Review of Arrangements for the Provision of the Emergency Ambulance Service in the Dublin Region

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The Health Service Executive and Dublin City Council have agreed to commission a joint review of all aspects of the emergency ambulance service operated by Dublin Fire Brigade in the Dublin city and county area. The review will compare the DFB service with the service provided by the NAS and will examine the current arrangements for the provision of the emergency ambulance service in the Dublin area. The review will be focused on identifying a model that ensures optimal provision of emergency ambulance services and patient care delivery taking account of quality, patient safety and value for money.

The review will be conducted by:

Mr. Derek Brady former Deputy City Manager, Dublin City Council and County Manager Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and Mr. Martin Flaherty, OBE; Managing Director, Association of UK Ambulance Chief Executives, London.

They have been asked to report back by 31 May 2014. They will invite submissions from a set of pre-determined key stakeholders.

ENDS 

Note to Editor

Terms of Reference

The emergency ambulance service in the Dublin city and county area is currently provided by the Health Service Executive’s National Ambulance Service (NAS) and by Dublin Fire Brigade’s Emergency Ambulance Service.

The Health Service Executive and Dublin City Council have agreed to commission a joint review of all aspects of the emergency ambulance service operated by the Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) in Dublin city and county. The areas to be explored include the scale of DFB ambulance provision, lines of accountability, compliance with national quality standards, the level of activity and performance, clinical governance arrangements, financial aspects of service provision, data reporting and analysis arrangements, and call taking and dispatch arrangements. The review will compare the DFB service with the service provided by the NAS and will be focussed on identifying a model that ensures optimal provision of emergency ambulance services, taking account of quality, patient safety and value for money. The review will consider international best practice where it is available and applicable to the Dublin context and will have regard to the strategic direction of both DFB and the NAS.

The review will set out to achieve the following two primary objectives:

  • To determine the optimal model of ambulance provision which ensures that patients receive the highest standard of emergency response and where the care provided meets all national safety and quality standards;
  • To determine the most cost effective model of provision going forward, which ensures optimal ‘value for money’ for the public purse.
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