Rapid Response Vehicle Staff

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Dear East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust,

Please could you tell me whether your Emergency Ambulances are crewed by Paramedic and Technician and whether your response cars are Technician only and if so does the equipment carried on the cars vary?

Yours faithfully,

S.P Reader

foi (EAST OF ENGLAND AMBULANCE SERVICE NHS TRUST), East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust

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foi (EAST OF ENGLAND AMBULANCE SERVICE NHS TRUST), East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Dear S P Reader,

Further to your email on the 14th July 2017, please find the Trust’s response below. Your request has been allocated the following reference: 11789 please quote this reference in any future correspondence with the Trust.

Please could you tell me whether your Emergency Ambulances are crewed by Paramedic and Technician and whether your response cars are Technician only and if so does the equipment carried on the cars vary?

Emergency Ambulances have a varied skill mix and paramedics are deployed separately where required, which is a relatively low percentage of all calls. The Trust will strive to have a Paramedic on every ambulance. However; where this is not possible due to a national shortage of Paramedics, clinical skills mix, the ambulance crew will consist of a member of staff trained to at least technician level (now named associate ambulance technicians) plus one other.

With reference to Rapid Response Vehicles (cars), these are primarily paramedic led however on rare occasion we will staff cars with the equivalent to ambulance technician level. As above, where a paramedic may be required, one will be deployed in line with clinical guidance.

Our ambulances and cars carry equipment to a standard agreed level and this does not vary in the event the specific skill set is different. The only occasions this may change is with specialised response such as critical care Paramedics or Emergency Care Practitioners where the drugs they carry may vary dependant on their specific specialities and work undertaken. Hazardous Area Response Team resources carry specialist equipment for specific specialist rescue.

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 [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 www.ico.gov.uk.

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

Kind regards

FoI Officer
East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust

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From: S.P Reader <[FOI #418377 email]>
Sent: 14 July 2017 15:52
To: foi (EAST OF ENGLAND AMBULANCE SERVICE NHS TRUST)
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Rapid Response Vehicle Staff

Dear East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust,

Please could you tell me whether your Emergency Ambulances are crewed by Paramedic and Technician and whether your response cars are Technician only and if so does the equipment carried on the cars vary?

Yours faithfully,

S.P Reader

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Dear foi (EAST OF ENGLAND AMBULANCE SERVICE NHS TRUST),

Many thanks for providing the relevant information. :)

Yours sincerely,

S.P Reader

foi (EAST OF ENGLAND AMBULANCE SERVICE NHS TRUST), East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust

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exceeds available resources and given the need for all Trusts to reduce
corporate expenditure to within those targets set by the Carter Review, no
additional capacity is available to support our increasing workload.
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impact on our ability to respond to your request as soon as we would like.

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