17768 - Care Assistants

1.       Please provide figures for the number of 999 call outs where a care assistant or two or more care assistants were dispatched – without either an ambulance technician or paramedic.

 

Please provide figures for the following financial years: a) 2017/18 b) 2016/17

 

2.       For question 1, please state how many of these calls were Type 1 and Type 2 for 2017/18 and 2016/17?

 

a)      The number of Type 1 calls in 2017/18 where a care assistant(s) was dispatched, without an ambulance technician or paramedic

 

b)      The number of Type 2 calls in 2017/18 where a care assistant(s) was dispatched, without an ambulance technician or paramedic

 

c)       The number of Type 1 calls in 2016/17 where a care assistant (s) was dispatched, without an ambulance technician or paramedic

 

d)      The number of Type 2 calls in 2016/17 where a care assistant (s) was dispatched, without an ambulance technician or paramedic

 

 

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    17768
  • Response:
    1. Please provide figures for the number of 999 call outs where a care assistant or two or more care assistants were dispatched – without either an ambulance technician or paramedic.

    Please provide figures for the following financial years: a) 2017/18 b) 2016/17

    Whilst we can identify what crew skills were on a vehicle, and therefore could identify if a vehicle with only ECAs attended, there are often multiple attendances, for example a Tech or Paramedic could respond in an RRV at a later time. Pulling a second data set and cross checking for these details would be incredibly time consuming. It would take several hours simply to pull the datasets let alone perform the cross-referencing between the multiple sets of data.  Therefore the Trust has determined that to locate and collate this information would take over the 18 hour limit laid down in the Freedom of Information Act, therefore we are applying exemption s.12 to this part of your request. 

     

    1. For question 1, please state how many of these calls were Type 1 and Type 2 for 2017/18 and 2016/17?
    2. a) The number of Type 1 calls in 2017/18 where a care assistant(s) was dispatched, without an ambulance technician or paramedic
    3. b) The number of Type 2 calls in 2017/18 where a care assistant(s) was dispatched, without an ambulance technician or paramedic
    4. c) The number of Type 1 calls in 2016/17 where a care assistant (s) was dispatched, without an ambulance technician or paramedic
    5. d) The number of Type 2 calls in 2016/17 where a care assistant (s) was dispatched, without an ambulance technician or paramedic

    Unfortunately as we are unable to respond to question 1 we cannot clarify which of those were different categories, and therefore cannot respond to this question either.

     

    1. Please provide details for the number of weeks of training undertaken by care assistants before they are allowed to attend 999 callouts on their own?

    The care assistants undertake the FutureQuals Emergency Care support worker apprenticeship and the Future Quals emergency driving programme and corporate induction, a total of 12 weeks in training school

     

    1. If possible, please state the current vacancy rate amongst paramedics within your ambulance trust. Please provide this figure as a percentage.

    The Trust is currently 9% below the financial year-end funded Paramedic Whole Time Equivalents (WTEs)

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    Trust wide
  • Category:
    Human Resources
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