Dear East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust,

I am writing to request information on endotracheal intubation in your trust. Specifically:

- Which staff grades (e.g. EMT, NQP, paramedic, CCP, Dr, etc) are allowed to intubate, as a core skill of their clinical grade?

- Which staff roles (e.g. frontline paramedic, HART paramedic, managers, BASICS, etc) are allowed to intubate, as a core skill in their role?

- What are the requirements for individual clinicians to demonstrate and maintain competency in intubation?

- Does the trust plan to expand intubation to further grades/roles in the trust?

- Do trust paramedics perform needle cricothyroidotomy?

Yours faithfully,

Bob Smith

FOI, East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust

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Dear Bob

 

Further to your email dated 9th April 2022, please find the Trust's
response below.  Your request has been allocated the following reference:
39048, please could you quote this reference in any future correspondence
with the Trust.

 

I am writing to request information on endotracheal intubation in your
trust. Specifically:

 

- Which staff grades (e.g. EMT, NQP, paramedic, CCP, Dr, etc) are allowed
to intubate, as a core skill of their clinical grade?

Currently AP/SP in Critical care. We have commenced the roll out to the
LOM group across the Trust where they want to practice the skill again.
This is voluntary.

 

- Which staff roles (e.g. frontline paramedic, HART paramedic, managers,
BASICS, etc) are allowed to intubate, as a core skill in their role?

Same as above, This does include BASICS where trained and maintained
competency.

 

- What are the requirements for individual clinicians to demonstrate and
maintain competency in intubation?

The requirements are in line with the College of Paramedics Guidance on
pre hospital intubation. There is a training package, assessment and then
ongoing evidence of at least two intubations per month. This can be
actual, or simulated and there must be peer review to confirm this.

 

- Does the trust plan to expand intubation to further grades/roles in the
trust?

There are no plans to expand any further the return of the skill given the
evidence and exposure to actual practice.

 

- Do trust paramedics perform needle cricothyroidotomy?

Yes our Trust Paramedics do continue to practice needle cricothyroidotomy.

 

 

I am obliged to advise you that if you are dissatisfied with the Trust’s
response to your request you have a right to complain to the Trust and
should set out your concerns to the Freedom of Information Officer, EEAST,
Hospital Approach, Broomfield, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 7WS or by email to
[1][East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust request email]. If you remain dissatisfied following this, you have
a right under Section 50 of the FOIA to seek a determination from the
Information Commissioner on whether the Act has been properly applied by
the Trust. For more information, please see [2]www.ico.gov.uk/

 

Under the Accessible Information Standard the Trust is required to ask our
FoI applicants equality and diversity questions. You are under no
obligation; however we would be grateful if you could complete the form
attached and email this back to us.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you require any further
information.

 

Kind regards

 

FoI Officer

East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust

 

Email: [East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust request email]

 

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