A “ground-breaking” partnership between ambulance, fire and volunteer-based emergency services has been recognised with a major industry award.
The Joint Ambulance Coveyance Project (JACP), a pilot scheme involving East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS), LIVES (Lincolnshire Integrated Volunteer Emergency Service) and Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue (LFR) was successful at the HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards in London on Tuesday.
Organised by Health Service Journal magazine and hosted by comedian and star of TV’s The Chase Paul Sinha, the project won the Value and Improvement in Acute Service Redesign Award.
Steve Patton, community response manager for EMAS, said: “We were delighted to be involved in launching such a ground-breaking initiative and receiving this prestigious award really is the icing on the cake for everyone who worked so hard to make it a success.
“Several UK ambulance and fire services are considering the introduction of a JACP scheme in their areas and what was original set up as a solution for Lincolnshire is fast becoming a national and even an international one after we had a call from Canada which now also wants to share in this project.” Firefighters from Long Sutton were the first to take part in the project on September 17 2014, followed by crews from Stamford and Woodhall Spa.
Sean Taylor, LFR divisional commander, said: “It is fantastic news that we have won this award and it demonstrates how the emergency services are working together to deliver the best service possible for the residents of Lincolnshire.”
This prestigious award really is the icing on the cake for everyone who worked so hard to make such a ground-breaking initiative a success.Steve Patton, community response manager for EMAS
Dr Simon Topham, clinical director for LIVES, added: “We are hnoured to have received such an award which is testament to all the hard work of those involved.”