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Patient Care and Quality of Services at the top of Ambulance Trust Board Meeting Agenda in Sheffield

30 September 2013

Attendees at the Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust Board meeting held in public and Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Sheffield (24 September 2013) were provided with an overview of developments and achievements in patient care at the Trust during 2012-13 and the current year.

In addition, Lead Nurse for Urgent Care Angela Harris delivered a presentation outlining the work being done to improve end-of-life care for patients and discussed partnership working with GPs and hospitals to develop this further.

The Trust’s Annual Report, Quality Accounts and Financial Summary 2012-13 document was also launched at the AGM and is now available at http://www.yas.nhs.uk/Publications/YAS_Report_and_Accounts_2012-13/index.html

The Trust continues to achieve the national response standards for its emergency service. Latest figures for the year-to-date (up to the end of August) show that emergency ambulances reached 76.99% of the most seriously ill and injured patients within 8 minutes and 97.51% within 19 minutes (the national response standards are 75% and 95% respectively). 

The Trust Board also discussed the progress of its Foundation Trust (FT) application and the on-going commitment of the Board to achieve FT status.

Commenting, Yorkshire Ambulance Service Chairman Della Cannings QPM, said: “Providing high quality, safe and responsive care to our patients remains our top priority and this is evidenced in our Quality Accounts which have been published as part of our Annual Report and Accounts. We continue to develop our services and very much welcome the feedback from our patients and healthcare colleagues to enable us to do this effectively.”

The next Trust Board meetings to be held in public will take place on:

  • Tuesday 26 November 2013 – The Spa, Bridlington, East Yorkshire
  • Tuesday 28 January 2014 – The Chadwick Lawrence Suite, The John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.

If you would like to attend the meeting please register your interest by emailing corp-comms@yas.nhs.uk or telephoning 01924 584035.

Notes to Editor:
1. The Trust Board is legally responsible for the leadership, direction, control and risk
 management of the Trust and its main responsibilities include:

  • setting the strategic aims of Yorkshire Ambulance Service in order to meet organisational objectives and review management performance
  • setting the Trust’s values and standards to ensure its obligations to patients, the local community and the Secretary of State are understood and met
  • active leadership of the Trust which enables risks to be assessed and managed
  • working in partnership with key stakeholders and being ambassadors in promoting the success of the Trust.
The Trust Board meets in public every two months which ensures that the Board’s decision-making process is open and transparent. In addition, the Board meets at least once a month to develop ideas, look at the greater detail of issues and undertake further work.

After each Trust Board meeting held in public, the minutes are posted on the Trust’s external website for everyone to access: www.yas.nhs.uk/AboutUs/Governance.html

2. Yorkshire Ambulance Service is holding its public Trust Board meetings at various locations across the region in a move to engage with local communities and to give people the opportunity to find out more about its work.

3. The Trust covers almost 6,000 square miles of varied terrain from isolated moors and dales to urban areas, coastline and inner cities and provides 24-hour emergency and healthcare services to a population of more than five million people. The organisation receives an average of 2,180 emergency and urgent calls per day and employs over 4,600 staff. Our Patient Transport Service makes just under one million journeys per year transporting patients to and from hospital and treatment centre appointments.

Produced By: Corporate Communications Department