Friday 28th November 2014 — 2pm – Steve Parry.
West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) has been shortlisted for two prestigious honours at the forthcoming Health Business Awards.
The Trust has been shortlisted in the category of Ambulance Service Trust of the Year together with an Outstanding Achievement in Healthcare Award for its highly regarded Regional Trauma Network Response. Our health partner, Midlands Air Ambulance Charity is also shortlisted for Air Ambulance of the Year.
WMAS is recognised as one of the highest performing ambulance trusts in England and over the past twelve months has delivered its ‘Make Ready’ programme; recruited over 300 new paramedics and stepped-in to successfully manage the NHS 111 service for the majority of the West Midlands region.
The Trust has also established a dedicated Regional Trauma Desk in its Emergency Operations Centre in Brierley Hill as an integral part of the Regional Trauma Network Response. The desk is operated by highly skilled paramedics and combines with medical support from the Medical Emergency Response Intervention Team (MERIT) which includes trauma trained doctors and advanced paramedics.
The response to seriously injured patients is currently acknowledged as the best developed in England and represents a new approach to trauma care in the region, recording over 80 additional patient survivors. The MERIT team has attended over 3,500 cases with nearly 2,000 cases triggering a trauma alert since going live in March 2012.
WMAS Chief Executive, Dr Anthony Marsh, said: “I am delighted the Trust has been shortlisted for these awards. This reflects the exceptional work undertaken by everyone in the Trust as they consistently strive to be professional in their delivery of excellent patient care.”
Representatives from the Trust will be attending the awards on December 4th in London.