East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) Blue Light Collaboration Lead Wendy Risdale-Barrs has become Secretary of the National Ambulance Services Responder Managers Forum (NASRMF), a national body for volunteer life-savers.
Wendy has represented EEAST on the forum for the last two years, and is looking forward to the new role. She said, “This is a very positive role on a body that looks at best practice for community first responders and how to develop CFRs. It is a new challenge and an opportunity to help shape a nationally coordinated approach for the development and promotion of responders to provide the best patient care.”
As the service’s Regional Blue Light Collaboration Lead, Wendy has this year overseen the launch of co-response schemes with fire and rescue services, resulting in firefighters attending more than 350 patients in cardiac arrest in the East of England region since May.
The national forum meets quarterly to discuss issues relating to CFRs and co-responders and the promotion of defibrillators in communities. There are about 12,000 responders nationally, with 1000 in the East of England.
They are trained by ambulance staff to respond to medical emergencies such as cardiac arrests, patients with breathing difficulties, chest pain, allergic reactions, chokings and diabetes emergencies.