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Future pivotal role of ambulance providers and paramedics in the urgent and emergency care system

Two leading specialists in emergency medical services highlighted this week the pivotal role ambulance providers will have in the nation’s 21st century healthcare services.

They were Professor Jonathan Benger, National Clinical Director for Urgent Care, NHS England and Professor Niri Siriwardena, Director, Community and Health Research Unit, School of Health & Social Care, University who will be predicting how the services will unfold in the future when they address The Future of EMS Conference 2016 in London next January.

Much of the responsibility for delivering the new style ambulance service will be in the hands of frontline crews and delegates will hear what skills  a future paramedic will need from Professor Andy Newton, Chairman, College of Paramedics, and Honorary President of The Larrey Society, the conference organisers.

Professor Benger, who is also Professor of Emergency Care, University of the West of England, Bristol said:  “Healthcare services are in a state of constant change, no more so than EMS. In the UK we are moving from an ambulance service focussed on transport to hospital to an ambulance service that acts as a community-based provider of urgent care, pivotal to the urgent and emergency care system. 

“As we develop and progress it is essential that we communicate and consult with all stakeholders, including EMS staff, other providers and patients to ensure that the changes that we make are the right ones, and will support the best possible outcomes for patients and improved working conditions for staff.

Added Professor Siriwardena:  “A debate about the future shape of emergency medical services (EMS) is important because continuing changes in primary care and care provided by hospitals together with changes in delivery of care by ambulance services driven by prehospital research and quality improvement initiatives mean that EMS needs to change also”.

The conference will also explore the possible integration of ‘blue light’ services, street triage services, mobile treatment centres and the impact of technology on the future development of EMS with presentations on telemedicine, GoodSam app and drones.

The conference will take place in London on 21st January 2016 visit

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9 November 2015


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