AFAC 2014, Australasia’s largest emergency services conference, takes place in Wellington next week. ORH will be co-presenting a paper with Fire and Rescue New South Wales on the use of the Dynamic Cover Tool, focusing on its importance during the bushfires of October 2013. A case study on this project is available here. In addition, ORH will be exhibiting at the trade show – come and visit us at Booth 15 for a demonstration of the DCT and a chance to win a Kindle Paperwhite.
ORH is working with South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust in quantifying the relationship between CCG rurality and the costs and standards of service provision. In previous ORH work into rural service provision for the emergency services, an indicator was developed that performed better than simple population density in differentiating costs of provision for normalised service standards – the ‘weighted geometric mean of ward-based population density’. As part of the ORH work for SWASFT, this value was calculated for all ten Trusts using 2011 Census data, and the results are shown on the map.
ORH’s Dynamic Cover Tool – the DCT – is now operating live in London Ambulance Service’s Emergency Operations Centre in Waterloo. The DCT is supporting Control Officers in ensuring that available Fast Response Units (FRUs) are optimally positioned 24/7 in order to ensure equitable response cover to life threatening ‘Red’ incidents across London. Find out more about our Dynamic Cover Tool here.