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John Smith made this Freedom of Information request to East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust

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Dear FOI Officer for East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust,

Please treat this e-mail via WhatDoTheyKnow.com as a request for
information under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act.

1) How many fully operational ambulance stations are there in the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust, broken down by county?

2) Please provide a breakdown, ambulance station by ambulance station, of the operational cover provided at each location. Please provide full shift start & end times, including the type of resource e.g. RRV (rapid response vehicle) or DSA (double staffed ambulance).

*Please note that if replying to this question would exceed the statutory time limit of 18 hours, then please provide information for Essex and Beds & Herts only

For example:

Peterborough Ambulance Station
2x DSA 0600-1800
2x DSA 1800-0600
2x DSA 0700-1900
2x DSA 1900-0700
1x RRV 0630-1830
1x RRV 1830-0630

3) i) How many vacant DSA paramedic lines are there across the trust, broken down by ambulance station? ii) How many vacant DSA non-paramedic lines are there across the trust, broken down by ambulance station? iii) How many vacant RRV lines are there across the trust, broken down by ambulance station? iv) How many DSA paramedic lines are staffed permanently or semi permanently by an ECA, EMT, SAP or QSAP due to paramedic shortages, broken down by ambulance station?

4) How many RRV lines are staffed permanently or semi permanently by an EMT or QSAP, broken down by ambulance station? Please clarify in each case whether this is due to a shortage of paramedic applicants or whether the clinician was on an RRV line prior to the trust opting to make these positions open to paramedics only.

5) i) Please clarify the minimum post qualification time requirement for an EMT or QSAP to work on a RRV (e.g. 6 months) ii) Please clarify the minimum post qualification time requirement for a paramedic to work on a RRV (and whether this differs for newly qualified paramedics who were previous an EMT or QSAP) iii) Can an EMT or QSAP who normally works on a DSA be required to work on an RRV for their relief shifts or is RRV work optional for non-paramedic staff?

6) Please provide details on any additional (trust imposed) training requirements, above and beyond the IHCD D1 / D2 driving course, for those staff who are moved from a DSA line to an RRV line, or commit to RRV shifts whilst on overtime or relief?

7) i) Where the senior clinician on a DSA is an EMT or QSAP, please provide details of any AMPDS codes where paramedic backup is dispatched automatically upon final coding (e.g. cardiac arrest/convulsions/traffic incidents) ii) Where the clinician on an RRV is a paramedic, please provide details of any AMPDS codes where DSA backup is dispatched automatically upon final coding (e.g. cardiac arrest/chest pain/traffic incidents) iii) Where the clinician on an RRV is an EMT or QSAP, please provide details of any AMPDS codes where in addition to the automatic allocation of DSA backup (as listed above), the dispatcher would automatically mobilise the nearest qualified paramedic resource, even if this involved dispatching a second RRV?

8) Does the trust have any plans at present to change the trust policy to either a) introduce further mandatory RRV specific training b) restrict the use of non-paramedic staff on RRVs such as EMTs c) change minimum post qualification time requirements prior to clinicians working solo on an RRV or as the senior clinician on a DSA.

I look forward to receiving your response within 20 working days.

Warmest Regards,
John Smith.

Dear John

Thank you for your email dated 23rd March 2015 where you requested information regarding the East of England Ambulance Service.

Your request will be dealt with under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and we will respond to you within twenty working days. Your request has been allocated the following reference: F18980 and I would be grateful if you could quote this reference in any future correspondence with the Trust.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely

FoI Officer
East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust

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Dear John

My apologies; the Trust is continuing to process your request, unfortunately we will not be in a position to respond today.

Once again, my apologies for this delay and any inconvenience caused.

Kind regards

FoI Officer
East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust

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Dear John

My apologies for the continued delay in our responding to you. We are continuing to process your request, and hope to have our response to you as soon as possible.

Kind regards

FoI Officer
East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust

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