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Yorkshire Ambulance Service Trust Board discusses current performance challenges and highlights importance of CPR training

28 November 2014

At the region’s ambulance service Trust Board Meeting held in public in York on Tuesday 25 November 2014, members of the Trust Board and attendees heard about some of the organisation’s latest successes, challenges and key developments.

The meeting, on this occasion held at the National Railway Museum, regularly moves around the region so residents can come and see the Board working, meet the Board members and ask questions.

Following a presentation and a story from a patient’s relative on the importance of the use of defibrillators and managing patients who were potentially suffering from strokes in the right way, the Board called on members of local community groups to take advantage of free first aid training as it is well known that if a bystander starts CPR before the arrival of the ambulance, the patient’s chances of survival double.

Chairman Della Cannings said, “We already spend considerable time and effort providing free training in CPR, including to almost 12,000 schoolchildren earlier this year, and we are in the perfect position to help members of clubs and groups improve their first aid skills. I urge any local group to get in touch with us if they think their members could benefit from training and we will do our best to help.”

For enquiries about free first aid training please contact Ali Richardson, email ali.richardson@yas.nhs.uk or telephone: 01924 584416.
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The Board is in place to ensure that the Trust develops and delivers the highest standards of patient care and went on to discuss current pressures around high demand for services and highlighted that extra resource had been made available across areas where the highest demands had been seen.

Chairman Della Cannings added, “Winter is traditionally a time when the demand for our services increases. Despite some of the difficulties, reaching patients as quickly as possible and providing high quality clinical care remains our top priority. The public can play their part to help us meet this very challenging target and we urge people to use our 999 service responsibly and ask that they consider alternative healthcare services, such as their GP, a pharmacist or the NHS 111 urgent care service for less serious illnesses and injuries.”

The Board also discussed a planned inspection from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) scheduled for January, the impact of the national NHS strike earlier in the week and the Trust’s preparedness for any Ebola cases should they enter the region. They also heard about how the Trust is working with its Commissioners and other providers in the health system to improve patient outcomes.

The Chairman thanked the YAS staff, members of the public, Clinical Commissioning Groups and Governor and Non-Executive Director representatives from organisations such as local hospitals for attending the meeting. Also in attendance were members of the YAS Forum who were appointed earlier this year to help the Trust better represent patients and the public. Anyone wanting to become a member of Yorkshire Ambulance Service can apply via the Trust’s website: http://www.yas.nhs.uk/foundationtrust/c_Why_become_A_Member.html

The next Trust Board Meetings to be held in public will take place as follows:

  • Tuesday 27 January 2015 in South Yorkshire (venue to be confirmed
  • Tuesday 24 March 2015 in East Yorkshire (venue to be confirmed)


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

Produced By: Corporate Communications Department