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Chairman’s Six-year Contribution to Regional and National Ambulance Services Highlighted at Ambulance Trust Board Meeting

This week’s Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) NHS Trust Board Meeting held in public in York was chaired for the last time by Chairman Ms Della M Cannings QPM who is stepping down from her role in May after six years at the helm. 

A member of the public in attendance referenced her excellent leadership and cited the improvements made during her tenure.  This was echoed by Chief Executive Rod Barnes who thanked the Chairman for her tireless contribution to the Trust and her focus on improving patients’ experiences of the ambulance service both within Yorkshire and the Humber and at a national level.

Ms Della M Cannings QPM also reflected on her period in office and, whilst acknowledging the significant improvements that have been made in recent years, she highlighted areas of focus for the future.

A presentation by Chris Sharp, the Trust’s Head of Leadership and Learning, gave attendees an insight into the work being done to ensure Yorkshire Ambulance Service is a ‘dementia friendly’ organisation.  He outlined the programme of dementia awareness training for staff and a dementia-friendly design in new non-emergency ambulances.

In addition, he spoke about recent improvements made at some hospital Patient Reception Centres to help create better environments for patients with dementia which have been funded by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service Charitable Fund. 

The agenda also included a patient story related to learning from an emergency incident involving a patient with dementia and updates on the Trust’s performance, challenges and key developments.  

The Trust Board discussed the improved emergency response times despite a declining national position and on-going challenges at some hospital emergency departments with handover of patients. Yorkshire Ambulance Service is performing well against the national Ambulance Clinical Quality Indicators (ACQIs), being first in seven of the 24 measures of clinical care delivered to patients and in the top half of the majority.

In addition, the Trust Board noted the work that has been undertaken to deliver the national Freedom to Speak Up recommendations across Yorkshire Ambulance Service and on the next steps for implementation to ensure that staff feel it is safe to raise any concerns and can be confident that they will be listened to and the concerns will be acted upon. 

The next Trust Board Meeting to be held in public will take place on Tuesday 24 May 2016 at the AESSEAL New York Stadium (Rotherham Football Ground), New York Way, Rotherham, South Yorkshire S60 1AH.

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