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SECAmb statement on collaborative working with SCAS

2 August 2016
“South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) recently agreed to formal collaborative working with its neighbouring ambulance service, South Central Ambulance Service, (SCAS).
 
“In a move to support improvements and deliver better outcomes for patients, more expertise and best practice will be shared between the two foundation trusts.
 
“The closer working follows similar approaches elsewhere in the country and is in line with the Carter Review, published in February this year, in which it is set out that procedures should be standardised and neighbouring NHS trusts should work more closely to save money and improve care.
 
“The work will include an initial focus on areas identified as requiring urgent attention following SECAmb’s recent CQC inspection. Both trusts will explore further opportunities to work together to reduce costs, accelerate improvements and maintain high quality services for patients.
 
Agreed by mutual consent by both organisations’ Boards, full accountability for all decisions will remain with the two separate unitary statutory boards.”
 
SECAmb Acting Chief Executive Geraint Davies said: “As we have seen elsewhere in the ambulance sector, there has been a move to share best practices and work more collaboratively in key areas. I’m extremely proud of the work which is already taking place within SECAmb to rise to the challenges we face as an organisation, address the issues highlighted in our recent CQC inspection and provide our patients with the level of service they deserve.
 
“However, it’s vital that we use every means at our disposal to achieve our aims. This is why we’ve agreed to this collaborative approach to see where we can better share knowledge. I’m keen that we see where we can share some of our excellent work with our colleagues at South Central and equally tap into what they do best.”

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