North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust

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North by North West: Same culprits on handover delays


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Interview: The story behind Cumbria’s next-generation smart ambulance service


Matt Dugdale, head of digital and clinical innovation at North West Ambulance Service Trust, shares how the trust is using technology to improve ambulance services

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Outside CEOs bring ‘positive challenge’ to sector, says review author


The senior leader who carried out a cultural review of the ambulance sector has said bringing in chief executives from outside has “shone a different light” on the service, although she stressed it was not a “silver bullet”.


Waiting times focus ‘overshadows misconduct’, finds NHSE review


Ambulance trusts have often prioritised capacity and response times over dealing with cases of misconduct, a review of culture in the sector for NHS England has found.

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Tory leadership candidate appointed health minister


Two new ministers have been appointed to the Department of Health and Social Care in Rishi Sunak’s reshuffle.


A&E handover delays up by a fifth, leak reveals


Hours lost to ambulance handover delays shot up by nearly a quarter last month amid growing fears about the pressure on ambulance services going into winter, according to figures seen by HSJ.


Trust needs £20m to deliver asks from Manchester bomb inquiry


Ambulance trusts are lobbying for tens of millions in additional funding to meet key targets set by the Manchester Arena bombing inquiry.


Teaching trust appoints joint chair after two failed attempts


A teaching trust in Lancashire has appointed a new chair at the third attempt.

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HSJ Digital Awards 2023: Enhancing Workforce Engagement, Productivity and Wellbeing Through Digital


WINNER: North West Ambulance Service Trust: Building a Smart, Connected Ambulance Service


‘Significant escalation’ in strike action, warns ambulance chief


Ambulance chiefs have warned of a ‘significant escalation’ in the strike action being planned by unions next week – saying the flexibilities that helped deal with previous walk-outs will no longer be available.


Striking staff drop cover for strokes and suspected heart attacks


Striking ambulance workers in two regions have said for the first time that they will only answer immediately life-threatening calls — abandoning previous agreements to cover some Category 2 incidents.

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North by North West: Flory tasked with getting a grip


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Free coffee for delayed ambulance crews paused after £20k bill


Trust chiefs have paused a scheme which enabled ambulance crews facing long accident and emergency handover delays to get a free tea or coffee, after receiving a £20,000 bill for a single month.


Staff at final ambulance trust vote to join strikes


Staff at the East of England ambulance trust – the only one to escape strike action so far – have voted to join the industrial action.


Two full days of ambulance strikes announced for January


Unison has announced two 24-hour ambulance worker strikes in January, adding it will start balloting members for further strikes in the spring.


‘Constructive’ first ambulance strike agreement revealed


Elderly people who fall may only be sent an ambulance after they have spent four hours on the floor, and some category 2 calls may not be responded to under one of the first agreements with ambulance unions about next week’s strikes.


Every ambulance trust on highest alert level


All ambulance services have declared the highest level of alert due to ‘extreme pressures’ facing the urgent and emergency care system.

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‘Inadequate’ trust gets new chief executive


An experienced acute hospital executive has been appointed to lead South Central Ambulance Service Foundation Trust.


Ambulance strike dates and trusts revealed


Thousands of ambulance staff across England will go on strike during the festive period this month in a dispute over pay, three unions have announced.

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North by North West: Hospitals face intervention on ambulance handovers


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