and defence communities, until 23 April 2024. More via Science & Technology in Policing
Avon firefighters protest cuts to 40 firefighters
Avon firefighters rallied outside a fire authority meeting in Bristol, protesting cuts to 40 firefighter posts and a ‘dangerous’ reduction to fire engine crews.
In October, Avon Fire Authority voted through proposals to cut 40 wholetime (full time) firefighter posts and reduce fire engine crews from 5 firefighters to 4 across the service. More via Fire Brigades Union