St John Ambulance has joined the Independent Ambulance Association (IAA), having passed all vetting and background checks required for membership, including the requirements of the Care Quality Commission. St John Ambulance is assessed against the same criteria as UK Ambulance Trusts by the Care Quality Commission, including the additional checks required for those organisations providing a 999-emergency service.
Alan Howson, Executive Chairman of the IAA, said, “We’re absolutely delighted to welcome St John Ambulance as a member of the association. St John Ambulance enjoys an excellent and deserved reputation for providing ambulance and community-based services. Having participated in one of their National Operation Meetings I was struck by the dedication and passion of the staff to their work and their commitment to ensuring high standards of care and service delivery.
“As the largest independent ambulance provider in England, St John Ambulance brings a wealth of experience of ambulance provision and training standards, and we look forward to them playing a full role in the work of the Association going forward.”
Craig Harman, National Ambulance & Community Response Director, St John Ambulance, said, “As a national ambulance service, we understand the challenges of delivering ambulance care right across the country. Joining the Independent Ambulance Association enables us to share our experience and to work in partnership to drive continuous improvement in the services and care provided by ambulance clinicians. Working together will help us deliver on our strategic intent to drive standards in the independent ambulance sector and within event medicine.”