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Volume 38 No. 2<br />

<strong>April</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

DEDICATED TO THE AMBULANCE SERVICE AND ITS SUPPLIERS


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CONTENTS<br />

CONTENTS<br />

<strong>Ambulance</strong> <strong>UK</strong><br />

36 EDITOR’S COMMENT<br />

38 CASE STUDY<br />

Now Offering Apprenticeships<br />

40 NEWSLINE<br />

60 COMPANY NEWS<br />

COVER STORY<br />

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Vimpex Ltd. has launched the all new PAB MP1 Paramedic helmet to the <strong>UK</strong><br />

<strong>Ambulance</strong> Sector that’s been specifically developed to meet the stringent<br />

requirement of NHS <strong>Ambulance</strong> trusts in terms of full and complete certification to<br />

EN 16473 Safety Standard for Technical Rescue Helmets - the highest levels of eye<br />

protection - and wearer comfort and safety.<br />

This competitively priced and excellently designed product features a high quality dipped<br />

anti-fog eye guard and a 100% UV Stable Thermoplastic Shell, and is supplied with a<br />

free <strong>Ambulance</strong> helmet bag. With high quality pad printed trust decal on the front, very<br />

clear ‘AMBULANCE’ decal and NHS Logo to the rear, the product is available from our<br />

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The MP1 scores on all measures of safety, independent and verified safety certification,<br />

product availability and speed of supply.<br />

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Dr Matt House<br />

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EDITOR’S COMMENT<br />

EDITOR’S COMMENT<br />

Before I start this editorial, it would be remiss of me not to mention the retirement<br />

of an ambulance stalwart, and my co-editor, Sam English. Sam began his career<br />

in the then Lancashire <strong>Ambulance</strong> Service in 1988. He started in PTS, and later<br />

moved to the emergency side of work, and eventually becoming a Clinical<br />

Paramedic Tutor. Then under NWAS, Sam became one of the Country’s first<br />

Advanced Paramedics before becoming NWAS’ first Consultant Paramedic for<br />

EOC and then finishing his career with us as Chief Clinical Information Officer.<br />

AMBULANCE <strong>UK</strong> - APRIL<br />

“There<br />

appears to<br />

me from<br />

various<br />

sources<br />

that a lot of<br />

ambulance<br />

workers<br />

don’t feel<br />

valued<br />

at work<br />

now.”<br />

After a long and varied career, Sam now takes his well-deserved retirement, with his wife, Karen. I wish Sam<br />

all the best for his retirement from the ambulance service but know that he still has plenty of irons in the fi re,<br />

including as co-editor of this publication, so I’m sure we will still see Sam’s infl uence in years to come!<br />

Sam, like many of our generation has spent a career in the ambulance service. These days more people<br />

seem less likely to make the ambulance sector their career. Over the last couple of months, I have had a lot<br />

of conversations with managers and leaders within the service and with front-line crews. There has been a<br />

common theme to these talks, and that is about whether our people feel valued by the service they work for.<br />

There appears to me from various sources that a lot of ambulance workers don’t feel valued at work now.<br />

I think it would be fair to say that the whole of the NHS has undergone some diffi cult and challenging times<br />

recently and this might have something to do with the people feeling undervalued. However, I don’t think<br />

this is the whole story. Many of our people are of a generation that is far more career-mobile than we have<br />

seen in the past, and both the NHS and others are offering Paramedics a wide variety of opportunities.<br />

There is nothing wrong with that. To the contrary, it is excellent for the Paramedic profession. However, the<br />

ambulance sector needs to recognise this and work to make sure we provide the challenge, opportunity<br />

and development that means that our ambitious and motivated people see the ambulance service as a<br />

career in the same way that Sam did when he joined all those years ago.<br />

Dr Matt House, Co-Editor <strong>Ambulance</strong> <strong>UK</strong><br />

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please mention <strong>Ambulance</strong> <strong>UK</strong> as it will help us confi rm to the trade that we are reaching the right<br />

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like to thank the following companies for their support as without their contribution towards our print<br />

and postal costs this issue would not have been published - Blue Light <strong>UK</strong>, DS Medical, Ferno,<br />

Intersurgical, Ortus, Smarter Defibrillators, St John’s Western Australia, Synergy and Vimpex.<br />

Terry Gardner<br />

Publisher<br />

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CASE STUDY<br />

NOW OFFERING APPRENTICESHIPS<br />

Founded in 2008, MediPro is the largest independent provider of<br />

pre-hospital education in the <strong>UK</strong>.<br />

They have grown steadily over the last 15 years, but it was MediPro’s<br />

recent ability to offer apprenticeship provision in the pre-hospital care<br />

sector that has allowed for major expansion of their business.<br />

Today, they provide training to thousands of ambulance staff,<br />

paramedics, offshore medics and diver medics each year, helping their<br />

learners gain skills for life. To accommodate these learners, MediPro<br />

have expanded their number of training centres from one to three, with<br />

facilities located in Stockton-on-Tees, Newmarket and Dagenham.<br />

In terms of apprenticeship provision, their clients include NHS Trusts and<br />

independent businesses alike, including some of the largest ambulance<br />

services in the country.<br />

The apprenticeship training provision MediPro has to offer has<br />

already helped several organisations to attract, build and retain<br />

skilled, competent and patient-care-focused teams, whilst developing<br />

workforce skills that are relevant to these organisations.<br />

MediPro’s motto is `Education with a Purpose` and they believe in this<br />

wholeheartedly. The company work closely with employers to deliver a<br />

tailored training programme. By aligning themselves closely to employing<br />

organisations in the medical sector, they can provide a pipeline of talent,<br />

as well as qualifications that are accredited and genuinely useful.<br />

MediPro pride themselves on the quality of the service they provide.<br />

This includes considering individual learning needs, offering fair and<br />

consistent appraisal, and providing a supportive and safe learning<br />

environment where people are free to make mistakes and ask questions.<br />

A great example of the apprentice provision that MediPro can deliver<br />

comes from London <strong>Ambulance</strong> Service.<br />

MediPro were invited by London <strong>Ambulance</strong> Service to submit a<br />

bid to support their Trainee Emergency Medical Technician (TEMT)<br />

apprenticeship programme. After a competitive bidding process, they<br />

won the contract.<br />

London <strong>Ambulance</strong> Service is the only NHS provider to service the<br />

whole of Greater London, covering an area of 620 square miles,<br />

answering two million 999 calls a year and responding to 3,000<br />

emergencies a day. For London <strong>Ambulance</strong> Service, the TEMT<br />

apprenticeship pathway has been their biggest recruitment strategy to<br />

date.<br />

As part of their programme of learning, MediPro took the classroom to<br />

them, recruiting multiple clinical tutors and investing in mobile training<br />

vehicles to help deliver their high-quality training courses.<br />

MediPro can deliver training to cohorts of 40-100 learners because<br />

of their unique blended delivery model, with its mix of classroom and<br />

online supported learning. Because of this model, they were able to<br />

continue their education provision throughout the pandemic, minimising<br />

disruption to the training and talent pipeline.<br />

Their apprenticeship delivery was a joint approach with London<br />

<strong>Ambulance</strong> Service. They offered a customised approach, deciding on<br />

standardised assessment strategies and scope of practice. It worked<br />

exceptionally well.<br />

AMBULANCE <strong>UK</strong> - APRIL<br />

Medipro recognise that an excellent learning stretches beyond the<br />

physical, and they provided a lot of enrichment activities for their<br />

learners – they work with external agencies on a regular basis such as<br />

Transport for London, and London Fire Brigade to develop students’<br />

skills that they will need in real life. Developing the knowledge, skills and<br />

behaviours learners will take with them for a lifetime.<br />

In terms of success rates, across all their apprenticeship programmes,<br />

99.6% of MediPro learners successfully pass their End Point<br />

Assessment (EPA). Of those who pass, 58.5% passed with distinction,<br />

with another 29.4% passing with merit. 87.6% of learners also pass their<br />

EPA on their first attempt.<br />

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CASE STUDY<br />

Meanwhile, at London <strong>Ambulance</strong> Service, 350 apprentices under<br />

MediPro tuition were able to complete their qualification in 14 to 15<br />

months, rather than the standard 18. To date the end point assessment<br />

success rates have been: 34% pass with distinction, 57% pass with<br />

merit and 9% pass in their first attempt.<br />

This academic success is reflected in the positive feedback MediPro<br />

receives regularly from their learners.<br />

Chris Hewson took part in a recent upskill course MediPro delivered for<br />

AAPs at London <strong>Ambulance</strong> Service. This upskill course allows AAPs to<br />

further develop their clinical skills to become EMTs.<br />

“It can be daunting starting a new training course but from the first<br />

minute, we were made to feel welcome. The course was well structured,<br />

informative and full of useful information for transitioning into our new role.<br />

“The course was intense and there was a lot of commitment and hard<br />

work to be put in, but with the support of our trainers and our fellow<br />

delegates, we felt prepared to take on our written exams and OSCEs.<br />

“The pastoral care and the holistic approach taken was perfect for me<br />

as an individual to flourish in the learning environment.<br />

“The content of the course was informative and interesting and I feel<br />

that having completed the course, I am now equipped with the new<br />

knowledge and skills to transition seamlessly into my new role as a<br />

trainee emergency medical technician.”<br />

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NEWSLINE<br />

WAS<br />

Dill helps ambulance<br />

staff stay paws-itive<br />

The Welsh <strong>Ambulance</strong> Service<br />

“For the past six years, Dill has<br />

been, and still is, an operational<br />

search and rescue dog with<br />

SARDA South Wales, and she<br />

is a member of Central Beacons<br />

Mountain Rescue Team.<br />

engagement especially when<br />

connecting with young, elderly or<br />

vulnerable audiences.”<br />

Sgt Garry Botterill, Wellbeing and<br />

Trauma Support Dog Project Lead<br />

“I would like to thank Katie,<br />

Dill and the Welsh <strong>Ambulance</strong><br />

Service for being the first in the<br />

ambulance service to pilot this<br />

scheme and wish them every<br />

success.”<br />

has welcomed its first wellbeing<br />

and trauma therapy dog.<br />

Border collie Dill and Katie<br />

McPheat-Collins, Service Manager<br />

for the Emergency Medical<br />

Services across Central Wales,<br />

have become affiliated with the<br />

Oscar Kilo 9 (OK9) wellbeing and<br />

trauma therapy scheme, a <strong>UK</strong><br />

ambulance first.<br />

OK9 was launched in 2019 by<br />

The National Police Wellbeing<br />

Service, which aims to build on<br />

local police wellbeing dog services<br />

to make them available to all<br />

forces who wish to introduce a<br />

dog as part of their wellbeing<br />

provision.<br />

Dill has passed the assessments<br />

set by OK9 and achieved all of the<br />

criteria to become a wellbeing and<br />

trauma therapy dog for the Trust.<br />

Katie said: “Dill is a 10-year-old<br />

border collie, who was shared<br />

with me by a shepherdess, when<br />

Dill’s natural affinity to humans, not<br />

sheep, was identified.<br />

“However, her exceedingly gentle,<br />

calm nature and affinity to people<br />

lead to the recent assessment<br />

and subsequent role within the<br />

Trust.”<br />

Dill’s integration is part of a<br />

broader programme of work to<br />

improve the health and wellbeing<br />

of staff and volunteers, providing a<br />

furry addition to the wider toolkit.<br />

Katie continued: “We currently<br />

have police dogs affiliated to OK9,<br />

who visit stations and sites across<br />

South and North Wales, but there<br />

was a gap throughout the Central<br />

region.<br />

“With Dill, we are able to focus<br />

on Central Wales, where crews<br />

especially from the smaller satellite<br />

stations may not be on base for<br />

a number of hours, and therefore<br />

not have the shared benefit of a<br />

canine visit.<br />

“Dill’s support can be in the<br />

form of station visits to help with<br />

morale and stress, a presence<br />

during debriefs, or community<br />

with the National Police Wellbeing<br />

Service, said: “The OK9 scheme<br />

has proved to be extremely<br />

popular within the Police and<br />

Fire Service, and the number of<br />

Wellbeing and Trauma Support<br />

Dogs has grown to over 175 in<br />

the last 18 months.<br />

“We are delighted to welcome<br />

the Welsh <strong>Ambulance</strong> Service<br />

into the scheme, so that they can<br />

enjoy the many benefits of this<br />

structured, proven and effective<br />

wellbeing initiative.<br />

“All emergency services deal<br />

with traumatic events and highly<br />

stressful situations.<br />

“The Wellbeing Dogs help to bring<br />

some light relief to colleagues,<br />

especially following difficult<br />

incidents.<br />

“We have found they help people<br />

talk more openly, and as the<br />

handler is a peer support trained<br />

colleague, they listen effectively<br />

and can sign post to the<br />

appropriate support if needed.<br />

Dr Catherine Goodwin, Assistant<br />

Director Inclusion, Culture and<br />

Wellbeing, said: “Dill has already<br />

been warmly welcomed by<br />

colleagues and I am so grateful to<br />

Katie for undergoing this training<br />

and introducing a wellbeing and<br />

trauma therapy dog to Team<br />

WAST.<br />

“Staff and volunteers across<br />

Wales work extremely hard<br />

and it’s great to see wellbeing<br />

initiatives also reaching rural<br />

areas.<br />

“Our workforce is constantly<br />

pushed to the limit, physically<br />

and emotionally, as is the nature<br />

of ambulance work, so having<br />

access to a range of support is<br />

vital.<br />

“We have significantly expanded<br />

our occupational health and<br />

wellbeing service to get our<br />

remarkable people the support<br />

they need.<br />

“I look forward to seeing Dill at<br />

events in the future.”<br />

The Trust continues to explore<br />

other forms of animal therapy, to<br />

help staff and volunteers when<br />

they are having a ruff day.<br />

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Red Cross NI and<br />

NI <strong>Ambulance</strong><br />

Service launch new<br />

high intensity use<br />

programme<br />

Red Cross Northern Ireland and<br />

Northern Ireland <strong>Ambulance</strong><br />

Service (NIAS) has launched a<br />

new High Intensity Use (HIU)<br />

partnership programme at The<br />

Mount in Belfast.<br />

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NEWSLINE<br />

Funded by NHS Charities<br />

Together, the national charity<br />

caring for the NHS, the £188,000<br />

one-year pilot called ‘Interact’ will<br />

support vulnerable people who<br />

are falling through gaps in the<br />

system, resulting in regular access<br />

of urgent emergency care (UEC).<br />

The HIU programme, a successful<br />

model fi rst launched in Blackpool<br />

by Rhian Monteith and scaled by<br />

NHS England, will use a holistic<br />

health coaching approach to<br />

support people across the Belfast<br />

and the South Eastern Health and<br />

Social Care Trust areas.<br />

The service is for people whose<br />

current needs cannot be met by<br />

clinical services alone, people who<br />

may be isolated or experiencing<br />

health inequalities. Working<br />

closely with statutory partners, the<br />

Red Cross HIU team will advocate<br />

for what people need and seek<br />

to improve long term health<br />

and wellbeing outcomes and at<br />

the same time this will reduce<br />

pressures across UEC.<br />

British Red Cross are the <strong>UK</strong>’s<br />

leading provider of the HIU<br />

programme, but this is the fi rst the<br />

charity has launched in Northern<br />

Ireland and also the fi rst directly<br />

commissioned in the <strong>UK</strong> by an<br />

<strong>Ambulance</strong> Trust through NHS<br />

Charities Together.<br />

support, we can relieve pressures<br />

on the health and social care<br />

system – a win-win situation.”<br />

Dr Nigel Ruddell, Medical<br />

Director with the Northern Ireland<br />

<strong>Ambulance</strong> Service, welcomed<br />

this initiative saying: “NIAS has<br />

long recognised that there is a<br />

large cohort of patients who turn<br />

to the ambulance service for help<br />

on a frequent basis. Experience<br />

has shown us that understanding<br />

the issues these people face, and<br />

working with them to address the<br />

root cause of problems, provides<br />

a meaningful lasting solution<br />

rather than just a quick and often<br />

temporary fi x.<br />

“This has clear benefi ts for the<br />

patient, some of whom have<br />

credited the NIAS Complex<br />

Case Team with “turning their<br />

life around”, and helps to<br />

reduce demand on not just<br />

NIAS, but also busy emergency<br />

departments where these patients<br />

have historically ended up, but<br />

which are actually the least<br />

equipped to resolve their longterm<br />

issues.<br />

“We look forward to further<br />

embedding this work, and<br />

partnering with agencies such as<br />

the British Red Cross to help an<br />

even greater number of patients<br />

going forward.”<br />

i-gel ®<br />

has evolved<br />

= i-gel ® Plus<br />

British Red Cross Executive<br />

Director of <strong>UK</strong> operations Lisa<br />

Hollins said: “When a person<br />

is regularly seeking help and in<br />

crisis, it’s important to look for<br />

what is missing. Unmet social<br />

needs are often an underlying<br />

cause for physical and mental<br />

health decline and in these<br />

situations, clinical interventions<br />

may not be enough. The HIU<br />

Programme can bridge that gap.<br />

“We are immensely proud of<br />

our work in this space. The<br />

programme is unique, it helps<br />

people who have nowhere else to<br />

turn and as a by-product of that<br />

Ellie Orton OBE, Chief Executive<br />

of NHS Charities Together,<br />

said: “We are incredibly proud<br />

to fund this much needed<br />

programme, working with the<br />

brilliant teams at Northern Ireland<br />

<strong>Ambulance</strong> Service and Red<br />

Cross Northern Ireland. As well<br />

as helping to alleviate pressures<br />

on our overstretched ambulance<br />

services, Interact will offer a much<br />

needed new, holistic approach<br />

for those with complex health<br />

needs. Crucially it will help some<br />

of those in society who are most<br />

vulnerable and in need of support,<br />

and we look forward to seeing the<br />

difference it can make.”<br />

Quality, innovation and choice<br />

lnteract with us<br />

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NEWSLINE<br />

SECAMB<br />

HART paramedics<br />

to benefit from<br />

confined-space<br />

training facility<br />

of purpose-built confi ned-space<br />

training facilities at its Gatwick<br />

HART base, but the newly-fi tted<br />

out container will reduce travelling<br />

time and expense for Kent-based<br />

staff who previously had to travel<br />

to Sussex for such training.<br />

increases opportunities for joint<br />

working with other agencies at<br />

the site. It’s vital that our HART<br />

paramedics train regularly for this<br />

type of incident, so they are wellversed<br />

in how to bring treatment<br />

to patients safely in challenging<br />

SECAmb Estate Technical<br />

Manager, Paul Kent, who<br />

managed the project, added: “I’d<br />

like to thank West Sussex Fire<br />

and Rescue for donating the unit.<br />

I’m also pleased that we were<br />

able to use a local company to<br />

South East Coast <strong>Ambulance</strong><br />

Service’s (SECAmb) Hazardous<br />

Area Response Team, (HART),<br />

paramedics will benefit from a<br />

new confined-space training<br />

facility recently installed at their<br />

base in Ashford, Kent.<br />

The specialist container, previously<br />

used by and donated by West<br />

Sussex Fire and Rescue Service,<br />

has been repurposed to cater<br />

for the training requirements<br />

of SECAmb’s HART. HART is<br />

made up of teams of paramedics<br />

who have undergone additional<br />

specialist training to work and<br />

provide care to patients in<br />

hazardous environments.<br />

SECAmb’s HART have the use<br />

As well as providing the<br />

environment for confi ned space<br />

training the unit compliments the<br />

team’s Working at Height (WAH)<br />

training and can be integrated<br />

with a WAH rig to provide a<br />

greater number of training<br />

scenarios.<br />

The unit will also mean joint<br />

training with other organisations<br />

can take place at the Ashford site<br />

and allows the team to train to<br />

City and Guilds qualifi cation level.<br />

HART Operations Manager, Steve<br />

Dowdall, said: “The new training<br />

container is a really worthwhile<br />

facility to have at our Ashford<br />

base. It not only reduces the<br />

travel time for our teams but also<br />

environments.”<br />

Work to convert the container to the<br />

specifi cations required by SECAmb<br />

HART was carried out by local<br />

company LTR Welding Services.<br />

make the necessary changes and<br />

I would like to thank Lee and his<br />

team for all his help. The unit is<br />

a really benefi cial addition to our<br />

estate which will benefi t staff and<br />

patients.”<br />

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Registered deaths<br />

rose around 15%<br />

above average<br />

following ambulance<br />

strike, says expert<br />

A leading health testing expert<br />

says striking ambulance<br />

workers continue to maintain<br />

strong public support.<br />

However, new ONS data<br />

shows a noticeable increase<br />

in registered deaths over the<br />

five-day period following their<br />

11 January action.<br />

A new YouGov poll shows public<br />

support for striking ambulance<br />

workers is holding firm at 63%.<br />

However, a leading health testing<br />

expert says that there is potential<br />

reason for concern about the<br />

impact of the strikes. Government<br />

figures reveal a 19.5% rise in<br />

registered deaths over average<br />

levels during the week of the first<br />

ambulance strike this year.<br />

This increase was followed by<br />

an 11% jump over average the<br />

following week. That means a<br />

likely 15% spike in mortalities<br />

over expected levels during the<br />

mandatory five-day registration<br />

period for deaths, following the<br />

ambulance workers’ industrial<br />

action on 11 January.<br />

Dr Quinton Fivelman PhD, Chief<br />

Scientific Officer at London<br />

Medical Laboratory, says:<br />

‘<strong>Ambulance</strong> staff retained<br />

significant public support ahead<br />

of their scheduled strike on Friday,<br />

10 February. With a starting<br />

salary of just £27,000 for such<br />

a high-pressure job, there’s little<br />

wonder support for paramedics<br />

continues to be strong. However,<br />

Office for National Statistics (ONS)<br />

death registration figures, for the<br />

week ending 13 January and the<br />

week ending 20 January, show a<br />

significant increase in mortalities<br />

over the five-year average.<br />

‘Medical professionals have<br />

been anxious to establish if the<br />

ambulance strikes have had an<br />

impact on patient outcomes.<br />

While far from conclusive, this new<br />

data might be useful as one tool in<br />

helping to assess the effect of this<br />

industrial action.<br />

‘Around 2,600 ambulance workers<br />

were on strike on 11 January,<br />

including paramedics, ambulance<br />

technicians, emergency care<br />

assistants and other 999 crew.<br />

Action took place in the North-<br />

West, North-East, West Midlands,<br />

East Midlands and Wales.<br />

‘Looking at a <strong>UK</strong>-wide<br />

breakdown, there were 16,158<br />

deaths registered in England in<br />

the week ending 13 January, an<br />

18.8% rise above average for the<br />

time of year, and 1,183 registered<br />

deaths in Wales, a 28.7% rise<br />

above average. Similarly, for the<br />

week ending 20 January, there<br />

were 14,798 deaths in England,<br />

10.7% above average, and 974<br />

deaths in Wales, 15.3% above<br />

expected five-year levels.<br />

‘It’s perhaps relevant to note that<br />

at-home deaths in both England<br />

and Wales increased by 31.5%<br />

above average (there were 1,082<br />

excess home deaths) during<br />

the week ending 13 January<br />

and 28.7% above average (970<br />

excess deaths) during the week<br />

ending 20 January. This possibly<br />

indicates some complications or<br />

issues surrounding ambulance<br />

availability, although we must<br />

be careful not to draw any firm<br />

conclusions without further data.<br />

‘Other factors may also be at<br />

work in the increased number of<br />

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excess registered deaths above<br />

the five-year average. For example,<br />

Covid-related death registrations<br />

were 5.3% above average in the<br />

week ending 13 January and 4.9%<br />

for the week ending 20 January.<br />

Flu and Strep A outbreaks will also<br />

have played a part.<br />

LAS<br />

Autism Awareness<br />

Day: ‘I was placed<br />

in 27 different foster<br />

homes and only got<br />

my diagnosis as an<br />

adult’<br />

An ambulance medic who was<br />

placed in 27 different foster<br />

homes as a child, only received<br />

his diagnosis for autism as an<br />

adult because he never lived<br />

in one place long enough to be<br />

assessed when he was growing<br />

up.<br />

James Sweeney, 37, who has<br />

been an Emergency Medical<br />

Technician at London <strong>Ambulance</strong><br />

Service for seven years, lived a<br />

turbulent childhood having to<br />

move around 25 different foster<br />

families and two children homes<br />

across the Midlands.<br />

Because of the unrelenting<br />

upheaval, he had to start and<br />

stop his autism assessment many<br />

times and was instead often<br />

labelled as “naughty”.<br />

He was officially diagnosed only<br />

six years ago – when he settled<br />

down in Maidenhead with his wife.<br />

On this year’s World Autism<br />

Awareness Day (Sunday 2 <strong>April</strong>),<br />

James took the brave step of<br />

sharing his story, in the hope he<br />

might encourage other autistic<br />

people to never give up on their<br />

aspirations.<br />

He said: “I grew up being very<br />

frustrated. I remember feeling<br />

misunderstood by all my foster<br />

parents but one – a woman I now<br />

call ‘mum’.<br />

“Back then people simply used<br />

to say that I had ‘naughty boy<br />

syndrome’.<br />

“I had so many foster placements<br />

in so many different areas of the<br />

region and every time I started an<br />

assessment for autism I was rehoused,<br />

so it would have to start<br />

all over again.<br />

“When I got my diagnosis, I could<br />

finally understand why I am the<br />

way I am.”<br />

James said that the lack of<br />

understanding from his carers<br />

often left him feel like he had few<br />

chances to succeed in life.<br />

He said: “Being dragged from<br />

pillar to post is bad enough<br />

when you’re neurotypical, but<br />

for an autistic person it can be<br />

detrimental to their aspirations.<br />

“It often made me feel like I had<br />

no hope of leading a normal life.”<br />

But despite the major challenges,<br />

James never stopped striving for<br />

a future where he would make a<br />

difference in people’s lives.<br />

After leaving school, he trained as<br />

an advisor with a London charity<br />

that helps care leavers take their<br />

next steps in life.<br />

He then applied for an<br />

apprenticeship at London<br />

<strong>Ambulance</strong> Service and passed<br />

his exams to become an<br />

Emergency Medical Technician.<br />

He said: “While I enjoyed the<br />

unpredictability of the call-outs,<br />

I used to really struggle with<br />

being paired up with a different<br />

crewmate each day, and always<br />

having different shift patterns.<br />

“My management team have<br />

been excellent and they made the<br />

adjustments I needed.”<br />

James works on a flexible rota<br />

and can pick the shifts that best<br />

suit him and a crewmate he<br />

knows.<br />

He commented: “These<br />

changes have been vital to<br />

my working life because now I<br />

know what to expect ahead of<br />

time and feel more comfortable<br />

knowing my crewmates well.<br />

“As for many other autistic<br />

people, it can also take me<br />

longer to process difficult<br />

situations.<br />

“After attending particularly<br />

traumatic jobs, it can be<br />

exhausting to try to process<br />

those emotions all at once, and<br />

that’s why it’s important for me<br />

to have a close colleague next<br />

to me, who understands me<br />

and can give me quiet time.”<br />

James, who is now father to<br />

a two year old, said that he is<br />

incredibly proud of where he is<br />

today: “I had nothing. Now I’ve<br />

got an amazing family and a<br />

great job.<br />

“I work in the busiest<br />

ambulance service of the world<br />

– despite leaving school at 14<br />

with no qualifications.<br />

“I think I’ve worked ten times<br />

harder than I would if I wasn’t<br />

autistic or didn’t grow up in<br />

care. But if it weren’t for my<br />

past, who knows where I’d be<br />

now.<br />

“If I could speak to my younger<br />

self, I’d tell him: ‘explore your<br />

passions and don’t feel like you<br />

have to fit in with everyone else<br />

for the sake of it!’”<br />

He would encourage autistic<br />

people to consider a career in<br />

the ambulance service:<br />

“I didn’t think I could ever work<br />

to save lives, but here I am –<br />

absolutely loving my job.”<br />

Darren Farmer, London<br />

<strong>Ambulance</strong> Service’s Director<br />

of <strong>Ambulance</strong> Operations, said:<br />

“I’m in awe of what James<br />

has achieved – not only as an<br />

ambulance crew member who<br />

has cared for countless patients<br />

over the years, but also for<br />

the inspiration he provides to<br />

people going through similar<br />

challenges.<br />

“I’m glad he was able to turn his<br />

life around and it’s great to see<br />

that he is proud of that too. I<br />

would like to encourage anyone<br />

who aspires to work in the<br />

ambulance service to consider<br />

applying for a role with us.<br />

“We know that every person is<br />

different and may have different<br />

support needs. We will listen<br />

to you and strive to make the<br />

arrangements that will allow you<br />

to succeed and thrive.”<br />

London <strong>Ambulance</strong> Service<br />

welcomes diversity and looks<br />

for people from all backgrounds<br />

who care about making a<br />

difference. Last summer, LAS<br />

was named top NHS employer<br />

for apprenticeships in the<br />

country in the Department<br />

for Education’s Top 100<br />

Apprenticeship Employers 2022.<br />

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‘Fledgling’<br />

paramedics get<br />

their wings from<br />

‘stress test’ ahead of<br />

graduation<br />

The ‘Green Fledgling’ exercise<br />

was designed to ‘stress-test’<br />

the skills and knowledge of<br />

third-year paramedic students<br />

ahead of graduation this<br />

Summer.<br />

22 third-year paramedic students<br />

took part in a two-day exercise<br />

at Halton Training Camp near<br />

Lancaster in January, designed<br />

to put the students through a<br />

series of escalating scenarios, the<br />

likes of which they are likely to<br />

encounter upon qualification.<br />

Named ‘Green Fledgling’, alluding<br />

to the iconic colour of paramedic<br />

uniforms and the students’ level<br />

of experience, the exercise was<br />

designed to ‘stress-test’ the<br />

skills and knowledge of third-year<br />

paramedic students ahead of<br />

graduation this Summer.<br />

Cumbria Constabulary and<br />

Lancashire Fire and Rescue<br />

Service also participated, not only<br />

to test students’ clinical abilities<br />

but also to strengthen their team<br />

and partnership working skills.<br />

The Army supported the exercise<br />

by facilitating use of Halton<br />

Training Camp, near Lancaster,<br />

enhancing the realism of the<br />

scenarios greatly.<br />

Senior Lecturer in Paramedic<br />

Practice, Darren Moss said;<br />

“The aim of the exercise was to<br />

collectively challenge our soonto-be-qualified<br />

paramedics to<br />

demonstrate their leadership,<br />

clinical decision-making, patient<br />

assessment, and management<br />

skills while working together with<br />

the student police officers and the<br />

fire service.<br />

“This is the first time we have put<br />

our third-year student paramedics<br />

through such a gruelling series of<br />

simulations, and we have done it<br />

to prepare them for the future. We<br />

are very grateful for the support<br />

from Cumbria Constabulary and<br />

Lancashire Fire and Rescue<br />

Service. Their involvement really<br />

enhanced the authenticity of the<br />

day.”<br />

Cumbria Constabulary sent their<br />

latest cohort of trainee police<br />

constables and Lancashire Fire<br />

and Rescue sent two full crews<br />

including a specialist fast-flowing<br />

water rescue team to assist with<br />

proceedings.<br />

The exercise involved five<br />

‘scenarios’ where the third-year<br />

paramedic students were tested<br />

on progressively complex kinds of<br />

resuscitation.<br />

Simulations ranged from an<br />

assaulted pregnant patient with a<br />

sudden and unexpected birth, to<br />

a near drowning and a gunshot<br />

wound.<br />

The finale involved the simulation of<br />

a five-vehicle road traffic accident<br />

with 10 patients displaying<br />

traumatic injuries. Like in a reallife<br />

accident, the student police<br />

officers attended first, followed by<br />

paramedics and the fire service,<br />

who aided the extraction of<br />

casualties from the vehicles.<br />

The multi-faceted exercise has<br />

strengthened ties and understanding<br />

between professional services<br />

supporting the event.<br />

Cumbria Constabulary’s police<br />

constables were only a few weeks<br />

into their twenty-two-week training<br />

programme and attending gave<br />

the new recruits a taste of how<br />

police respond to such incidents.<br />

PC Sam Butler, of Cumbria<br />

Constabulary’s training team, said:<br />

“We’d like to thank the university<br />

for organising this event. Our<br />

student officers got a lot out of<br />

this, providing them with some<br />

good experience of what they<br />

might encounter in emergency<br />

scenarios.<br />

“They were also able to gain extra<br />

insight into how other agencies<br />

work and the event challenged<br />

them to work effectively as a team<br />

and communicate with partners<br />

for the good of the public.”<br />

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service<br />

participated in the exercise on the<br />

proviso that if a real emergency<br />

were called in, they would abandon<br />

the exercise to attend.<br />

Matt Armstrong, Station Manager<br />

at Lancaster Fire Station,<br />

Lancashire Fire and Rescue<br />

Service said:<br />

“We are grateful to the University<br />

of Cumbria for putting on a firstclass<br />

exercise which allowed our<br />

staff the opportunity to take part in<br />

a realistic scenario whilst providing<br />

experience to the student<br />

paramedics. The training allowed<br />

us to work in close conjunction<br />

with the police and paramedics.<br />

This will further develop our close<br />

relationships to help strengthen<br />

our response to incidents in the<br />

future.”<br />

In total, 45 student paramedics<br />

studying the BSc (Hons)<br />

Paramedic Science programme<br />

took part in the exercise at the<br />

end of January, including first-year<br />

students who played causalities<br />

and other supporting roles.<br />

This summer 22 paramedics<br />

on the undergraduate course<br />

will graduate from the University<br />

of Cumbria and will join the<br />

paramedic register to bolster the<br />

NHS workforce.<br />

The Centre for Excellence<br />

in Paramedic Practice is the<br />

principal provider of paramedic<br />

education in the <strong>UK</strong>. Based at<br />

The University of Cumbria, it has<br />

over 3000 students studying on a<br />

mixture of degree and professional<br />

qualifications, including the new<br />

paramedic apprenticeship scheme<br />

which is delivered in partnership<br />

with seven English <strong>Ambulance</strong><br />

NHS Trusts.<br />

SECAMB<br />

New ambulance<br />

centre to become<br />

operational in the<br />

summer<br />

A new multi-purpose ambulance<br />

centre is expected to become<br />

operational this summer. The<br />

South East Coast <strong>Ambulance</strong><br />

Service NHS Foundation<br />

Trust, (SECAmb) centre, in<br />

Bredgar Road, Gillingham,<br />

will consist of a Make Ready<br />

Centre, Emergency Operations<br />

Centre, (EOC), and NHS 111<br />

contact centre. It will be the first<br />

ambulance centre in the country<br />

to bring all three functions<br />

together under one roof.<br />

The first staff to move to the new<br />

centre will be field operational<br />

staff from the Trust’s Medway<br />

Operational Unit. From 5 June,<br />

ambulance crews currently<br />

starting and ending their shifts at<br />

Medway <strong>Ambulance</strong> Station in<br />

Chatham will, instead, start and<br />

finish at the new centre. They will<br />

then respond from ambulance<br />

community response posts across<br />

the region where there are suitable<br />

rest facilities for crews between<br />

calls and when on a break.<br />

Staff based in Sheppey will<br />

continue to start and end their<br />

shifts from the ambulance<br />

station on the island, which has<br />

undergone a major refurbishment<br />

and upgrade to provide new<br />

educational and training facilities.<br />

The road staff will be joined<br />

by colleagues from the Trust’s<br />

Ashford 111 contact centre from<br />

Wednesday 28 June, before EOC<br />

staff, currently based at the Trust’s<br />

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control room in Coxheath, will<br />

begin relocating to the new centre<br />

from Wednesday, 13 September.<br />

SECAmb’s Make Ready vehicle<br />

preparation and maintenance<br />

system will occupy the two lower<br />

floors while staff currently based<br />

at the Trust’s East 999 Emergency<br />

Operations Centre (EOC) in<br />

Coxheath and Trust NHS 111<br />

staff, currently based in Ashford,<br />

Kent, will benefit from modern<br />

open-plan offices above.<br />

Integrating both 999 and 111<br />

services is a key part of SECAmb’s<br />

strategy to deliver more joined up<br />

integrated care and to increase<br />

efficiency. The development will<br />

also bring the east of SECAmb’s<br />

region in line with its West<br />

Emergency Operations Centre<br />

(including NHS 111), based in<br />

Crawley, which opened in 2017.<br />

The new centre provides the Trust<br />

with greater control room capacity<br />

and provides greater resilience<br />

with the ratio of staff more evenly<br />

split between the Trust two EOCs.<br />

It will also bring local recruitment<br />

opportunities for people across<br />

both 999 and 111 services.<br />

SECAmb’s Make Ready system,<br />

which involves specialist teams of<br />

staff employed to clean, restock<br />

and maintain the Trust’s fleet, is<br />

already in place across much of<br />

the Trust’s region.<br />

SECAmb currently operates<br />

from 10 Make Ready Centres.<br />

The latest centre to open was in<br />

Banstead in May 2022.<br />

SECAmb Executive Director of<br />

Operations, Emma Williams,<br />

said: “I’m really pleased that we<br />

are getting close to the point<br />

that the new centre will become<br />

operational. Our current buildings,<br />

including our Coxheath office, are<br />

outdated and no longer adequate<br />

for our requirements. Bringing our<br />

999 and 111 services under one<br />

roof will ensure we further optimise<br />

functions between these services.<br />

“The new Make Ready system<br />

is more efficient and the new<br />

building will provide staff with<br />

access to modern facilities for<br />

training. We do understand any<br />

change has an impact on staff<br />

and we will continue to fully<br />

engage with everyone affected<br />

ahead of the move.”<br />

What is Make Ready?<br />

• SECAmb’s Make Ready<br />

initiative significantly enhances<br />

and improves the service it<br />

provides to the community.<br />

• It minimises the risk of crossinfection,<br />

frees up front-line<br />

staff – who traditionally cleaned<br />

and re-stocked ambulances<br />

– to spend more time treating<br />

patients, and keeps vehicles on<br />

the road for longer.<br />

• The initiative ensures that<br />

specially-trained operatives<br />

regularly deep-clean, restock<br />

and check vehicles for<br />

mechanical faults.<br />

• Make Ready Centres are<br />

supported by a network<br />

of <strong>Ambulance</strong> Community<br />

Responses Posts (ACRPs)<br />

across the area with staff<br />

beginning and ending their<br />

shifts at the new centre.<br />

• During their shifts, staff will<br />

respond from the ACRPs which<br />

will provide facilities for staff.<br />

These are located based on<br />

patient demand.<br />

• Crews continue to respond from<br />

the same towns under the system<br />

but begin and end their shifts at<br />

staggered times with a vehicle<br />

that is fully prepared for them.<br />

• The system ensures crews have<br />

access to improved training<br />

facilities and opportunities<br />

and increased support from<br />

managers.<br />

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NEAS<br />

Cardiac arrest<br />

survivor meets the<br />

ambulance workers<br />

who helped save his<br />

life<br />

A Northumberland grandfather<br />

who is enjoying a new lease<br />

of life after surviving a cardiac<br />

arrest last year has been<br />

reunited with some of the<br />

ambulance workers who saved<br />

his life.<br />

Chris Browitt suffered a cardiac<br />

arrest in bed at his home in<br />

Ellington in <strong>April</strong> 2022.<br />

Thankfully, his wife Alice was<br />

woken by the rasping sound and<br />

immediately dialled 999, where<br />

health advisor Charlotte Saul was<br />

able to talk her through CPR until<br />

the arrival of the ambulance crew.<br />

CPR is a key part of the chain of<br />

survivability for anyone in cardiac<br />

arrest, allowing oxygen to keep<br />

flowing and ultimately increasing<br />

a person’s chances of survival.<br />

Early CPR can more than double<br />

a person’s chances of survival.<br />

Charlotte was only four months<br />

into her role at North East<br />

<strong>Ambulance</strong> Service (NEAS) when<br />

she took Alice’s call and Chris<br />

was one of her first CPR calls.<br />

“Alice did an amazing job calling<br />

999 and doing exactly what I<br />

needed her to,” she said.<br />

“It’s so important that the caller<br />

listens carefully to what I’m<br />

asking and advising - I know it’s<br />

an awful situation to be in but<br />

I’m here to guide them through<br />

what you need to do while we<br />

get a crew to them, and I was<br />

with Alice the whole step of the<br />

way until the crew arrived to take<br />

over.”<br />

Alice said: “I didn’t know what<br />

to do but Charlotte was so calm<br />

and calmed me down so I could<br />

help Chris. She told me to start<br />

CPR and then talked me through<br />

it and supported me until the<br />

ambulance crew arrived, telling<br />

me when they were only two<br />

minutes away.”<br />

<strong>Ambulance</strong> dispatcher Hollie<br />

Hicks, who has worked within<br />

the dispatch team at NEAS for<br />

seven years, was responsible<br />

for ensuring all the resources<br />

reached Chris quickly.<br />

She said: “We have to act fast<br />

and find the closest possible<br />

resource to the patient and<br />

either divert them or try and get<br />

someone clear off another job, or<br />

from the hospital or off their meal<br />

break.<br />

“On this occasion, it was a really<br />

busy night and I only had one<br />

ambulance crew available so I<br />

went out to a general broadcast,<br />

which means we speak to all<br />

the crews over their radios and<br />

advise them we have a category<br />

1 call and where it’s located<br />

to see if anyone can make<br />

themselves available to assist.<br />

“Doing this, I managed to<br />

get a paramedic crew from<br />

Cramlington to also run up to<br />

the job and set the specialist car<br />

off from Newcastle. I was aware<br />

the run time for the specialist<br />

was quite long due to incident<br />

location but they are the most<br />

qualified resources for dealing<br />

with cardiac arrests so it would<br />

be beneficial for the patient<br />

that they attended, especially<br />

if the crew got a successful<br />

resuscitation, which thankfully in<br />

this instance they did.”<br />

Paramedic Louise Fawcus, who<br />

joined NEAS three years ago,<br />

was one of those first crews on<br />

scene.<br />

“Going to cardiac arrests we<br />

always talk through it as a team,<br />

how we are going to proceed<br />

once we arrive depending if we<br />

are first on scene or second,<br />

which helps everyone understand<br />

their roles and helps it run<br />

smoother,” said Louise.<br />

“Alice was very calm and made<br />

sure we had all information we<br />

needed to help her husband<br />

despite it being early hours and the<br />

fact her husband was so critical.”<br />

Working as a team, the crews<br />

managed to successfully<br />

resuscitate Chris, prior to the<br />

arrival of specialist paramedic<br />

Graeme Cutty.<br />

Graeme, who joined NEAS in<br />

2002 before qualifying as a<br />

paramedic in 2006, has been<br />

part of the specialist paramedic<br />

team since it launched at NEAS<br />

in 2019.<br />

Together, they provide additional<br />

clinical and leadership at an<br />

incident, and are able to improve<br />

outcomes for patients who are<br />

critically unwell.<br />

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He said: “When I arrived, Chris<br />

had already been successfully<br />

resuscitated by the crews, but<br />

was still critically unwell and<br />

unconscious. The crew reported<br />

that he had recently been<br />

diagnosed with some severe<br />

heart problems and had been<br />

informed by his GP that his<br />

outlook was “bleak”.<br />

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“I undertook an Ultrasound<br />

of his heart, which showed<br />

that the ventricles were not<br />

contracting as they should.<br />

I made sure that he was as<br />

clinically stable as he could be<br />

before rapidly transferring him<br />

to hospital, being aware that<br />

he was at high-risk of having<br />

a further cardiac arrest. I had<br />

to intervene and manually<br />

assist his ventilations enroute<br />

to hospital as his breathing<br />

deteriorated.”<br />

The retired geophysicist was<br />

placed in an induced coma and<br />

spent three days on life support,<br />

but has gone on to make a full<br />

recovery. The grandfather of<br />

Evie (12) and Esther (9) is now<br />

making the most of retirement,<br />

returning to an active life,<br />

which sees him enjoying family<br />

holidays with Alice and even<br />

taking up paddleboarding.<br />

Having seen fi rst-hand the<br />

difference it has made to<br />

them, Alice and Chris are now<br />

passionate about spreading the<br />

word about the importance of<br />

carrying out CPR.<br />

And, as he approaches his oneyear<br />

anniversary, he has now<br />

been able to meet back up with<br />

some of his life-savers to thank<br />

them.<br />

“I am so pleased that I have<br />

managed to maintain the healthy<br />

and active lifestyle following my<br />

cardiac arrest - all as a result<br />

of the excellent response and<br />

actions from the ambulance team<br />

and the care provided in the<br />

intensive care unit,” said Chris.<br />

Alice added: “I was initially<br />

told that he was unlikely to<br />

pull through so I am incredibly<br />

relieved that he has made a full<br />

recovery and is back doing all<br />

the activities he enjoyed prior to<br />

his cardiac arrest as well as new<br />

ones.<br />

“The ambulance team were<br />

amazing and we just wanted to<br />

be able to thank them all for the<br />

part they played in saving Chris’s<br />

life. We had already been able to<br />

thank all the hospital staff who<br />

cared for him but without these<br />

guys I wouldn’t have had the<br />

opportunity to do that.<br />

“It’s been wonderful to meet them<br />

all and to realise just how lucky<br />

Chris was.”<br />

“It’s great to know the outcomes<br />

of patients we take into hospital,<br />

especially when it’s positive and<br />

something as serious as this,”<br />

said Louise. “It’s nice to know<br />

he’s used this time after his event<br />

to travel enjoying living his life.”<br />

Charlotte said: “I’m used to<br />

taking consecutive emergency<br />

calls and have never had the<br />

pleasure of meeting any of those<br />

patients or their family, so to see<br />

him alive and standing in front<br />

of me laughing with Alice put a<br />

whole new perspective on my<br />

job.<br />

“I hope Chris and his family have<br />

a fab time celebrating his oneyear<br />

post-cardiac birthday in <strong>April</strong><br />

and wish them well on their future<br />

adventures.”<br />

Hollie added: “I’m over the moon<br />

that we were able to help Chris<br />

when he needed us and save his<br />

life and I’m really grateful to get<br />

to meet him. It’s nice to actually<br />

see the outcome of our decisions<br />

and work that we do on a daily<br />

basis in real life; it just goes to<br />

show how precious life actually<br />

is. I hope he lives the rest of his<br />

life to the fullest and enjoys every<br />

moment with Alice.”<br />

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HRH The Princess<br />

Royal unveils<br />

cornerstone for<br />

air ambulance<br />

charity’s new base at<br />

Alconbury Weald<br />

On Friday, 10th February Magpas<br />

Air <strong>Ambulance</strong> staff, clinicians<br />

and former patients welcomed<br />

HRH The Princess Royal to the<br />

site of the charity’s new base,<br />

to unveil a cornerstone for the<br />

new building which is mid-way<br />

through construction. The event,<br />

sponsored by Leonardo and<br />

supported by Special Aviation<br />

Services, had been postponed<br />

from September due to the<br />

funeral of Her late Majesty The<br />

Queen.<br />

The new, purpose-built airbase<br />

and headquarters at Alconbury<br />

Weald—being delivered by Lindum<br />

Group—will boast a dedicated<br />

state-of-the-art training centre to<br />

train the next generation of prehospital<br />

emergency doctors and<br />

paramedics; be equipped for 24/7<br />

operations with well-being and rest<br />

facilities for crew and clinicians;<br />

and provide new community and<br />

patient facilities on site.<br />

The charity’s new home is situated<br />

closer to the region’s major trunk<br />

roads, which will reduce vehicle<br />

dispatch times by up to 15<br />

minutes. This improved location<br />

that allows co-locating the<br />

charity’s operations and support<br />

staff—who currently work across<br />

two sites—will be more efficient;<br />

reducing charity overheads and<br />

improving environmental impact.<br />

HRH The Princess Royal became<br />

Magpas Air <strong>Ambulance</strong>’s Royal<br />

Patron after she visited the<br />

charity’s current operations base<br />

in February 2020, and heard<br />

about the pressing need for the<br />

service to find a new home. In<br />

2021, the charity’s 50th year of<br />

operations, she launched the<br />

Future 50 Appeal aimed at raising<br />

the funding needed to complete<br />

the building, with the unveiling of<br />

a cornerstone on Friday marking<br />

an important milestone in the<br />

development of the project.<br />

Speaking of the occasion, Daryl<br />

Brown MBE DL, the charity’s Chief<br />

Executive Officer, said “It was an<br />

honour to welcome our patron HRH<br />

The Princess Royal to the site of<br />

our new base at Alconbury Weald.<br />

After unveiling the cornerstone,<br />

which will become a treasured part<br />

of our building, we were delighted<br />

to hear a few words from The<br />

Princess Royal and see her passion<br />

for the service we provide, before<br />

welcoming her to a reception<br />

afterwards. Here, she met former<br />

patients, Magpas Air <strong>Ambulance</strong><br />

clinicians and funders of the project.<br />

“It’s incredibly exciting to see,<br />

what has been a plan for a very<br />

long time, finally come into a<br />

fruition—especially as the building<br />

has now reached the major<br />

milestone of being watertight—<br />

and we can see the charity’s new<br />

home really coming together.”<br />

The charity, which is funded by<br />

donations, has been careful not<br />

to divert income from running<br />

the day-to-day lifesaving service.<br />

As Lucy Chapman, Magpas Air<br />

<strong>Ambulance</strong> Director of Fundraising<br />

and Marketing explains,<br />

“We are extremely fortunate to<br />

receive fantastic support from the<br />

communities in which we work.<br />

As a charity, our service relies on<br />

donations from supporters and<br />

the public to raise the £6 million<br />

needed every year to operate and<br />

save lives 24/7, For this reason,<br />

we secured alternative and<br />

new sources of funding for the<br />

Future 50 Appeal. It’s fantastic to<br />

celebrate this important milestone<br />

in the project with HRH The<br />

Princess Royal, and we can’t wait<br />

to invite all our supporters to the<br />

new airbase once it is complete.”<br />

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Coventry University<br />

plays key role<br />

in South Pole<br />

expedition research<br />

A challenging expedition to the<br />

South Pole has given Coventry<br />

University researchers the<br />

chance to study the effects of<br />

prolonged strenuous exercise in<br />

some of the harshest conditions<br />

on earth.<br />

Those taking part in the expedition<br />

were subject to tests before<br />

and after the expedition, as<br />

well as being monitored during<br />

the journey via body sensors.<br />

The research could have many<br />

applications useful to both<br />

medicine and the military.<br />

The Inspire 22 team skied<br />

more than 900km in 47 days,<br />

setting out in the polar summer<br />

in December and returning in<br />

January.<br />

Consisting of men and women<br />

from both the military and civilian<br />

life, the nine-person team were<br />

challenged physically and mentally<br />

on their expedition, experiencing<br />

temperatures as low as minus 45<br />

degrees celsius.<br />

Although team members were<br />

provided with all the food they<br />

wanted, sustained polar travel<br />

meant they were operating in<br />

energy deficit – burning more<br />

calories than they ate.<br />

Despite some team members<br />

consuming up to 6,000 calories<br />

per day, everyone taking part lost<br />

weight through travelling vast<br />

distances pulling equipment and<br />

supplies.<br />

Dr Doug Thake, Associate<br />

Professor at Coventry University’s<br />

Research Centre for Sport,<br />

Exercise and Life Science, said:<br />

“This is all about understanding<br />

the human body when it is going<br />

through sustained periods of<br />

exercise whilst being in energy<br />

deficit. Our evidence suggests<br />

that such people’s metabolism<br />

is elevated at rest and changes<br />

in response to exercise when<br />

they are exposed to cold<br />

environments.<br />

“This kind of research with fit and<br />

healthy participants may help<br />

give us a better understanding<br />

of disease processes, such as<br />

cancer, where patients experience<br />

a negative energy balance and<br />

lose weight. It may give us greater<br />

insight into how those living in<br />

human disaster zones cope with<br />

conditions where they may be<br />

doing a lot of physical exercise but<br />

not getting enough calories.<br />

“Our role is to carry out tests pre<br />

and post expedition and we’re<br />

well set up to do that here – with<br />

our environmental chamber we<br />

can simulate temperatures of<br />

minus 25 to plus 50 and altitudes<br />

from sea level to the summit of<br />

Everest. Prior to the expedition<br />

the participants used the chamber<br />

to see how they could do things<br />

like pitch tents in extreme cold<br />

environments.<br />

“It’s great to be part of a<br />

collaborative project such as<br />

this, working with world-leading<br />

experts in the field.”<br />

Major Natalie Taylor, who led the<br />

military team on the expedition,<br />

said: “All the participants were<br />

given the choice to take as<br />

much or as little food as they<br />

liked. I chose to take slightly less<br />

because it is extra weight to carry,<br />

it’s not about whether you are<br />

carrying enough food, it’s about<br />

deciding on balance how much of<br />

it is worth carrying.<br />

“It is an inevitability on polar<br />

expeditions that people tend<br />

to enter calorie deficit and lose<br />

weight, however if you’re losing<br />

fat and not muscle for example,<br />

that’s not necessarily a bad thing,<br />

in fact you could argue that you’re<br />

actually getting fitter.<br />

“One of the most interesting<br />

features of the research for me<br />

was the use of sensors to take<br />

measurements when we’re out on<br />

the ice and the potential role in the<br />

military that could play.”<br />

Chris Imray, Visiting Professor<br />

at Coventry University and<br />

leader of the civilian team on the<br />

expedition, added: “We have<br />

undertaken previous research<br />

expeditions involving all male and<br />

all female teams but one of the<br />

issues with those studies was that<br />

it was difficult to compare how<br />

different sexes reacted, as the<br />

expeditions took place at different<br />

times with potentially different<br />

conditions. Having a mixed-sex<br />

expedition team gives us a much<br />

better understanding and this<br />

time we’ve also been able to<br />

take measurements during the<br />

expedition itself.”<br />

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International<br />

Women’s Day <strong>2023</strong>:<br />

London <strong>Ambulance</strong><br />

Service doubles<br />

number of women<br />

recruited to “highrisk”<br />

team<br />

London <strong>Ambulance</strong> Service<br />

(LAS) has doubled the number<br />

of women who are specially<br />

trained to work in the most<br />

dangerous environments,<br />

after a targeted recruitment<br />

campaign.<br />

Hazardous Area Response Team<br />

(HART) paramedics respond to<br />

patients in the most perilous of<br />

situations including fires, collapsed<br />

buildings, people trapped under<br />

trains or vehicles, people in water,<br />

or those in hard-to-reach places.<br />

HART are also trained to respond<br />

to chemical incidents, terror<br />

attacks and other high risk jobs.<br />

LAS has been so successful<br />

in recruiting women to HART<br />

that they are now sharing their<br />

approach and methods with other<br />

ambulance trusts across the<br />

country.<br />

Paramedics Rae Childs and<br />

Natalie Cole have over 10 years’<br />

experience with LAS between<br />

them but are new to HART. They<br />

still treat ill or injured patients but<br />

now face an extra challenge of<br />

responding to them in dangerous<br />

conditions.<br />

Rae said: “We’ve been going<br />

through a lot of training which<br />

includes working at height on<br />

scaffolding, off-roading utility<br />

terrain vehicles and water rescue.<br />

“It’s intense and challenging but<br />

I love it and I can’t believe I have<br />

the opportunity to learn all these<br />

new skills.”<br />

As well as being trained to use<br />

their life-saving clinical knowledge<br />

in hazardous environments, HART<br />

paramedics also spend time<br />

training alongside emergency<br />

service colleagues in the police<br />

and fire services.<br />

Natalie said: “We are working<br />

alongside some of the most<br />

elite and experienced units in<br />

the country. It’s taking us out of<br />

our comfort zones but actually<br />

it is so empowering to get this<br />

opportunity -knowing we are<br />

specially trained to help people in<br />

the most difficult, dangerous and<br />

challenging circumstances.”<br />

Previously the team of 98 HART<br />

paramedics only included 11<br />

women. That number now stands<br />

at 22 with more women already<br />

applying.<br />

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at LAS and HART paramedics<br />

are one of the specialties in her<br />

department.<br />

She has worked hard to improve<br />

diversity and said: “This has<br />

traditionally been a maledominated<br />

team – and this is true<br />

of HART across the country – so<br />

we made a deliberate effort to<br />

change that.<br />

“We held awareness days and<br />

encouraged female paramedics<br />

to come along and try out some<br />

of the training activities for<br />

themselves.<br />

“So rather than being intimidated<br />

by the gear, the uniform, the<br />

physical activity, when women saw<br />

an opportunity to apply, they found<br />

it a rewarding way to progress their<br />

careers. I would encourage any<br />

paramedic not to rule themselves<br />

out, but to give it a go.”<br />

LAS and Yorkshire <strong>Ambulance</strong><br />

Service were the first ambulance<br />

services to set up HART, in<br />

response to the 2005 London<br />

terror attacks.<br />

Their specialist training means<br />

paramedics can enter a “warm<br />

zone” – an area where there is<br />

a potential threat to life, such as<br />

an active terrorist attack – and<br />

NWAS<br />

Paramedic<br />

apprentices graduate<br />

and hit the roads of<br />

the north west<br />

Forty-seven newly qualified<br />

paramedics hit the roads across<br />

the region at the beginning of<br />

March with 11 more joining<br />

them at the end of the month.<br />

They are part of North West<br />

<strong>Ambulance</strong> Services’ (NWAS) firstever<br />

cohort of emergency medical<br />

technician (EMT) staff to study the<br />

paramedic apprenticeship and<br />

complete the course.<br />

The BSc (Hons) Paramedic<br />

Science (Apprenticeship) Degree<br />

was launched in February 2021 in<br />

partnership with Cumbria University.<br />

As apprentices on the programme<br />

are EMTs, it takes them just two<br />

years to complete compared to<br />

three years for a traditional degree<br />

in paramedic science.<br />

Emergency Medical Technician<br />

1/Paramedic Apprentice Tom<br />

Wilkes, says: “The journey has<br />

been challenging, in a good way.<br />

It has been great to develop<br />

my clinical skills whilst growing<br />

individually, especially with<br />

putting my skills into practice<br />

to help patients. For me being<br />

a paramedic means having<br />

the autonomy to make critical<br />

decisions whilst forming part of<br />

the wider multidisciplinary team to<br />

benefit patients and colleagues.”<br />

All ambulance trusts in England<br />

are developing new paramedics<br />

through this apprenticeship route.<br />

NWAS is one of seven ambulance<br />

trusts that teamed up with<br />

Cumbria University for this exciting<br />

progression programme. It has<br />

seen around 1000 paramedics<br />

trained in the last two years<br />

nationally, significantly increasing<br />

the country’s paramedic workforce.<br />

Within NWAS, the programme<br />

is open to our existing EMTs<br />

that hold the Level 4 Associate<br />

<strong>Ambulance</strong> Practitioner Diploma<br />

to enable them to become fullyqualified<br />

paramedics.<br />

This means the highly respected<br />

profession is open to our<br />

existing workforce. They can<br />

continue to work as an EMT<br />

whilst gaining a full BSc (Hons) in<br />

Paramedic Practice, allowing each<br />

ambulance service to develop its<br />

staff and grow its own workforce.<br />

The apprenticeship offers recruits<br />

blended learning to allow them<br />

to continue their normal frontline<br />

roles while studying. This involves<br />

a mixture of classroom and online<br />

learning, practical sessions,<br />

tutorials and non-ambulance<br />

placements within NWAS.<br />

Carol Offer, NWAS Assistant Director<br />

Workforce and Organisational<br />

Development, says, “This<br />

apprenticeship has given our existing<br />

EMT staff a new pathway to develop<br />

their careers as paramedics. It<br />

also enables us to develop our<br />

workforce, and nurture and shape<br />

the talents we already have.”<br />

Redferd Ashcroft, NWAS Senior<br />

Learning Development Advisor<br />

who has supported all the<br />

cohorts on the programme so<br />

far, says: “I am immensely proud<br />

of the hard work, resilience and<br />

dedication displayed by all of our<br />

apprentice paramedics. It has<br />

been an absolute privilege to<br />

watch their skills and confidence<br />

grow throughout the programme.<br />

I look forward to seeing how they<br />

continue to develop within the<br />

paramedic profession”.<br />

There are now seven cohorts on<br />

the paramedic apprenticeship<br />

within NWAS, with three new<br />

groups starting every year.<br />

begin treating patients as soon as<br />

possible, rather than waiting for fire<br />

and rescue crews to bring patients<br />

out of the dangerous area.<br />

Since joining the HART team, Rae<br />

and Natalie have found that other<br />

women are now more likely to<br />

sign up to join them.<br />

Rae added: “By having a more<br />

diverse team means there will be<br />

different ideas, better problem<br />

solving and more innovative<br />

thinking when it comes to<br />

approaching complex jobs.<br />

“It’s good for women to be part<br />

of the team but it’s even better for<br />

our patients.”<br />

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WAS<br />

Bowls player<br />

reunited with offduty<br />

paramedic who<br />

saved his life<br />

A Newtown man who had a<br />

cardiac arrest while playing<br />

bowls has been reunited with<br />

the off-duty paramedic who<br />

saved his life.<br />

When Terry Dury, 73, began<br />

having chest pains at a bowls<br />

competition in Aberhafesp, it was<br />

the quick-thinking actions of offduty<br />

paramedic Sion Breese who<br />

helped save his life.<br />

Terry was in the middle of<br />

competing when he first started<br />

experiencing discomfort. When the<br />

match finished, he went into cardiac<br />

arrest only a few moments later.<br />

He said: “I’m usually pretty good<br />

at playing bowls, but my accuracy<br />

was all over the place.<br />

“I remember feeling the discomfort<br />

in my chest, but I just kept playing.<br />

“As soon as the game was<br />

finished, I sat down straight away,<br />

kicking my bowls under the chair<br />

and that was it.<br />

“I don’t remember anything else,<br />

but I have been told I had turned<br />

blue and was clutching my chest,<br />

thrashing about and gasping for<br />

air.”<br />

At the time, Sion Breese,<br />

paramedic and locality manager<br />

in North Powys at the Welsh<br />

<strong>Ambulance</strong> Service, had just<br />

finished his bowls game before<br />

being called into action.<br />

Sion, who only started playing<br />

bowls three months prior, said:<br />

“With the help of the bowls<br />

Chairman, Nick Jones, we<br />

managed to get Terry onto the floor.<br />

“I immediately assessed him and<br />

started giving cardiopulmonary<br />

resuscitation (CPR).<br />

“I phoned 999 and got Nick to<br />

locate the defibrillator and after<br />

one shock, Terry’s rhythm came<br />

back.<br />

“Nick was excellent in the<br />

situation.<br />

“Because I didn’t have my usual<br />

kit, the couple of minutes that we<br />

waited for Welsh <strong>Ambulance</strong>s<br />

Service colleagues felt longer.”<br />

Help arrived in the form one<br />

emergency ambulance, a<br />

duty operations manager and<br />

community first responder from<br />

the Welsh <strong>Ambulance</strong> Service,<br />

along with colleagues from the<br />

Emergency Medical Retrieval and<br />

Transfer Service and Fire Service<br />

Co Responders.<br />

Terry said: “I recall very little of the<br />

journey to Ysbyty Glan Clwyd,<br />

but I do remember them asking<br />

if I was allergic to anything, with<br />

my response being ‘I’m allergic to<br />

hospitals’.<br />

“I was transported on blue lights<br />

to the hospital, where they<br />

performed an angiogram.<br />

“I’m not sure how, but I had<br />

somehow managed to tell the<br />

paramedics my phone password<br />

so they could call my partner<br />

Jenny, who was able to meet us in<br />

the hospital.”<br />

other for the next game.<br />

“The determination he showed,<br />

without any equipment – just his<br />

knowledge saved me.<br />

“People like Sion who work in the<br />

NHS and ambulance service are<br />

the salt of the earth.”<br />

Terry remained in hospital for five<br />

days and has 12 weeks of rest<br />

before he can play bowls again,<br />

but that hasn’t stopped him from<br />

reuniting with Sion and cheering<br />

on his bowls team.<br />

Sion said: “It was great to meet<br />

up with Terry again, and he looked<br />

very healthy for someone who had<br />

a cardiac arrest and triple bypass.<br />

“I’ve also seen him supporting his<br />

bowls team.<br />

“Since the emergency, plans have<br />

been made to run a defib and<br />

CPR awareness session for all the<br />

bowls clubs that attend the next<br />

competition.<br />

“It will be a great opportunity to<br />

educate the players about the<br />

importance of early CPR and<br />

defibrillation.”<br />

After Terry’s angiogram, it was<br />

decided that he would need<br />

immediate intervention and was<br />

transported to the Broadgreen<br />

Liverpool Hospital to undergo a<br />

triple bypass.<br />

February marked the Welsh<br />

<strong>Ambulance</strong> Service’s monthlong<br />

Defibuary campaign, which<br />

is designed to educate the<br />

public about the importance of<br />

bystander CPR and defibrillation.<br />

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The father-of-two said: “I was told<br />

the risk of survival was slim, but I<br />

remember looking at the clock in the<br />

theatre which read 9:45am, and the<br />

surgery being complete by 2:15pm.<br />

“I was sedated for hours and<br />

recovery was painful, but the<br />

hospital staff were fantastic.<br />

“If Sion hadn’t swapped his shift<br />

to play that day, I’m not sure what<br />

would have happened.<br />

“It was very strange as we were<br />

scheduled to play against each<br />

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A pioneering initiative led by<br />

South Central <strong>Ambulance</strong><br />

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Launched as a pilot in 2019<br />

known as urgent care pathways, it<br />

sees ambulance service clinicians<br />

take a leading role in assessing<br />

and treating patients in their<br />

homes when handling 111 or 999<br />

calls and determining their next<br />

destination for ongoing care.<br />

Within just two years it had<br />

prevented more than 30,000<br />

patient journeys to emergency<br />

departments having created more<br />

than 120 different healthcare<br />

pathways for clinicians to refer<br />

patients to directly.<br />

As a result, many of these were<br />

admitted directly into a specialist<br />

hospital service covering medical,<br />

surgical, paediatric, respiratory,<br />

frailty or mental health needs,<br />

transported to a treatment centre<br />

or referred onto a community<br />

service or their GP to be managed<br />

at home.<br />

The project, which is now known<br />

as clinical pathways and is a core<br />

part of the SCAS service, focuses<br />

on moderately unwell patients<br />

with medical conditions, older<br />

patients who are frail with chronic<br />

conditions who are at risk of falls,<br />

those with respiratory conditions<br />

such as COPD and asthma,<br />

people in mental health crises or<br />

children who require a specialist<br />

paediatric assessment.<br />

<strong>Ambulance</strong> staff are supported<br />

to assess patients at home<br />

and take a lead role in working<br />

with consultants in hospitals,<br />

community teams and GPs to<br />

determine a patient’s next steps.<br />

This can include referrals to<br />

services including hospital<br />

same day emergency care units<br />

(SDECs), urgent community<br />

response teams (UCRs), acute<br />

respiratory hubs and virtual wards,<br />

where patients are safely treated<br />

and monitored at home.<br />

The system proved an invaluable<br />

asset during the COVID-19<br />

pandemic for managing residents<br />

in care homes and avoiding the<br />

need for hospital admissions<br />

through treatment at home,<br />

referral to community services<br />

or by-passing emergency<br />

departments.<br />

It is supported by a dedicated<br />

online directory - SCAS Connect<br />

- which was developed to<br />

categorise all urgent care options<br />

available across Berkshire,<br />

Buckinghamshire, Hampshire<br />

and Oxfordshire to assist staff<br />

with locating clinical and support<br />

services and making the right<br />

clinical decision in the community.<br />

Available as a smartphone and<br />

tablet app, SCAS Connect has<br />

inclusion and exclusion criteria<br />

for each service, opening<br />

hours, contact numbers, email<br />

addresses, what patients they will<br />

or won’t see, parking locations<br />

for ambulances, as well as links<br />

to current clinical guidance to aid<br />

decision-making.<br />

Due to its success the initiative<br />

has been backed by NHS England<br />

and similar models rolled out<br />

across other ambulance trusts.<br />

“The development of our clinical<br />

pathways service led by a<br />

specialist care team has been<br />

a revelation in opening up more<br />

appropriate treatment options<br />

to avoid patients being taken to<br />

hospital emergency departments<br />

as the default option,” said<br />

Chris Jackson, Assistant Senior<br />

Operations Manager and Clinical<br />

Pathway Team lead at SCAS.<br />

“The creation and effectiveness of<br />

SCAS Connect has been integral<br />

to the project as it gives clinicians<br />

everything they need to support<br />

them in making the right decision<br />

on care for the patients they are<br />

sent to. If crews are working outof-area<br />

then they still have access<br />

to everything they need to make<br />

the right clinical decision for every<br />

patient they see.”<br />

He added: “We are now truly<br />

realising the potential of our<br />

expert mobile clinicians to ensure<br />

patients get the right care as<br />

quickly as possible while reducing<br />

the burden on emergency<br />

departments.<br />

“More than 50,000 patients per<br />

year are now benefitting from the<br />

collaborations between SCAS and<br />

our system partners to support<br />

patients getting to the right care<br />

first time every time and we<br />

are delighted NHS England is<br />

supporting the rollout of similar<br />

models across ambulance<br />

services.”<br />

Dr John Black, Medical Director<br />

at SCAS, said: “This excellent<br />

initiative is integral to delivering the<br />

right care first time every time and<br />

supports the delivery of care in<br />

the community as close to home<br />

as possible when it is safe and<br />

appropriate to do so.”<br />

The Hospital<br />

Saturday Fund Gifts<br />

£10,000 To Local<br />

Lifesaving Charity<br />

The Hospital Saturday Fund,<br />

a national charity based<br />

in London has gifted a<br />

£10,000 grant to Midlands Air<br />

<strong>Ambulance</strong> Charity’s advanced<br />

pre-hospital service.<br />

A £10,000 grant has been<br />

received by Midlands Air<br />

<strong>Ambulance</strong> Charity at a recent<br />

visit from The Hospital Saturday<br />

Fund to its RAF Cosford airbase<br />

in Shropshire. The Hospital<br />

Saturday Fund is a charity which<br />

aids registered health charities,<br />

hospices and other medical<br />

organisations who need grants<br />

for specific medical projects.<br />

The grant is for the purchase of<br />

much-needed surgical training<br />

equipment. This new training<br />

equipment will enable the critical<br />

care clinicians at the charity to<br />

practice their enhanced clinical<br />

skills and will also help towards<br />

future-proofing the charity’s prehospital<br />

emergency service.<br />

John Randel, Trustee of The<br />

Hospital Saturday Fund, said:<br />

“The Hospital Saturday Fund<br />

were delighted to award<br />

Midlands Air <strong>Ambulance</strong> Charity<br />

with a grant of £10,000. This<br />

grant will help fund essential<br />

surgical training equipment for<br />

its clinicians.<br />

“The service that the charity<br />

provides to the community is<br />

remarkable, and this advanced<br />

equipment will allow their team<br />

of highly skilled critical care<br />

paramedics and pre-hospital<br />

emergency medicine doctors to<br />

practice lifesaving and highrisk<br />

procedures. The Hospital<br />

Saturday Fund is pleased to be<br />

part of this initiative which will<br />

significantly increase a patient’s<br />

chance of survival in a real-life<br />

emergency.”<br />

Debbie Briden, grants and<br />

trusts manager for Midlands<br />

Air <strong>Ambulance</strong> Charity, added:<br />

“We are so grateful to the<br />

Hospital Saturday Fund for<br />

their kind £10,000 grant to<br />

our organisation. The new<br />

training equipment we can<br />

now purchase will be used<br />

regularly as part of our service’s<br />

commitment to continuous<br />

improvement as the clinicians<br />

practise vital advanced skills<br />

needed in the pre-hospital<br />

environment.”<br />

To find out more about Midlands<br />

Air <strong>Ambulance</strong> Charity’s vital,<br />

lifesaving work in your local area<br />

visit midlandsairambulance.com<br />

and follow the organisation on<br />

social media.<br />

Visit hospitalsaturdayfund.org to<br />

find out more about The Hospital<br />

Charity Fund and how it has been<br />

helping health charities in your<br />

local community since 1873.<br />

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LAS<br />

Brave-hearted<br />

paramedic honoured<br />

by the King<br />

A paramedic who has<br />

dedicated his career to saving<br />

lives – including during the<br />

Westminster Bridge terror<br />

attack in 2017 – has been<br />

presented with a Queen’s<br />

<strong>Ambulance</strong> Medal, in a<br />

prestigious ceremony hosted by<br />

His Majesty King Charles III.<br />

Richard Webb Stevens, a<br />

motorcycle paramedic from<br />

London <strong>Ambulance</strong> Service who<br />

was born with severe hearing loss,<br />

was nominated for the illustrious<br />

award during the Queen’s<br />

platinum Jubilee last June.<br />

He picked up his medal at<br />

Windsor Castle in a poignant<br />

ceremony which honoured<br />

his actions as first ambulance<br />

responder on-scene at the<br />

Westminster terrorist attack, as<br />

well as his lasting contribution to<br />

the deaf community.<br />

As he left the castle with his wife<br />

Marie, Richard commented:<br />

“Meeting the King personally<br />

to receive such an important<br />

award is something that I never<br />

envisaged. You hear stories<br />

about it, you read about it,<br />

but experiencing it was just<br />

phenomenal.<br />

“I was very fortunate to be<br />

nominated for this award and<br />

it’s been absolutely superb to be<br />

honoured in such an emotional<br />

ceremony.”<br />

On the day of the Westminster<br />

terrorist attack, on 22 March<br />

2017, Richard showed<br />

unparalleled bravery and devotion<br />

to duty when he was called<br />

to a road traffic incident on<br />

Westminster Bridge, which he<br />

soon realised was not a routine<br />

crash.<br />

Many people had been very badly<br />

injured, and Richard focused on<br />

assessing patients from one end<br />

of the bridge to the other and<br />

report back to the control room<br />

asking for backup.<br />

Remembering the day of the<br />

attack, Richard said: “22 March<br />

2017 is a day I will never forget,<br />

ever.<br />

“It’s a day when I had to put all my<br />

years of service into practice into<br />

one single call, but I hope I made<br />

a difference to people’s lives.”<br />

At Windsor Castle, Richard was<br />

also honoured for making an<br />

impact for the deaf community<br />

working in the emergency services.<br />

While serving in the London<br />

<strong>Ambulance</strong> Service Motorcycle<br />

Response Unit, he found the inhelmet<br />

earpiece used by motorbike<br />

paramedics to keep in contact<br />

while driving was incompatible<br />

with his hearing aid. Richard met<br />

with designers, audiologists and<br />

hearing aid companies and his<br />

new design has proved to be such<br />

a success that these updated<br />

communication systems have<br />

been taken up by police forces,<br />

medical professionals and military<br />

personnel around the world.<br />

Richard has been working at<br />

LAS for 24 years, and during<br />

that time he became the first<br />

deaf paramedic to work on<br />

London’s Air <strong>Ambulance</strong>. In his<br />

own time, he has been mentoring<br />

generations of paramedics with<br />

hearing impairments, committed<br />

to levelling the playing field in the<br />

emergency services for those with<br />

similar conditions to his.<br />

He has also striven to make it<br />

easier for deaf patients to make<br />

999 calls by supporting the launch<br />

of a BSL app allowing people<br />

with hearing or speech loss to be<br />

instantly connected to a video call<br />

with a BSL interpreter should they<br />

need life-saving help.<br />

Daniel Elkeles, Chief Executive<br />

at London <strong>Ambulance</strong> Service,<br />

commented:<br />

“I can think of no better person to<br />

be honoured for serving London.<br />

Richard has not only saved<br />

countless lives and responded<br />

to significant incidents in some<br />

very challenging circumstances,<br />

but also fought to make the<br />

emergency services more inclusive<br />

for all. We are very proud of him<br />

and for everything he has achieved<br />

over these 24 years with us.”<br />

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Reigate man reunited<br />

with lifesavers,<br />

encourages all to<br />

learn CPR<br />

A Reigate man has leant his<br />

voice to calls for everyone to<br />

learn CPR (cardio-pulmonary<br />

resuscitation) after being reunited<br />

with some of the ambulance<br />

team who help save his life.<br />

Michael Woolley, 80, suffered a<br />

cardiac arrest at his home on the<br />

afternoon of 14 December last<br />

year. His wife, Lynn, who joined<br />

him when he visited Banstead<br />

Make Ready Centre recently,<br />

immediately began CPR, called<br />

999 and followed the instructions<br />

of Emergency Medical Advisor,<br />

Barbara Trevena.<br />

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First to arrive at the scene<br />

in around five minutes was<br />

paramedic Lucy Thomson.<br />

Lucy commenced advanced life<br />

support and began delivering<br />

shocks with a defibrillator to<br />

restart Michael’s heart, before<br />

being joined by paramedics,<br />

Tracey Little, Millie Lowe, on<br />

her first shift as a fully-qualified<br />

paramedic, and Critical Care<br />

Paramedic, Lee Davis.<br />

Together the team delivered a<br />

total of eight shocks to establish a<br />

more normal rhythm for Michael’s<br />

heart as the Trust’s Hazardous<br />

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Area Response Team, (HART),<br />

joined them at the scene to lead<br />

what was a challenging exit from<br />

the couple’s top floor apartment.<br />

Michael was rushed to St<br />

George’s Hospital where he<br />

underwent an angioplasty<br />

procedure to open up his<br />

arteries. While initially given a<br />

further life-expectancy of just<br />

one to two years following his<br />

ordeal, Michael has since had<br />

an internal defibrillator fitted,<br />

increasing his life-expectancy by<br />

some five to 10 years.<br />

“The day of my collapse was just<br />

miracle after miracle”, explained<br />

Michael. “First the fact that I<br />

wasn’t on my own in the lift<br />

when I collapsed but instead<br />

in front of Lynn, then that Lynn<br />

began CPR so expertly directed<br />

by Barbara and then that<br />

Lucy and her colleagues were<br />

so quickly with us ensuring I<br />

received the treatment I needed.<br />

“Everything just fitted together<br />

so perfectly. I’m so lucky to<br />

be here and so grateful to the<br />

whole team for everything they<br />

did for me. It was very emotional<br />

meeting everyone but I’m so<br />

happy I’ve had the opportunity<br />

to say thank you face-to-face.”<br />

Emergency Medical Advisor,<br />

Barbara, praised Lynn’s<br />

calmness as she gave CPR to<br />

Michael ahead of Lucy’s arrival.<br />

“Lynn did everything right,” she<br />

said. “It’s so vital that CPR is<br />

commenced straight away to<br />

give any patient the best chance<br />

of survival. Lynn was brilliant.”<br />

The initial CPR and subsequent<br />

treatment was so beneficial,<br />

in fact, that hospital teams<br />

performed a second scan to<br />

check Michael’s brain when the<br />

first showed up so little damage<br />

had occurred.<br />

Lynn expressed her thanks to<br />

the clear instruction delivered<br />

by Barbara and added: “I will<br />

forever be grateful for how she<br />

talked me through everything<br />

I needed to do that day. She<br />

was a calming voice and I am<br />

so pleased to have been able to<br />

thank her and the whole team in<br />

person.”<br />

Lucy added: “It was a real team<br />

effort from start to finish. From<br />

the moment Lynn dialled 999<br />

and begun CPR so quickly. It<br />

was the perfect example of<br />

the chain of survival. We were<br />

all delighted to meet Michael<br />

and Lynn under far better<br />

circumstances and we’re so<br />

pleased to play our part in<br />

ensuring Michael can look ahead<br />

to the future and enjoy life.”<br />

Michael and Lynn have been<br />

together for more than 40 years<br />

and have two children, Lucia and<br />

Emma, who Michael is looking<br />

forward walking down the aisle<br />

next year.<br />

Last month, SECAmb published<br />

its annual cardiac arrest report<br />

which revealed more than threequarters<br />

of all resuscitations<br />

attempts undertaken by crews<br />

take place in the home.<br />

The report, covering <strong>April</strong> 2021<br />

to March 2022, also showed<br />

that SECAmb responded<br />

to 8,005 patients who had<br />

suffered a cardiac arrest and<br />

that it was viable to commence<br />

resuscitation of 2,788 patients.<br />

Of the attempted resuscitations,<br />

a ‘Return of Spontaneous<br />

Circulation’ or ROSC was<br />

maintained to hospital 26 per<br />

cent of the time, while 11 per<br />

cent of patients (299 people)<br />

were alive 30 days after their<br />

cardiac arrest.<br />

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urges public to learn to save a life -<br />

NHS South East Coast <strong>Ambulance</strong><br />

Service (secamb.nhs.uk)<br />

The report is available to<br />

download in full here: Annual-<br />

Cardiac-Arrest-Report-FINAL.pdf<br />

(secamb.nhs.uk)<br />

WAS<br />

Steve’s sleep out for<br />

homeless veterans<br />

A soldier turned <strong>Ambulance</strong><br />

Care Assistant has taken part<br />

in a sleep out to raise money<br />

for homeless veterans.<br />

Steve Oliver, 53, took part in<br />

The Great Tommy Sleep Out,<br />

a fundraising challenge set by<br />

the Royal British Legion to<br />

raise awareness of and support<br />

the estimated 6,000 veterans<br />

experiencing homelessness.<br />

Steve, a former Army Sergeant,<br />

who toured Bosnia, Northern<br />

Ireland and Canada, now works<br />

as an <strong>Ambulance</strong> Care Assistant<br />

at the Welsh <strong>Ambulance</strong> Service,<br />

based in Bridgend.<br />

He said: “The Great Tommy<br />

Sleep Out encourages you to<br />

sleep out under the stars to<br />

fundraise for the most vulnerable<br />

veterans.<br />

“So, I set up my chair and<br />

sleeping bag and camped out<br />

for 24 hours.<br />

“I based myself at The Memorial<br />

Tommy Wall, St Anne’s in Neath<br />

from 10.00am Saturday until<br />

10.00am Sunday.<br />

“The challenge by no means<br />

replicated what some people<br />

experience every day.<br />

“But it did give me a very small<br />

idea of it.”<br />

Steve, a father of two and<br />

grandfather of one, was a<br />

member of the Armed Forces<br />

from 1989-2003, starting his<br />

career in the Royal Military<br />

Police, before moving into the<br />

Intelligence Corp and later<br />

becoming a Sergeant.<br />

He continued: “Being a veteran, I<br />

understand that not many people<br />

leave the Forces without some<br />

kind of scars.<br />

“I know that there is a very fine<br />

line from being where I am now to<br />

where others are, including those<br />

who find themselves homeless.<br />

“When I was discharged from<br />

the army, I found it really hard to<br />

adjust and suffered from mental<br />

health issues.<br />

“If it wasn’t for the support of<br />

the Royal British Legion and my<br />

family, I’m not sure what would<br />

have happened.<br />

“This was my small part to give<br />

back.<br />

“During the 24 hours, I was visited<br />

by over 60 members of the public,<br />

so I had plenty of donations and<br />

conversations about the Royal<br />

British Legion.<br />

“And best of all they ranged from<br />

10-years old to 91-years old.<br />

“The support I have received<br />

has been a truly humbling<br />

experience.”<br />

The Great Tommy Sleep Out<br />

continued throughout March, with<br />

all proceeds going to the Royal<br />

British Legion.<br />

Arwyn Thomas, Non-Emergency<br />

Patient Transport Service<br />

Operations Manager at the Welsh<br />

<strong>Ambulance</strong> Service, and Steve’s<br />

manager, said: “We are all very<br />

proud of Steve and his efforts to<br />

raise money and awareness of the<br />

thousands of homeless veterans.<br />

“Steve is ex-military and I know<br />

how passionate he is about this<br />

cause, and sleeping outside<br />

for 24 hours shows his sheer<br />

determination.”<br />

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SWASFT<br />

Peru trek to raise<br />

funds for South<br />

Western <strong>Ambulance</strong><br />

Charity<br />

Thirteen intrepid people from<br />

Bristol, North Somerset and<br />

South Gloucestershire (BNSSG)<br />

will set off on a 28-mile (45km)<br />

trek along Peru’s Inca Trail in<br />

May to raise £10,000 for the<br />

South Western <strong>Ambulance</strong><br />

Charity.<br />

The team, which includes 11<br />

paramedics from the South<br />

Western <strong>Ambulance</strong> Service NHS<br />

Foundation Trust (SWASFT), will<br />

climb as high 13,800ft (4,200m)<br />

on the legendary trail to the<br />

ancient Inca citadel of Machu<br />

Picchu.<br />

As well as tackling high mountain<br />

passes, they will hike through<br />

rainforest areas and subtropical<br />

vegetation in temperatures<br />

ranging between 30 degrees<br />

celsius during the day to 6<br />

degrees at night.<br />

Sponsorship from the self-funded<br />

adventure will go to the South<br />

Western <strong>Ambulance</strong> Charity to<br />

support the wellbeing of frontline<br />

crews, and the communities they<br />

serve, in the BNSSG area.<br />

The adventurers all come from the<br />

BNSSG area and include student<br />

paramedic Donna Jordan and<br />

paramedics Leanne Bessell, Tracy<br />

Jarrett, Sharon Swanborough, Abi<br />

Elliott, Gabriella Salmon, Dianne<br />

Fant, Richard Clark, Helen Field,<br />

Georgia Simpson, and Charlotte<br />

Cousins.<br />

Former SWASFT Emergency Care<br />

Assistant Vicky Turner, and Ian<br />

Hunt from Avon Fire & Rescue<br />

Service, are also in the team.<br />

Donna, whose idea the expedition<br />

was, says: “Back in August 2021,<br />

in the middle of the pandemic,<br />

thirteen of us decided to get<br />

together to try to raise £10,000<br />

for our local ambulance stations<br />

and colleagues as a thank you for<br />

everything they all do.<br />

“We’re funding the trip ourselves,<br />

getting ourselves into shape<br />

and training together, and we’re<br />

determined to complete the<br />

challenge.<br />

“I suggested trekking to Machu<br />

Picchu, which has been on<br />

my bucket list for years. I love<br />

history and can’t wait to walk in<br />

the footsteps of the people who<br />

created the Inca Trail hundreds of<br />

years ago.<br />

“We’d love any support you can<br />

offer. It doesn’t have to be much,<br />

as every penny will get us closer<br />

to our £10,000 target.”<br />

Zoe Larter, Head of the South<br />

Western <strong>Ambulance</strong> Charity,<br />

adds: “Our crews always go<br />

the extra mile but the Inca Trail<br />

is exceptional even by their<br />

standards. The money this intrepid<br />

team raises will go back into<br />

Bristol, North Somerset and South<br />

Gloucestershire. It will help the<br />

South Western <strong>Ambulance</strong> charity<br />

to enhance working environments,<br />

provide outdoor space for crew<br />

breaks at ambulance stations, and<br />

support the health and wellbeing<br />

of our people, who work so hard<br />

every day in what can often be<br />

stressful and challenging jobs.<br />

We owe a big thank you to all the<br />

expedition’s members and donors<br />

for their support.”<br />

SWASFT’s County Commander<br />

for BNSSG, Sarah Jenkins, says:<br />

“I am in awe of this amazing<br />

expedition and I wish the team<br />

the very best of luck. All of us<br />

in BNSSG are grateful for any<br />

funds that will be raised as part<br />

of this trip and we look forward to<br />

following their adventures”.<br />

Anyone who would like to support<br />

them can make a donation at<br />

https://www.justgiving.com/<br />

fundraising/swast-team.<br />

WAS<br />

Welsh <strong>Ambulance</strong><br />

Service appoints first<br />

midwife<br />

AMBULANCE <strong>UK</strong> - APRIL<br />

The Welsh <strong>Ambulance</strong> Service<br />

has appointed its first lead<br />

midwife to improve care for<br />

women, birthing people and<br />

their babies.<br />

Bethan Jones, a midwife at<br />

Cardiff’s University Hospital of<br />

Wales, has been appointed Local<br />

Safety Champion for Maternity<br />

and Neonatal Care to ensure<br />

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women, birthing people and their<br />

babies receive safe and effective<br />

care.<br />

The mother-of-two will work with<br />

other champions in local health<br />

boards to standardise services<br />

across Wales, as well as bolster<br />

training for staff.<br />

Bethan will also explore and<br />

develop the opportunity for the<br />

ambulance service to host a 24/7<br />

Labour Line.<br />

Bethan, who was a bereavement<br />

counsellor prior to training as a<br />

midwife, said: “This is a really<br />

exciting opportunity to improve<br />

the quality of care we deliver to<br />

mothers, babies and their families.<br />

“Women, birthing people and<br />

babies are at the heart of this<br />

work, which is designed to ensure<br />

that they and their families get the<br />

highest quality of care, wherever<br />

they are in Wales.<br />

“<strong>Ambulance</strong> staff cover a<br />

broad range of illnesses and<br />

emergencies, and having an<br />

appointed midwife means we<br />

can now have a specific focus<br />

on maternity and neonatal care,<br />

and there has already been some<br />

fantastic work in this space.<br />

“Everyone at the Welsh<br />

<strong>Ambulance</strong> Service has been very<br />

welcoming, and I look forward<br />

to seeing the difference we can<br />

make.”<br />

The Welsh <strong>Ambulance</strong> Service<br />

won two awards at the first ever<br />

PROMPT (PRactical Obstetric<br />

Multi-Professional Training) Wales<br />

awards ceremony.<br />

Paramedic Lisa O’Sullivan, Health<br />

Board Clinical Lead in Cardiff<br />

and Vale and a PROMPT Wales<br />

facilitator, was named winner of<br />

the Partnership and Collaborative<br />

Award.<br />

Meanwhile, Consultant Paramedic<br />

and Interim Regional Clinical Lead<br />

Steve Magee was the runner-up<br />

in the Supporting the PROMPT<br />

Wales National Team category.<br />

In 2021, Steve led the introduction<br />

of cuddle pockets so that stillborn<br />

babies can be transported to<br />

hospital with compassion.<br />

Bethan’s secondment into the<br />

ambulance service is part of<br />

Welsh Government’s Maternity<br />

and Neonatal Safety Support<br />

Programme to improve the safety,<br />

experience and outcomes for<br />

mothers and babies in Wales.<br />

Maternity and neonatal champions<br />

have been appointed to every<br />

health board in Wales as part of<br />

a new team which reports to the<br />

Chief Nursing Officer for Wales,<br />

Sue Tranka.<br />

They will be supported initially<br />

by Improvement Cymru, the<br />

improvement service for NHS<br />

Wales, to scope and prioritise<br />

their focus.<br />

Wendy Herbert, the Welsh<br />

<strong>Ambulance</strong> Service’s Assistant<br />

Director of Quality and Nursing,<br />

said: “This is an important role for<br />

the Welsh <strong>Ambulance</strong> Service and<br />

I’m delighted we’ve been able to<br />

appoint someone as experienced<br />

as Bethan into the position.<br />

“Our staff already do a brilliant<br />

job when it comes to supporting<br />

parents and looking after babies<br />

but we know that having to call<br />

999 when you’re expecting a baby<br />

can be a daunting experience.<br />

The Local Safety Champion role<br />

will allow us to look closely at<br />

how our staff are trained and how<br />

we respond to maternity-related<br />

incidents, ultimately improving<br />

care for mothers, birthing people<br />

and babies across Wales.”<br />

More than half<br />

ambulance workers<br />

have witnessed a<br />

death to delays –<br />

GMB survey shows<br />

Exclusive poll for Channel 4 also<br />

shows 50 per cent of ambulance<br />

workers have spent their entire<br />

shift waiting outside A&E.<br />

<strong>Ambulance</strong> workers have<br />

witnessed a death to delays, an<br />

exclusive GMB survey for Channel<br />

4 shows.<br />

The findings of the poll [1],<br />

shown in Channel 4’s Dispatches<br />

programme on 9 March <strong>2023</strong><br />

reveal<br />

• More than 3 in 4 [76%] say<br />

that delays have an impact on<br />

patient care on a daily basis.<br />

• More than half of ambulance<br />

crew workers (52 per cent)<br />

have spent a whole shift waiting<br />

outside A&E with a patient.<br />

• 8 in 10 [78%] say they have<br />

considered leaving the service<br />

for a less stressful role.<br />

• 87% believe the hospitals they<br />

work with are inadequately<br />

staffed.<br />

• 65 per cent say that every day<br />

they deal with cases that would<br />

be better dealt with by care and<br />

mental health services.<br />

The programme follows<br />

ambulance a crew member,<br />

who spent three months secretly<br />

filming his work against the<br />

backdrop of the NHS’s worst ever<br />

winter crisis.<br />

The resulting documentary,<br />

<strong>Ambulance</strong> Undercover: NHS<br />

in Chaos- Dispatches vividly<br />

captures the disturbing reality of<br />

long ambulance delays, record<br />

A&E waiting times, and the<br />

consequences for patients.<br />

Laurence Turner, GMB Head of<br />

Research and Policy, said:<br />

“These findings are utterly<br />

terrifying - but chime perfectly<br />

with what GMB members tell us<br />

every day.<br />

“More than ten years of cuts while<br />

demand skyrockets and a flood<br />

of underpaid and demoralised<br />

ambulance workers leave the<br />

service has created a perfect<br />

storm.<br />

“<strong>Ambulance</strong> workers face a<br />

crushing workload, emotional<br />

trauma and even abuse - yet they<br />

had to spend months taking strike<br />

action before the Government<br />

would even talk to them about this<br />

year’s pay.<br />

“If we want horror stories like this<br />

to stop, we need to properly fund<br />

our health service - starting with<br />

the workforce.”<br />

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specialist supplier of PPE<br />

AMBULANCE <strong>UK</strong> - APRIL<br />

A new choice of<br />

helmet for the <strong>UK</strong><br />

<strong>Ambulance</strong> sector<br />

Vimpex Ltd. has launched<br />

the all new PAB MP1<br />

Paramedic helmet to the<br />

<strong>UK</strong> <strong>Ambulance</strong> Sector<br />

that’s been specifically<br />

developed to meet the<br />

stringent requirement of<br />

NHS <strong>Ambulance</strong> trusts in<br />

terms of full and complete<br />

certification to EN 16473<br />

Safety Standard for Technical<br />

Rescue Helmets - the highest<br />

levels of eye protection - and<br />

wearer comfort and safety.<br />

This competitively priced and<br />

excellently designed product that<br />

features a high quality dipped antifog<br />

eye guard and a 100% UV<br />

Stable Thermoplastic Shell, and<br />

is supplied with a free <strong>Ambulance</strong><br />

helmet bag. With high quality pad<br />

printed trust decal on the front,<br />

very clear ‘AMBULANCE’ decal<br />

and NHS Logo to the rear, the<br />

product is available from our <strong>UK</strong><br />

stock and ready for immediate<br />

supply. The MP1 scores on all<br />

measures of safety, independent<br />

and verified safety certification,<br />

product availability and speed of<br />

supply.<br />

Vimpex is the established<br />

accessories to the NHS,<br />

Non-governmental and Private<br />

<strong>Ambulance</strong> Sector. After many<br />

years of reliable and consistent<br />

supply to the <strong>UK</strong>’s <strong>Ambulance</strong><br />

sector, Vimpex’s move to a<br />

partnership with manufacturer<br />

PAB comes after an extensive<br />

and detailed global study of all<br />

suitable professional helmet<br />

manufacturers. The MP1 scores<br />

on all measures of safety,<br />

independent and verified safety<br />

certification, product availability<br />

and speed of supply.<br />

Revolutionary<br />

Smart Defibrillator<br />

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Defibrillators are<br />

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Research has shown that the<br />

use of a defibrillator three to<br />

five minutes from the time of<br />

a cardiac arrest increases the<br />

chance of survival by 40%.<br />

Defibrillators save lives – and<br />

smart defibrillator monitoring<br />

ensures this critical<br />

equipment is locatable and<br />

in good working order in an<br />

emergency.<br />

Smart defibrillator monitoring,<br />

powered by Internet of Things<br />

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a solution to the challenges<br />

of monitoring, locating and<br />

maintaining defibrillators.<br />

Here are some of the benefits of<br />

smart defibrillator monitoring to<br />

maximise the effectiveness of<br />

these important devices:<br />

• Real-time monitoring of the<br />

location, status and condition<br />

of defibrillators and cabinets,<br />

including temperature, battery<br />

levels, location, and faults, with<br />

an optional internal camera for<br />

verification of maintenance and<br />

usage. The data is accessible<br />

remotely, providing instant alerts<br />

and enabling immediate action.<br />

• Digitally transform the<br />

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and human error. Continual<br />

condition monitoring will alert<br />

you when the unit needs<br />

maintenance. The tracking<br />

platform allows for constant<br />

location visibility and can record<br />

and evidence maintenance<br />

events and real-time status.<br />

• Smart defibrillator monitoring<br />

can be retrofitted to different<br />

models, making it a versatile<br />

and accessible technology.<br />

Defibrillator monitoring is a<br />

powerful, inexpensive solution that<br />

saves lives, reduces the risk of<br />

equipment failure, and minimises<br />

the need for manual inspections.<br />

In a cardiac emergency,<br />

every minute counts. Smart<br />

defibrillator monitoring ensures<br />

that defibrillators are always<br />

operational, allowing them to<br />

perform their life-saving function<br />

when they are needed most.<br />

Learn more at https://<br />

smarterdefibrillator.com/.<br />

Celebrating 20 years<br />

of growth<br />

Bluelight <strong>UK</strong> has long-time<br />

been the go-to place for<br />

pre-owned ambulances.<br />

Their stock today consists<br />

of a multitude of front line<br />

emergency ambulances,<br />

high dependency units,<br />

patient transport service<br />

vehicles, rapid response<br />

vehicles, driver training<br />

units, wheelchair accessible<br />

vehicles and even paramedic<br />

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With a brilliant reputation as a<br />

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forward thinking, can-do attitude;<br />

the company has a breadth<br />

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Customers include FTSE100<br />

companies, NHS Trusts, charities,<br />

universities, private ambulance<br />

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services, surgeries, export and<br />

relief aid to name but a few.<br />

“It’s not what you know, it’s<br />

who you know in this industry,”<br />

comments Bluelight <strong>UK</strong>’s<br />

Managing Director, Simon Forster.<br />

“In my 36 years in the motor trade<br />

and over 25 years of specialist<br />

work with ambulances, I have<br />

met a lot of very experienced<br />

professionals in this industry.<br />

They each have immense levels<br />

of expertise and we’re committed<br />

to fostering and building upon<br />

these relationships. Our shared<br />

values and extensive knowledge<br />

base enables us to react and<br />

service issues quickly to keep<br />

the wheels turning with minimal<br />

downtime. In this industry, there<br />

has and will always be a need<br />

to service specialist vehicle<br />

customers with rapid turnaround.<br />

We pride ourselves on our ability<br />

to advise on project set-ups and<br />

will always go above and beyond<br />

to accommodate. Working<br />

closely with our partners, we<br />

have also developed products<br />

and processes which save our<br />

customers both time and money.<br />

None of this would have been<br />

possible without the people we<br />

know and work with, so thank<br />

you. You know who you are,” he<br />

feel free to get in touch.”<br />

If you have a vehicle which needs<br />

remarketing or you are looking at<br />

new vehicles, give the team a call<br />

on 01942 888800 or visit www.<br />

bluelightuk.co.uk to view their<br />

current stock.<br />

World-first personal<br />

defibrillator,<br />

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the <strong>UK</strong> with CorMed-<br />

DX Ltd.<br />

Unique, innovative technology<br />

to save lives from sudden<br />

cardiac arrest.<br />

CorMed-DX Ltd have partnered<br />

with Rapid Response Revival ®<br />

as an authorised re-seller of<br />

CellAED ® , the world-first personal<br />

defibrillator, created to make AEDs<br />

(automated external defibrillators)<br />

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people with no medical training.<br />

Weighing just 300grams and<br />

the size of a bar of chocolate,<br />

CellAED ® can be carried with you<br />

or stored very easily.<br />

Sudden cardiac arrest is<br />

the world’s biggest cause of<br />

premature death, killing between<br />

seven and nine million people<br />

every year i . This is similar to<br />

the lives lost from all cancers<br />

combined. ii<br />

More than 80 per cent of sudden<br />

cardiac arrests occur in the home.<br />

iii<br />

Before now, AEDs have been<br />

too expensive to be a realistic<br />

option for the households of<br />

people at risk of sudden cardiac<br />

arrest, and too complicated to<br />

use.<br />

Rapid Response Revival ® has<br />

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the cost to consumers of owning<br />

this life-saving technology.<br />

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Revival ® , out of hospital sudden<br />

cardiac arrests (OHSCA) are a<br />

time-sensitive, life threatening<br />

emergency that occur too often in<br />

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for a bystander to use confidently,<br />

and haven’t been accessible<br />

enough. CellAED ® is a game<br />

changer and resets the clock<br />

when “time is everything”; we are<br />

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child. We can’t wait to show off<br />

this life saving device in the <strong>UK</strong>.”<br />

– Craig Hall, MD and Founder of<br />

CorMed-DX.<br />

The unique CellAED ® Snap Peel<br />

Stick design allows the AED<br />

to be applied in seconds, buying<br />

time to save lives from sudden<br />

cardiac arrest.<br />

These achievements will improve<br />

availability of defibrillators where<br />

it’s needed most – in our homes,<br />

businesses and communities.<br />

Rapid defibrillation is the only<br />

effective treatment for sudden<br />

cardiac arrest. iv An AED applied<br />

within minutes of a sudden<br />

cardiac arrest buys the patient<br />

time until emergency services<br />

arrive. v<br />

Someone experiencing a sudden<br />

cardiac arrest requires rapid<br />

defibrillation. For every minute<br />

without defibrillation and CPR, the<br />

chances of being revived following<br />

a cardiac arrest drops 10 per<br />

cent. vi >>><br />

adds.<br />

Despite the pandemic, Brexit, a<br />

recession and many other factors,<br />

the business continues to grow<br />

with more financial institutions,<br />

NHS Trusts, private ambulance<br />

services and blue chip companies<br />

choosing Bluelight <strong>UK</strong> for both<br />

remarketing and purchasing<br />

both new and pre-owned<br />

ambulances. Current projects<br />

include repurposing vehicles for<br />

mobile community surgeries,<br />

multi-purpose HDU vehicles and<br />

a massive project in Ukraine to<br />

supply over 290 medical units.<br />

Simon is immensely passionate<br />

about Bluelight <strong>UK</strong>. He adds: “Our<br />

door is always open. If you feel<br />

you can add value to our service,<br />

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“Sudden cardiac arrest has a<br />

survival rate of less than one<br />

percent. vii This is because it kills<br />

so quickly, and because most<br />

witnesses to a sudden cardiac<br />

arrest don’t have the skills or<br />

access to an AED to help save<br />

a life,” said Rapid Response<br />

Revival ® Founder and CEO,<br />

Donovan Casey.<br />

“We created our easy-to-use<br />

CellAED ® to make our AEDs more<br />

affordable, smaller, portable and<br />

more accessible so more people<br />

have access to this life-saving<br />

technology in those critical fi rst<br />

few minutes following an out-ofhospital<br />

cardiac arrest.<br />

“It is gratifying to know that smart,<br />

innovative Australian technology<br />

will soon be saving lives around<br />

the world.”<br />

In addition to being easy to apply,<br />

CellAED ® is also fully automated<br />

and designed to detect a<br />

shockable heart rhythm and<br />

delivers shocks when needed to<br />

keep a patient’s heart beating in<br />

the time it takes for emergency<br />

fi rst responders to arrive.<br />

CellAED ® is ground-breaking<br />

medical technology that<br />

emergency fi rst responders,<br />

electro-cardiologists, fi rst aid<br />

trainers and others dedicated to<br />

saving lives from sudden cardiac<br />

arrest have been waiting for.<br />

Visit the CorMed-DX website<br />

and social media pages for more<br />

information:<br />

Website:<br />

https://cormed-dx.com<br />

LinkedIn:<br />

https://www.linkedin.com/<br />

company/cormed-dx/<br />

Facebook:<br />

https://www.<br />

facebook.com/profile.<br />

php?id=100090261890853<br />

Twitter:<br />

Get in touch with the CorMed-<br />

DX team to discuss your<br />

requirements:<br />

General Enquiries:<br />

hello@cormed-dx.com<br />

Product Information:<br />

info@cormed-dx.com<br />

Marketing:<br />

a.bowe@cormed-dx.com<br />

MD / Founder; Craig Hall is<br />

available for interviews.<br />

Please contact<br />

a.bowe@cormed-dx.com for<br />

further details.<br />

About CorMed-DX<br />

CorMed-DX Ltd is a privately<br />

owned business established<br />

by Craig Hall in 2022 after 25<br />

years of experience in providing<br />

NHS, Emergency Services,<br />

and Specialist Sectors with<br />

Technology and Services. With<br />

a Global network and a proven<br />

track record, we have the<br />

knowledge and connections<br />

to offer leading edge solutions<br />

and products to meet our<br />

customer’s needs. Based in<br />

Sheffi eld, South Yorkshire,<br />

we are specialists in medical<br />

technology, sales and marketing,<br />

product development, tender/<br />

bid management, and the large<br />

roll out of major equipment,<br />

software and training projects.<br />

About CellAED ®<br />

CellAED ® is a world-fi rst personal<br />

defi brillator using gamechanging<br />

technology developed<br />

by pioneering Australian medtech<br />

start-up, Rapid Response<br />

Revival ® .<br />

CellAED ® was created to make<br />

AEDs (automated external<br />

defi brillators) more affordable for<br />

households, and easy to use for<br />

people with no medical training.<br />

It addresses the problem that<br />

most deaths from sudden<br />

cardiac arrest occur in homes,<br />

where AEDs are currently<br />

unlikely to be available.<br />

CellAED ® ’s unique Snap Peel<br />

Stick design allows the<br />

personal defi brillator to be<br />

applied in seconds, buying<br />

time to save lives from sudden<br />

cardiac arrest.<br />

CellAED ® has medical device<br />

regulatory clearance for use<br />

in more than 70 countries<br />

worldwide, including the<br />

member states of the European<br />

Economic Union, the <strong>UK</strong>,<br />

Australia and New Zealand. It<br />

is the proprietary technology of<br />

Rapid Response Revival ® .<br />

CorMed-DX Ltd is a licensed<br />

CellAED ® distributor in the <strong>UK</strong>.<br />

About Rapid Response<br />

Revival ®<br />

Rapid Response Revival ® is<br />

a privately-owned Sydney,<br />

Australia-based start-up<br />

Company, established in 2017.<br />

Its mission is tackling the<br />

unacceptably low survival rate of<br />

out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.<br />

Rapid Response Revival ®<br />

was established by Donovan<br />

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ii World Health Organisation<br />

(WHO) – 2020 international<br />

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Seamless Synchronisation<br />

Hands Free Resuscitation with the<br />

corpuls3 and corpulscpr.<br />

In the <strong>Ambulance</strong><br />

Emergency transport carries risk<br />

for the patient and the responding<br />

team. With synchronised therapy,<br />

the emergency team can remain<br />

seated whilst in transit. Rhythm<br />

control and shock delivery can be<br />

performed on the corpuls 3 while<br />

the medic is seated.<br />

In tight spaces<br />

Whether in a lift, a stairwell, or<br />

on tricky terrain, synchronised<br />

resuscitation means that therapy<br />

can continue where it wouldn’t<br />

have been possible before. Once<br />

in place, a medic can control the<br />

corpuls 3 monitor, defibrillator and<br />

CPR parameters of the corpuls cpr.<br />

In the air<br />

Patient access is extremely limited<br />

in air rescue. Thanks to the perfect<br />

interaction of the corpuls 3 with<br />

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the cabin is reduced. Synchronised<br />

mechanical chest compressions<br />

can be given, without having to<br />

accept long hands-off times.<br />

• Shorter hands-off time.<br />

• Automated pre-shock compressions.<br />

• Can be used in manual and AED mode.<br />

• Increased safety & minimised interruptions.<br />

• Less resources required.<br />

• Easier operation.<br />

• Data transmission.<br />

• Post mission analysis.<br />

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