Welsh Ambulance Service unveils new training facility

The Welsh Ambulance Service has unveiled a new training facility, the Workforce Education and Development Centre, in Swansea. The new facility boasts an immersive training room, where simulation technology recreates real-life scenarios to put crews’ clinical skills to the test. It features 360-degree projectable walls, a scent dispersal machine and is temperature controlled to give… Read more »

South Central Ambulance Service launches first electric KIA emergency response vehicles

Two Kia e-Niro cars have been launched as the first fully electric emergency response vehicles by South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS). The two electric vehicles (EV) have been designed and adapted by South Central Fleet Services to contain all the equipment, medication and supplies to allow first responder paramedics from SCAS to… Read more »

VCS to produce new Volkswagen Crafter Dual Crewed Ambulance

Ambulance conversion specialist VCS has partnered with Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles to produce the UK’s first Dual Crewed Ambulance (DCA) based on a Volkswagen Crafter. Using VCS’s ultra-lightweight Core Capture technology, the Volkswagen Crafter promises to have an operational weight of less than 4.0T, without sacrificing the strength, quality and durability for which both brands are… Read more »

EEAST appoints new Chief Executive

Following a competitive recruitment process, the East of England Ambulance Service (EEAST) has appointed Tom Abell as its new permanent Chief Executive. Tom, currently Deputy Chief Executive at Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust, will formally take up his role in the autumn. Nicola Scrivings, Chair, EEAST, said, “Tom brings significant experience in the… Read more »

Avon’s firefighters show student paramedics the ropes

Avon Fire and Rescue Service (AFRS) has successfully delivered the second familiarisation training programme to the newest cohort of student paramedics at the University of the West of England (UWE), in partnership with the South West Ambulance Service (SWAST). The course aimed to provide an insight into the varied and technical responses that AFRS provides,… Read more »

South East Coast Ambulance Service appoints Executive Director of Operations

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) has announced the appointment of a new Executive Director of Operations. Emma Williams, previously SECAmb’s Deputy Director of Operations, was appointed on an interim basis when former Executive Director Joe Garcia retired but now takes on the new role following an extensive recruitment and selection process…. Read more »

Telent to support major communications refresh in ambulances across England

Telent has been awarded a major contract to upgrade the mobile communications devices in all 11 NHS Ambulance Trusts across England. The contract, which is managed by the NHS Ambulance Radio Programme (ARP), will allow for a more effective and reliable mobilisation communications platform, improving the ability to meet challenging response times for frontline ambulance… Read more »

Life on the front line with Wiltshire Air Ambulance during a pandemic

The gruelling challenges faced by air ambulance pilots and paramedics during the Coronavirus pandemic has been laid bare for all to see. A series of images have been released by Sony’s award-winning photographer Terry Donnelly, who was granted behind the scenes access at Wiltshire Air Ambulance.  One photograph shows marks adorning the face of critical… Read more »

Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance receives keys to new headquarters

The Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance (LNAA) has taken possession of its new headquarters, which is based on the A15 Sleaford Road, next to RAF Waddington. The new purpose-built home, which will see staff, crew, helicopter and critical care cars under one roof for the very first time, will provide a unique opportunity for the… Read more »