Plans on track for ambulance response programme

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The new NHS England operating model against new national standards, known as the ambulance response programme (ARP), will be phased in from next month as planned.

At the (Wednesday's) Board meeting Director of Service Delivery Kevin Brown outlined the project work so far, commenting that staff and patients alike will see the benefits of the new standards over time.

After the meeting he said: “The majority of the pre-implementation work has focused on the supporting the changes for EOC colleagues and the fundamental change from the current two red (emergency) and four green (urgent) categories to what four new and distinct responses will mean. When we make the switch, it will be the start of a number of changes over the coming months and beyond, all of which are aimed at improving outcomes and reducing delays, and are relative to our ongoing recruitment and investment.

“From what we've learnt at services already using the new four categories, there is a notable shift to the use ambulances than RRVs but it is important to remember RRVs will still attend life-threatening calls, for example where the need for early life saving intervention is required and to boost the chances of someone surviving cardiac arrest. We will also support our patients with care at home through the use of a single clinician in a way that we currently do successfully now.”


Published 27th September, 2017


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