Annual Review 2017: Investing In Our People, Vehicles And Equipment To Save More Lives

 Friday 8 September 2017

At the Scottish Ambulance Service’s Annual Review in Dundee today, Chairman David Garbutt, will report that significant investment is further enabling the Service to save more lives.

Speaking ahead of the Caird Hall event, which will be chaired by The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, Shona Robison, Mr Garbutt said, “We recognise the need to invest in our workforce, fleet and equipment in order to save more lives and improve clinical outcomes for patients at a time when demand is increasing across Scotland. 

“This is why we recently announced that, as well as training 1,000 additional paramedics by 2020, almost 2,600 paramedics and technicians will be moving to higher pay bands with updated job descriptions that reflect the additional skills and knowledge they now need. These changes were agreed in partnership with staff and trade union representatives, and reflect the value the Service places on developing our workforce.

“We are recruiting more scheduled care staff for our vital patient transport service in recognition of the thousands of patients who require the assistance of skilled ambulance care assistants when travelling to and from hospital appointments each year. We are also working closely with health board partners and communities across Scotland to develop more integrated transport hubs.

“Additionally, we are investing ?78.2 million in our national fleet over the next five years with approximately 1,000 new vehicles scheduled for introduction. This investment, including the introduction of electric paramedic response units, will significantly improve the operational capacity of our fleet and ensure vehicles meet patient and staff needs.

“The Service also continues to play a pivotal role in Scotland’s integrated trauma network. We recently invested in major trauma equipment for use by all our frontline staff, which will enable us to improve outcomes for the thousands of severely injured patients we respond to every year.

“Patients have undoubtedly benefited from this significant additional investment in the Service, and will continue to do so, as we work to further enhance the delivery of patient-centred care across Scotland, saving more lives and treating more people at home and in community settings in line with our ‘Towards 2020’ strategy.

“Since the introduction of our new clinical response model in November last year, the percentage of patients resuscitated following an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest is increasing and conveying resources are now being sent more frequently to patients likely to need to be taken to definitive care. It is anticipated that we will save even more lives as we continue to develop the model.

“I would like to thank all our frontline scheduled and unscheduled care staff, volunteers, support staff and partners for their exceptional hard work over the course of the last year. It is greatly appreciated by the board, patients and public across Scotland.”