West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust

Simon Weldon

Five trusts join forces on AI and procurement


Five ambulance service trusts are forming a group, which will include joint projects on artificial intelligence, and a potential move to standardisation and joint procurement of vehicles.


Four regions still without extra ambulances promised by NHSE


Four regions that successfully bid for dedicated ambulances for mental health patients are still without the specialist vehicles, despite growing concerns the NHS is unable to respond to people in crisis.


Trust’s ‘leadership behaviour’ attacked by six ICBs


Six integrated care board chiefs in the Midlands have written to an ambulance trust over a “pattern of behaviour” they claim its leadership team has displayed since its Care Quality Commission rating was downgraded.

West Midlands Ambulance Service FT

Trust sets £20m ultimatum for ICBs to fund CQC requirements


An ambulance trust is preparing to ask its commissioners for an extra £20m – and is planning to withdraw some staff seconded to work at A&Es – after the Care Quality Commission ordered it to improve response times.


Trust loses ‘outstanding’ rating


An ambulance trust rated “outstanding” by the Care Quality Commission since 2019 has lost the top-tier rating.

Siobhan Melia

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.

Manchester bombing

Trust loses national emergency contract after 13 years


A key part of the NHS’s national emergency response system has been handed to a new trust to run for the next five years.

Zoe Tidman 2023

Carbon Copy: Why the NHS still buys diesel ambulances


The ideas, policies and challenges at the heart of the NHS goal for net zero emissions, from HSJ sustainability correspondent Zoe Tidman.


Exclusive: Dozens of new ambulances delayed after supplier goes bust


The delivery of more than 100 new ambulances to the NHS could be delayed ahead of winter after the company paid to supply them went into administration, HSJ has learned.


Major incident unit faces possible closure


The future of a specialist ambulance unit responsible for responding to major incidents such as terrorist attacks is in question following ongoing delay in putting its new contract out to tender.


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.

West Midlands Ambulance Service FT 2

‘Great’ trust seen as ‘insular and dismissive of integration’


A “great” ambulance trust’s “uncompromising” focus on outcomes and its own performance has been a barrier to system working and affected relationships with partners, an external review has advised it.


New triage policy implicated in 44-year-old’s death


An ambulance service says it has sped up clinical review of lower-priority calls, after a coroner said the new triage process — introduced in response to recent waiting time pressures — ‘will lead to further deaths’.

West Midlands Ambulance Service FT 2

Tech firm accuses NHSE of ‘bias’ in £5.5m tender dispute


A technology firm is taking NHS England and an ambulance trust to court over alleged bias in a tender.


More trusts vote to strike


Staff at another four ambulance services have voted to take strike action in the ongoing dispute over pay, the union Unison has announced.


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.


Paramedics not sent to quarter of urgent calls, admits trust


Some ambulance trusts are not sending paramedics to up to around a quarter of their most serious calls, according to figures obtained by HSJ.


Ambulances ‘lose’ 55,000 hours in one week during handover delays


Hours lost to ambulance handover delays, and the numbers of ambulances waiting more than an hour outside hospitals hit new highs in the week after Christmas.