At the recent LGA Fire Conference 2014 in Cardiff, the topics of greater collaboration with the ambulance service and the potential for co-responding were frequently discussed. In 2008, ORH was commissioned by Communities and Local Government (CLG) to undertake a study into Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) co-responding. The final report was published by CLG in January 2009 and is available to download here.
ORH completed a Patient Transport Service (PTS) modelling review for the Trust covering West Yorkshire in early March 2014 and has now been commissioned to extend the work to the whole of Yorkshire. The overall aim is to identify the PTS vehicle and staff deployments required to meet contracted standards of service given the current demand profile and future year demand projections. The outcomes of ORH’s recent emergency service modelling study that identified an appropriate ‘Hub and Spoke’ system for A&E resources are to be taken into account in determining optimum PTS resource deployment locations.
This year, ORH entered a team into the annual Reading Charity Pancake Race to help raise money for homeless charity Launchpad. The relay race of tossing pancakes took place in Reading town centre with 30 teams from local businesses taking part in fancy dress. The ORH team were egged-on by their colleagues and had a flipping good time, but unfortunately they were battered by the competition. A fantastic total of £1,169 was raised for Launchpad.