Award winning system helping vulnerable patients

A new IT system which has transformed how the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) identifies and helps vulnerable patients, has won a national award. SWASFT teamed up with Exeter-based Iridium Consulting to create the Frequent Caller Management System (FCMS), which has won the Best Healthcare Management Solution category in the Health Tech…

New chief for South Central Ambulance Service

David Eltringham has been appointed Chief Executive Officer at South Central Ambulance Service. He starts his new role in March 2023. For the last four and a half years David has been working as Managing Director at George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust, Nuneaton, one of three District General Hospitals that make up the Foundation Group. Prior… Read more »

Ambulance staff to strike on 21 and 28 December

Two days of coordinated strike action by members of the GMB, UNISON and Unite unions involving 10,000 ambulance staff across nine trusts in England and Wales have been confirmed. The Health and Social Care Minister told Sky News that the unions have said that ambulance workers will still respond to cover life-threatening conditions. The Secretary… Read more »

New funding boost for ambulance volunteers in East Midlands

East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) Community Response team has successfully secured £607,000 in charity grants to launch new volunteer projects and fund defibrillators and electric vehicles across the East Midlands. NHS Charities Together awarded a grant of £509,000 with an additional grant of £98,000 coming from NHS England. These two Community Services Grants will be… Read more »

CMA requires NEC to sell parts of software business to restore competition

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has said that NEC, a software supplier to the emergency services, must sell some parts of its business after an in-depth merger investigation found that they could end up paying more for essential software in control rooms and for managing duty planning. NEC and SSS (previously part of Capita… Read more »

New approach to get patients the care they need more quickly

The East of England Ambulance Service Trust (EEAST) is piloting a new approach that will see patients getting the help they need more quickly. New ways of integrated working and new digital systems have been put in place to allow ambulance referrals to be sent directly to urgent care response services, such as ‘Hospital at… Read more »

New partnership for ambulance focused research

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust (YAS) and the University of Sheffield School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) have joined forces to develop and deliver ambulance-focused research to help improve patient care. Both organisations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding and are committed to improving services and creating research that benefits patients and the wider… Read more »

New tri-service community fire station opens

Theale Community Fire Station in Reading has been officially opened and is the third community tri-service station in Berkshire. The station has been operational since October 2021, with the official opening delayed due to Covid, and it provides improved training and welfare facilities for staff, helping to support the workforce of modern public services. The… Read more »