Fire chiefs set out plans to improve culture in services

The National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) has published its Culture Action Plan as part of its response to recent reports about bullying and harassment in fire and rescue services. The Action Plan forms part of a suite of products under the NFCC’s People Programme. NFCC Chair, Mark Hardingham, said that the intention of this work… Read more »

Refreshed National Risk Register ‘more transparent than ever’ says Minister

Following on from the publication of the Integrated Review and the National Resilience Framework, the Government has now published an updated National Risk Register (NRR). Aimed at resilience practitioners, business and academia, the refresh contains 89 acute risks that have a substantial impact on the UK’s safety, security or critical systems on a national level… Read more »

National roll out for Right Care, Right Person approach to mental health calls

Police forces across England and Wales will adopt a new approach called Right Car, Right Person to dealing with mental health calls as a new toolkit and national partnership agreement are launched. The National Partnership Agreement provides a framework for assisting police with decision-making about when they should be involved in responding to reported incidents… Read more »

Minimum Service Level Bill becomes law

New legislation means that fire and rescue services and ambulance services must ensure that a minimum service operates in specified services during periods of strike action. Now that the Strikes (Minimum Service Level) Act 2023 is on the statute books, the Government will launch a public consultation on the ‘reasonable steps’ unions should take to… Read more »

Pioneering treated water initiative in Wales

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service (MAWWFRS) is leading a pioneering initiative to use treated wastewater to tackle fires. In a first for Wales and through working in partnership with Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water and Natural Resources Wales, MAWWFRS is trialling the use of ultra-violet (UV tertiary) treated effluent water at fire incidents attended by the… Read more »

Men’s Wellbeing Network launched

East of England Ambulance Service has set up a new support network to help men talk openly about working in a frontline emergency service and the impact it can have on their mental health and wellbeing. Senior paramedics David Walker and John Hammond were among a group of staff who championed the introduction of a… Read more »

Independent review into North East Ambulance Service finds some staff ‘still frightened’ to raise concerns

NHS England has published an independent review into the alleged failures of patient safety and governance at North East Ambulance Service (NEAS). Dame Marianne Griffiths DBE was commissioned by NHS England to carry out a review in response to a whistle-blowing allegation revealed in the Sunday Times in May 2022.  The allegation was that NEAS… Read more »

Proud moment for paramedics as they complete degree level apprenticeship

The first cohort of East of England Ambulance Service (EEAST) staff to qualify as paramedics through a new apprenticeship degree programme with the University of Cumbria have been celebrated at a special ceremony after achieving ‘phenomenal results’. The group of 20, who graduate at the University of Cumbria later this month, were presented with a… Read more »

Police officers to access new online wellbeing training

The first tutorial in a comprehensive suite of online training on wellbeing topics is launched this week, produced by Me Learning for the National Police Wellbeing Service, Oscar Kilo. The course provides tools and techniques to help officers and staff to manage their wellbeing following assaults. The course is available online to anyone working in… Read more »

Stay safe along the coast

Coastal safety is set for an extra boost this summer with the official launch of ‘Stay Safe Along The Coast’ from National Coastwatch. Helped by funding from Trinity House, watchkeepers from 30 National Coastwatch stations have been trained to offer coastal safety information to members of the public. The National Coastwatch Institution is a voluntary… Read more »