Public Sector Event

The Independent Ambulance Association (IAA) Annual Conference 2014 - The Vital Link

Venue: ICO Conference Centre
22 Berners Street

Date: 2 Apr 2014

Synopsis: The programme takes an in-depth look at improving practice and the patient experience from the perspectives of all those working in partnership to deliver an efficient and high quality ambulance service.

“Independent ambulance services have long played an important part in helping the NHS ambulance services manage peaks in demand. The NHS ambulance services will increasingly have a vital role in ensuring patients are treated in the most appropriate care setting – and this may not necessarily be in A&E – often it involves being treated at the scene, and requires better integration with primary and community care. Without the professionalism and commitment shown by these organisations to help deliver NHS ambulance services, it would have been harder for the NHS to deliver high quality services to patients – particularly when their need is acute. ” Earl Howe, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Quality Chaired by Mark Easton, BBC Home Editor, The Independent Ambulance Association (IAA) annual conference will focus on ‘The Vital Link’ (published by the IAA and due to be released in November 2013) and the role of the Independent Ambulance Service in the New NHS. “We believe that the independent ambulance sector is a vital link that will continue to play its role in caring for patients….. our vision is of a market where NHS, independent and charity services can work together on equal terms in an environment which encourages high standards of patient care, exemplary safety records, and good value for money for NHS commissioners and other buyers of ambulance services." The Vital Link, IAA Report November 2013 A panel session will focus on the Vital Link with the NHS and how the independent ambulance sector can work in partnership with the NHS to improve practice and patient experience. Panel members include; Dr Anthony Marsh, Chair, The Association of Ambulance Chief Executives, and Andrew Foster, Chief Executive, Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust. Delegates will hear further national updates from; Monitor on the National Tariff, the Care Quality Commission on Regulation, and NHS England on Improving Quality, as well as local experiences of practice from an Ambulance Commissioner and an Integrated Care Pilot site. This conference is an important opportunity for all those working in both the private and public sectors to come together and share their ideas and practice to improve the UK ambulance service. “The key critical success factor to independent ambulance services working effectively as part of the wider health system, is that they work effectively with NHS providers” The Vital Link, IAA Report, November 2013


Kerry Tarrant Tel: 01932 429933 Fax: 020 8181 6491