One of an estimated 5,000 independent ambulance vehicles supporting the NHS.

The IAA has today (17th March 2020) written to the Cabinet Office to highlight the impact the coronavirus is having on its Members and the independent ambulance sector more broadly.

In short, the cancelling of non-emergency patient journeys and elective treatments will see activity levels for some providers reduce from 100% to 0% within a matter of days.

At a time when the NHS is relying on the indpendent ambulance sector to provide support at the most challenging period in its history, particularly the transporting of suspected/confirmed coronavirus patients, the Association has been liaising with NHS England/Improvement and the Cabinet Office on proposals to ensure the NHS continues to receive the support it needs.

Commenting, the Association’s Executive Chairman Alan Howson said “This a critical period for the NHS and for our Members who provide support to it in many forms. We look forward to a positive response to the proposals we’ve put forward, which we believe are realistic and will provide the financial support necessary for the sector to continue its vital role.”

Public Health England coronavirus guidance
The latest guidance from Public Health Enlgand to Ambulance Services on managing coronavirus patients can be found via this link. This guidance is updated on a regular basis to reflect Government advice.

CQC coronavirus guidance
The Care Quality Commission is also producing Updates on the requirements for registered providers on a regular basis, which can be found via this link.

For independent ambulance providers there is a requirement to record the number of staff who self-isolate and to review and update risk assessments in light of this.