Ambulance services are playing a crucial role in efforts to transform care and services across the country, but must be recognised as indispensable partners in local decision-making if a radical step change in care is to be realised, a panel of ambulance leaders has argued.
Often the one service with oversight of what is happening across multiple sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs), ambulance services are ideally placed to connect and convene local systems, bringing into the mix a wealth of clinical skills and experience of interoperable systems and integrated pathways.
A new podcast
, launched by the NHS Confederation and Association of Ambulance Chief Executives
(AACE), explores their role in transformation in detail, providing perspectives from a panel of local and national ambulance service leaders.
The 12-minute episode features the views of Lena Samuels, chair of South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust; Sarah Bolton, chair of the East of England Ambulance Service; and Hilary Pillin, a consultant at AACE.
In a wide-ranging conversation, led by the NHS Confederation’s Phil McCarvill, the panel share insights on how services have adapted ways of working to meet the needs of the evolving health and social care landscape.
Shedding light on examples of interoperable digital systems – including the Thames Valley integrated urgent care model
and work in the South East Coast to create a single care plan system
– the podcast also explores the unique position of these trusts, workforce opportunities and risks, and why ambulance services must be firmly at the decision-making table.
“Only when you’re in the conversation can you begin to play an active role in shaping services, but also helping to think about where we’re placing resources – and that includes the money aspect, too,” concludes Lena Samuels.
Listen to the podcast