News 2017-01-23T16:21:21+00:00


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IAA first 2018 Membership certificates issued.

IAA first 2018 Membership certificates issued The first 2018 IAA Membership certificates have been issued to companies who've committed to support the work of the Association for the coming year. With Member companies in all 4 [...]

Care Quality Commission – Ratings Consultation open

CQC Ratings Consultation CQC has launched the third consultation on their next phase of regulation covering independent healthcare such as ambulance providers, acute hospitals, doctors and clinics, online providers of primary care and substance [...]

Care Quality Commission – Ratings Focus Group

CQC Ratings Focus Group Following on from the announcement by the Department of Health in September 2017 to extend the Ratings of providers to include independent ambulance providers, the CQC held a Focus Group [...]

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IAA forms national PTS Framework Task Group

IAA forms national PTS Framework Task Group At their recent Board meeting, IAA Directors also agreed to form a national PTS Framework Task Group. The Group will be Co-Chaired by IAA Director Ed Potter and [...]

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IAA forms CQC Guidance Task Group

IAA forms CQC Guidance Task Group At their recent Board meeting, IAA Directors agreed to form a CQC Guidance Task Group to develop guidance for Member companies in preparing for and managing CQC inspections. The [...]

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IAA appoint new Directors

IAA appoint new Directors We're pleased to announce the appointment of 5 new Directors to the Board, who bring a wealth of experience across a range of provision and scale: Alan Carter (G4S) Andy King [...]

Care Quality Commission – The state of healthcare in England 2016/17

Care Quality Commission - The state of healthcare in England 2016/17  The Association was invited to the unveiling of the Care Quality Commission's report "The state of healthcare and adult social care in England [...]

Life Connections 2018 takes to the road

Life Connections 2018 Life Connections 2018 is on the road this year running one day regional conference events, which started with a successful day in Harrogate and three more events at the following venues: [...]

Care Quality Commission to extend ratings to independent ambulance providers.

CQC to extend ratings systems to independent ambulance providers The Department of Health has published its response to the August 2016 consultation on extending CQC ratings to additional providers. The Association welcomes this announcement [...]

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Emergency Services Show, 19th – 20th September 2018 (NEC, Birmingham)

Emergency Services Show, 20th-21st September, NEC The Emergency Services Show will be returning to the NEC on the 19th-20th September and will be in Hall 5. If you're reading this and thinking of exhibiting, why [...]

BBC highlights challenge of moving bariatric patients and how the independent sector has geared up

BBC News has highlighted the increasing incidents of ambulance services conveying bariatric patients and the challenges they face. The report also highlights the changes NHS Ambulance Trusts have made to their vehicle fleets. The [...]

Code Blue delivers custom made ECMO retrieval vehicle

Code Blue Specialist Vehicles recently delivered a custom made vehicle for the North East Children's Transport and Retrieval Team. Commenting on the delivery Chris Manfield, MD at Code Blue, said "The new vehicle is [...]

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IAA Executive Chairman meets with colleagues from the CQC.

IAA Executive Chairman, Alan Howson, recently met with colleagues from the CQC as part of the Associations regular conversations with Government Departments, Regulators and key stakeholders. Commenting on the meeting, Alan Howson said "The [...]

Care Quality Commission: Celebrating good care championing outstanding care (April 2017)

The Care Quality Commission has published examples inspectors have seen of good and outstanding care. The publication can be downloaded via this link: Celebrating good care, championing outstanding care.

Paramedic Trailblazer Apprenticeship – approval to develop given

Following consultation on a proposed level 6 Trailblazer Paramedic Apprenticeship the Department for Education has approved the development. The work will be overseen by the newly created Institute for Apprenticeships. No timescale has been [...]

Victoria Derbyshire – State of the NHS programme

Victoria Derbyshire “State of the NHS” programme – thoughts from the audience A very interesting morning as a member of the audience debating the state of the NHS. The BBC did an excellent job [...]

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Volvo Cars – offers and new emergency vehicles

Volvo Cars - offers and new emergency vehicles Our partners at Volvo Cars UK have shared information on competitive prices on stock cars available for immediate delivery. Volvo Cars UK has also released their new [...]

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Medical Alert – Physio Control defibrillators

Medical Alert - Physio Control defibrillators Our attention has been drawn to a Medical Alert issued by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) regarding faulty defibrillators manufactured by Physio Control If you [...]

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Should Ambulance Technicians be registered

Should Ambulance Technicians be registered   Our Executive Chairman, Alan Howson, was interviewed on the Victoria Derbyshire show on 6th October, responding to questions raised in relation to the tragic case of Gary Page [...]

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IAA at the ESS

News updates Thanks to all those who stopped by to share their thoughts with the Association at the ESS; it's good to listen. Thanks also to Clare Short (IAA Director) and business partner colleagues [...]

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National Ambulance Memorial Service, 15th September

National Ambulance Memorial Service, 15th September Alan Howson (Executive Chairman) represented the Association at the the Ambulance Services Memorial Services held at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire on 15th September 2016. The event [...]

CQC ratings consultation

CQC ratings consultation We are pleased to share the news that the anomaly of the ratings issued by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) for Ambulance providers only applying to NHS Ambulance Trusts finally looks [...]

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Bristol Ambulance Service

Bristol Ambulance Service Colleagues at Bristol Ambulance Service shared their great news on winning a 5 year contract with Bristol Ambulance with University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust to provide of Neo-Natal and Paediatric [...]

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Margaret Serna CBE

Margaret Serna CBE We're delighted to share the news that Margaret Serna, one of Directors, was awarded the CBE in the Queens Birthday Honours list for services to Further Education. A very well done [...]

BBC interviews May 2016

BBC interviews May 2016 Colin Vanlint James Barnes: Alan Howson: BBC Surrey James Barnes: BBC Radio Essex