Support for staff and changes to culture will provide the focus of Board meeting

Date: 25 September 2017

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Putting clinical excellence and development at the heart of the ambulance service must start with support for our staff, the organisation's bosses will reinforce at this month's Board meeting.

Trust Chair Sarah Boulton will tell the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) meeting on Wednesday that it should "empower our staff to not only be able to make the best clinical decisions at the scene, but also have the best support possible before and after, as well as the ability to develop their skills for the future".

The Trust is also running a two-day clinical briefing and conference in October for hundreds of staff and volunteers to bolster clinical knowledge and provide peer-to-peer expertise and support.

Sarah added: "As a Trust we are constantly working to develop our practice. Not only to provide the best possible patient care, but also ensure that our staff are cared for and provided with the best training possible."

The push comes as ambulance services nationally move towards new response standards this autumn which will introduce four new categories of response so that the most seriously ill patients are reached even more quickly, providing more ambulance cover as a consequence.

During the meeting, the executive and non-executive directors will also discuss the latest progress report on our people and culture initiatives as well as reports on the financial position, clinical quality, leadership, and performance. The Trust board will also welcome a family who will discuss their experience of sepsis and the role played by our service in dealing with them.

The session starts at 1.30pm at ambulance headquarters in Whiting Way, Melbourn, Cambridgeshire, and Twitter users can follow #EEASTBoard.

The Board papers can be found here: September Board Papers

  • Summary:

    Putting clinical excellence and development at the heart of the ambulance service must start with support for our staff, the organisation's bosses will reinforce at this month's Board meeting.