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Welsh Ambulance Service scheme to deliver enhanced care for North Wales patients nominated for two a

AN INITIATIVE to deliver enhanced care for patients in North Wales closer to home has been nominated for two awards.

The Welsh Ambulance Service’s Advanced Paramedic Practitioner (APP) pilot scheme has been shortlisted for both the Healthcare People Management Association Excellence Awards and the All Wales Continuous Improvement Community Awards.

Since November 2017, the team of 10 advanced paramedics has treated more than 1,000 patients across the region and in more than 70 per cent of cases prevented an unnecessary visit to hospital.

It’s estimated that this freed up an additional 732 ambulance hours to allow crews to provide a more timely response to those patients who require hospital transport.

Leading the project is the Welsh Ambulance Service’s Assistant Director of Paramedicine Andy Swinburn, who said he was delighted by the team’s recognition.

He said: “The APP pilot is an ambitious initiative aimed at providing high quality care for patients in North Wales.

“These two nominations are a testament to the excellent outcomes being delivered for people by our dedicated paramedics and the project team behind them.

“The pressures across the whole health system have been particularly significant this winter, which is why finding new ways of providing treatment is so important.

“By giving quality care early on in the patient’s involvement with the health system, this is helping to ease some of the pressure on Emergency Departments and other local services.

“On top of this our wider team of staff in the region are also drawing on the skills and experience of the advanced paramedics to further enhance the care they provide.”

There are two APPs in rapid response vehicles on shift each day, attending calls selected by another team member based in the Trust’s Clinical Contact Centre in Llanfairfechan.

Each has gained additional education, training and skills, and in the majority of cases can assess and treat patients out in the community, or refer them to the most appropriate care provider.

As well as assisting those whose condition is not immediately life-threatening, the team also attends red calls – the most serious category - when they are the nearest available resource.

It’s now hoped that this initiative will set the standard for future advanced practice schemes in Wales.

The All Wales Continuous Improvement Community Awards, which celebrate the hard work of public service practitioners in Wales, take place on 22 May 2018 at Margam Park near Port Talbot.

Meanwhile, the Healthcare People Management Association Excellence Awards recognise outstanding work in healthcare human resource management, and will be held on 7 June 2018 in London.

Notes to editors

Picture caption: Pictured from left to right are Assistant Director of Paramedicine Andy Swinburn, Duty Control Manager Ceri Roberts, Clinical Team Leader Ieuan Davies, Advanced Paramedic Practitioner Martin Lisin and Regional Utilisation Manager Gill Pleming on the APP desk at the Trust’s Clinical Contact Centre in Llanfairfechan.

For more information regarding this press release, please call Communications Officer Liam Randall on 01745 532511 or 07841 840 632 or email Liam.Randall@wales.nhs.uk  


11 Apr 2018 11:07




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