Medical Services: Latest from 2014

National Ambulance Clinical and Patient Safety Conference

03 October 2014 by David Harris, Director of Paramedic Services

This year’s National Ambulance Clinical and Patient Safety Conference is an event like no other as it provides delegates with an opportunity to get involved in debates that are currently shaping how and what paramedics do regarding patient safety. 

When considering going to the conference I wanted others in the organisation to be able to share with me the expertise that I knew and expected would be “on show” at this event.  I wanted our group of ECAs, currently in training at Aston University, to benefit from these experts sharing relevant presentations while on their development path towards becoming paramedics of the future.   

The conference agenda was packed with educational and insightful talks taken from real time experience.   Hearing someone share their experience is far more memorable than a text book containing equally important information. Professor Andy Newton, Consultant Paramedic and Director of Clinical Operations at SECAmb, gave the key note address and he was keen to ensure delegates understood why it was important to support the development of paramedics within the UK to support the increasing demand on the healthcare. He also made mention of the 3rd edition of the Curriculum Guidance published by the College of Paramedics which will allow Medical Services to continue to support staff striving to becoming paramedics in addition to those already qualified to commence further studies as a paramedic in advanced practice.

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The Commissioning Show 2014

27 June 2014 by Kevin Shire, Managing Director

As the walkways of the Commissioning Show 2014 started filling up I did wonder what new things this event would present us with as it is the only opportunity to talk to the entire health and social care sector.  A networker’s paradise.

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Beyond Compliance

06 June 2014 by An Margison, Director of Human Resources

Compliance is a challenge whichever industry you work in – it underpins all aspects of what we set out to do.  The risk is it’s seen as a tick box exercise and not a true way to manage process and behaviour effectively within an organisation.

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Driving Patient Transport Forward - 7th May, Birmingham

27 May 2014 by Joe Sheehan

It is easy to get ahead of yourself when asked to chair a national meeting whose subject is about trying to improve the system and sector we work in.  As I watch the audience starting to find their seats I remind myself that these people could easily know more about the PTS industry than I do. A sobering thought just as the meeting kicks off.

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CQC Inspections and MSL

29 January 2014 by Joe Sheehan

A number of clients who have worked with us since 2009 will have followed the initial consultation with the Department of Health on the merits of regulating the independent ambulance sector.  The outcome was that Non-emergency Patient Transport Services (NEPTS) should be a regulated activity and Ambulance Trusts and the private sector should have to comply equally with the Essential Standards of Quality and Safety.

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Out-of-hours Upgrade

29 January 2014 by Kevin Shire

Our senior management team have been implementing the first stage of changes to the out-of-hours services to assist with the pressures felt by the teams and to improve the patient experience within this service.  

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First Response

29 January 2014 by David Harris

After a very successful trial we will be launching a new service this month called First Response providing clinicians with additional resources to complete inter hospital transfers of High Dependency, Critical Care and paediatric patients as well as offering clients a repatriation service from all international airports.

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Training key to ongoing staff development

29 January 2014 by Joe Sheehan

In the world of continuing professional development (CPD) within the ambulance industry our staff compliment is an “asset” that needs nurturing with new and improved training that will allow them to develop as an individual that can, and in turn, play an active role in delivering key services to patients.

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