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Ambulance Trust Chairman Confirms Reappointment at Board Meeting in Huddersfield

01 February 2014

The NHS Trust Development Authority has announced that the Chairman of Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust, Ms Della M Cannings QPM, will be reappointed from 9 May 2014 which was confirmed at the Trust Board Meeting held in public in Huddersfield on 28 January 2014.

Della Cannings QPM, has been Chairman at the Trust since May 2010.  Prior to this she served for 32 years as a police officer in the Devon and Cornwall Constabulary, Cleveland Police and North Yorkshire Police and was Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Police between 2002 and 2007.  She holds the Queen’s Police Medal (QPM) and is also Director of the Association of Ambulance Service Chief Executives and a Member of the Institute of Directors.

Chief Executive David Whiting said: “I am delighted that Della has been reappointed as Chairman of Yorkshire Ambulance Service.  This will provide stability and continuity for our organisation and it will be a pleasure to continue working with Della to shape the Trust’s future and drive forward further improvements in the care we provide to our patients.”

Della Cannings QPM commented: “It is both enjoyable and rewarding to chair the Yorkshire Ambulance Service Trust Board, working with those who are passionate about delivering high quality services to the communities of Yorkshire and beyond.  I am delighted to continue in my role as Chairman and look forward to being part of future developments.”

At the Trust Board meeting, the latest industrial action by Unite the Union was discussed and the Chairman highlighted the Board’s continued disappointment at the inaccurate and misleading information being released by the union.

Chief Executive David Whiting confirmed that UNISON is the largest trade union within the Trust with 3,000 members.  By contrast, Unite the Union has around 370 members with only 150 participating in the recent vote and 114 being in favour of strike action.  He confirmed that robust contingency plans were in place to minimise the level of disruption to its services and ensure that patients continue to receive responsive, effective and safe care. Senior representatives from the Trust had instigated talks with ACAS and Unite the Union in an attempt to avert the industrial action.

Attendees at the meeting were also given an overview of developments at the Trust to support patients with mental health problems in a presentation by Head of Safeguarding David Blain and Lead Nurse for Urgent Care Angela Harris.  In addition, Katrina Dixon, a Paramedic at the Trust, shared her experience of being on the receiving end of emergency care and treatment when she became a patient following a road traffic collision where she was seriously injured. 

Chairman Della Cannings QPM confirmed that the Trust is introducing a YAS Forum with elected Public, Staff and Appointed Forum Members to represent the wide range of external stakeholders it works in partnership with.  Members will be elected in May 2014 and the Forum will exist until such time that a Foundation Trust Council of Governors is established.  Anyone who is interested in being considered for the YAS Forum can find out more details on the website: http://www.yas.nhs.uk/foundationtrust/Your_Ambulance_Servi1.pdf

The next Trust Board meeting to be held in public will take place on Tuesday 25 March 2014 at the Rendezvous Hotel, Keighley Road, Skipton, North Yorkshire.

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

Produced By: Corporate Communications Department