PERFORMANCE East of England Ambulance Service Trust is one of 26 trusts which have trigger risk summits, HSJ research has revealed.

Risk summits, introduced last October, can be called by regulators or commissioners when “there are concerns that a provider is potentially or actually experiencing serious quality failure”.

The new risk meetings were introduced by the Department of Health to help of safeguard quality and safety during the commissioning reorganisation.

HSJ’s investigation revealed a risk summit took place regarding East of England Ambulance Service Trust on 26 March, triggered by concerns surrounding ambulance response times, clinical handover times and investigation and management of serious incidents.

The research identified that summits have been held in relation to 26 trusts since October when they were introduced.