BASICS responders and the Deregulation Act 2015

Dr Robert S. Coull made this Freedom of Information request to South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

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Dr Robert S. Coull

Dear South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust,

With the introduction of Section 50 and Schedule 9 of the Deregulation Act 2015, it became lawful for vehicles responding to an emergency at the request of an NHS ambulance service to respond using emergency warning devices and to claim certain exemptions from road traffic legislation in order to make safe progress without un-necessary delay to bring skilled help to patients with life or limb threatening emergencies. One such group are doctors, nurses, and paramedics who are members of the charity the British Association for Immediate Care and who attend life threatening emergencies at the request of NHS ambulance services across the UK.

Please could you provide me with the following information.

1. Does your ambulance service task BASICS responders to 999 calls?

2. If yes, do any of those responders make use of the relevent sections of the Deregulation Act 2015 when responding in their own (or third party organisation) vehicles?

3. If yes, what governance procedures do you have in place (if any) for this? (Eg: Section 19 driver training, Memorandum of Understanding, Honourary Contracts etc..)

Thank you in advance for your assistance with this request. Your time is appreciated, and your answers will be used to improve the services we provide to patients.

Yours faithfully,

Dr Robert S. Coull

Information Governance, South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear Dr Robert S. Coull

 

Thank you for your request for information regarding BASICS responders
which we received on 23 February 2018.

 

We will deal with this request in accordance with your right of access to
information we hold under the Freedom of Information Act and I attach a
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Debbie

 

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South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

 

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Information Governance, South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear Dr Robert S. Coull

 

I refer to our acknowledgement on 25 January 2018 of your request for
information regarding BASICS responders under the provisions of the
Freedom of Information Act.  We are able to provide the following
information:

 

Information requested Our Response

 
With the introduction of Section 50 and Yes
Schedule 9 of the Deregulation Act
2015, it became lawful for vehicles
responding to an emergency at the
request of an NHS ambulance service to
respond using emergency warning devices
and to claim certain exemptions from
road traffic legislation in order to
make safe progress without un-necessary
delay to bring skilled help to patients
with life or limb threatening
emergencies.   One such group are
doctors, nurses, and paramedics who are
members of the charity the British
Association for Immediate Care and who
attend life threatening emergencies at
the request of NHS ambulance services
across the UK.

 

Please could you provide me with the
following information.

 

1.  Does your ambulance service task
BASICS responders to 999 calls?

 
2.  If yes, do any of those responders Yes
make use of the relevant sections of
the Deregulation Act 2015 when
responding in their own (or third party
organisation) vehicles?

 
3.  If yes, what governance procedures All responders receive driver
do you have in place (if any) for training in line with the Trust’s
this?  (Eg: Section 19 driver training, requirements.
Memorandum of Understanding, Honourary
Contracts etc..)  

  There is a Memorandum of
Understanding in place relating to
governance and training.

 

All responders hold an honorary
contract.

 

Vehicles are safety checked by the
Trust’s in house workshops

 

Refresher driver training is
undertaken regularly.

 

 

We are aware that the format of our standard FOI response, where the
information is tabled as part of the body of an email, can appear a little
strangely on the What Do They Know website, so I have also attached the
response in a word document for your convenience.

 

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In the first instance you may write to the Chief Executive of this Trust

 

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South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

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Exeter  EX2 7HY

 

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Regards

 

Kate Minett | Acting Assistant Information Governance Manager

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

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