Latest report from inspectors says that in too many police forces, ‘the public is being failed’

His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services has published ‘Getting a grip’, which brings together the findings from the 2021/22 police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy programme – known as PEEL. Chief HMI Andy Cooke writes, ‘Put simply, too often and in too many forces, the public is being failed, either at the… Read more »

London Ambulance Service celebrates 75 years of the NHS

London Ambulance Service is joining the nation in celebrating the difference the NHS has made to millions of people’s lives over the last 75 years with a range of events and will display a historic Daimler ambulance outside the Waterloo Road headquarters, which entered service a few months after the birth of the health service… Read more »

Innovative PPE tracking startup wins award

Welsh based startup iTrackPPE has been named as the Innovative Startup of the Year at the Wales finals of the StartUp Awards 2023. iTrackPPE, set up by a former Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service officer, supports organisations in optimising their risk critical assets by providing real time tracking, management and modelled distribution… Read more »

Ofcom launches investigation into 999 failure

The regulator has confirmed that it is investigating BT following a UK-wide disruption to emergency call services on 25 June. Ofcom said that its rules require BT and other providers to take all necessary measures to ensure uninterrupted access to emergency organisations as part of any call services offered. They also require providers to take… Read more »

Ambulance chiefs set out role of ambulance sector in reducing inequalities

The Association of Ambulance Chief Executives has published a consensus statement that sets out a shared commitment to strengthening the role that everyone working in the ambulance sector can play in reducing health inequalities. Working with leaders of Integrated Care Systems (ICS), ambulance chiefs are seeking to support improvements across communities and identify opportunities for… Read more »

New training facility opens for Scottish Ambulance Service

Part of the Scottish Ambulance Service’s civil contingencies response programme, the new special operations training facility in Newbridge brings training and equipment logistics into a single new hub. The £1.5m facility will be used for a range of training exercises, including how to respond to major incidents, and also Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN)… Read more »

New Police Scotland chief announced

The Scottish Police Authority has announced the appointment of Jo Farrell as the next Chief Constable of Police Scotland. Jo has been the Chief Constable of Durham Constabulary since 2019. The announcement follows the news in March that the current Chief Constable, Sir Iain Livingstone QPM will retire in August 2023.  Martyn Evans, Chair of… Read more »

East Midlands Ambulance expands green fleet

With the help of the NHS Charities Together grant, East Midlands Ambulance Service has bought nine new electric vehicles to support its Community Responder scheme, bringing its fleet up to 17 vehicles in total. The investment in electric vehicles is part of EMAS’s goal to becoming net zero by 2040. It started investing in its… Read more »