Annual Conference 2021 further plenary presentations
See the summaries of further plenary presentations taking place at our 2021 conference
Steven Scholes, North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust
Imogen Gunson, West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Tom Hughes, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Sophie Clark, London Ambulance Service NHS Trust
National Ambulance Data Set - pilot phase update
The Ambulance Data Set will standardise the collection and sharing of clinical data across ambulance services in the UK. This project has been making steady progress during Covid, and in 2021 will be in pilot phase. This update summarises progress to date and will outline the roadmap for testing and rollout.
By measuring ambulance care using the same framework as ED and SDEC the value of paramedic care will be clearly visible, and will inform research and future service development.
Richard Pilbery, Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust; Associate Lecturer, Sheffield Hallam University
The effect of a specialist paramedic primary care rotation on appropriate non-conveyance decisions (SPRAINED): a controlled interrupted time series analysis
Ambulance conveyance rates in UK Emergency Medical Services (EMS) are almost 70%, despite an increase in non-emergency cases. This increases emergency department workload and exacerbates rising ambulance turnaround times. Yorkshire Ambulance Service introduced a specialist paramedic (SP) role to try and address this, but non-conveyance rates in this group have not been as high as expected. In 2018, a nationally funded a pilot scheme to rotate paramedics into various healthcare settings was introduced. This aimed to create sustainable improvements in patient care, and presented an opportunity to further develop the decision-making of SPs. We will present the finding of a study that aimed to evaluate whether SPs who have rotated into primary care appropriately increased the level and trend of non-conveyance decisions in a cost-effective manner.