South Western Ambulance Service welcomes new CEO

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) has welcomed new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Will Warrender CBE (left). Will succeeds Ken Wenman, who retires, after more than 40 years’ service in the NHS. With over 30 years’ Royal Navy experience, Will has spent much of his time at sea, where he commanded five warships;… Read more »

Tech boost for London Ambulance Service’s volunteer response cars

London Ambulance Service vehicles have received a cutting-edge tech upgrade to help crews respond more efficiently in emergencies. The AppConnect software has been donated by Volkswagen, who are one of many businesses across the country to have supported NHS staff during the COVID-19 outbreak. Features include advanced navigation, a programme that analyses and improves driving… Read more »

New helipad opens at Royal Devon and Exeter hospital

A new helipad at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E) is now open, thanks to a £1m donation from the HELP Appeal – the only charity in the country dedicated to funding NHS hospital helipads. The hospital’s previous helipad was unable to receive night landings, but the new helipad is equipped with… Read more »

Ambulance service speeds up tracking of life-saving equipment

An ambulance service that receives a 999 call every 40 seconds has improved the tracking system of its life-saving kit. East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) operates 650 emergency vehicles and each carries vital equipment such as defibrillators. The RFID system, upgraded to operate under the Android-based platform, enables EMAS to improve equipment monitoring, maintenance and… Read more »

Welsh Ambulance Service appoints its first chaplain

Reverend Mike Shephard (left), from Carmarthenshire, has been appointed as the Welsh Ambulance Service’s first chaplain, to provide a ‘listening ear’ for the 3000-strong workforce and to provide pastoral care to colleagues and their families. The 73-year-old former probation officer joined the service in January, and quickly and inadvertently became a crucial source of support… Read more »

Connected ambulance demonstrator

The Health Living Lab at Westcott is a planned development that will house a range of communications technology integrated in demonstrator ambulances and care pathways more broadly. The aim of the Living Lab is to create a changeable environment where organisations can test new ideas and ways of working within the healthcare sector, to enable… Read more »

Paramedic programme offers vocational pathway to the front line

April saw the completion of the first ever HCPC-approved paramedic programme by a Qualsafe Awards approved centre, Medipro, with 14 successful candidates eligible to become HCPC-registered paramedics – several of whom have already gained their registration number and made their way to the front line. Qualsafe Awards and Medipro have been working on this award… Read more »

Welsh Ambulance Service publishes ambitious Strategic Equality Plan

The Welsh Ambulance Service has published an ambitious new plan to improve equality among its workforce and communities. The Trust’s Strategic Equality Plan 2020-2024 sets out its commitment to work with staff and volunteers to help them recognise and celebrate diversity. It also outlines how the organisation will ensure the people who use ambulance services,… Read more »