Medical Services: Latest from 2015

Innovation in Ambulance and Paramedic Services

02 June 2015 by Dean Smith, Senior Business Development Executive, First Response

In our second year of attending the event in Manchester, it was good meet up with some old faces and some fresh ones who were hoping to learn something new at this year’s Innovation in Ambulance & Paramedic Servcies meeting.

From a First Response perspective, it was evident from the delegate list and the list of speakers that Urgent Care was still firmly on the NHS agenda.  The focus for this seminar was about how commissioning and paramedic workforce models needed to evolve to reduce urgent admissions.  Could this mean that Urgent and Emergency Care have moved on from winter pressures to service burdens that will exist for 365 days of every year?

Most A&E Clinicians I have met in the preceding months have said that we need to develop robust urgent care solutions and at this seminar it was obvious that the crucial role of ambulance and paramedic services in urgent care were being redefined to meet with is an ever increasing demand for services.


First Response provides an ambulance workstation to Critical Care Transfer training day

23 February 2015 by Dean Smith, Senior Business Development Executive

We have recently been asked by Dr Ferenc Kovari, Consultant Anaesthetist at North Middlesex University Hospital, to provide practical support to Anaesthetists who were on a real-life training course held at the hospital.


Zero hour contracts - "the good, the bad and the really unfair"

09 January 2015 by An Margison, Director of Human Resources

Zero hours contracts have made headlines over the past few months, and our recent TUPE staff transfer in Shropshire included around 40 staff on these much talked about zero hours contracts.  On the whole I am a fan of zero hour contracts as long as they are used fairly and appropriately because this type of contractual arrangement can benefit both the engager, which is us, and the employee when used correctly. 


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