Service arrangements for Monday 19 September 2022

Monday 19 September has been designated a Bank Holiday to mark the State Funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service will continue to provide a pre-hospital Emergency Service and will also support other HSC Trusts as they endeavour to maintain as many scheduled inpatient, day case and diagnostic services as possible.

As Emergency Ambulance Services throughout UK will continue as normal, the public, if requiring urgent or emergency care, should call 999 without delay. To assist us on the day, we would remind callers that they should not call back to check on arrival times of an ambulance as this blocks lines into Emergency Ambulance Control for others with an urgent need. All calls will be dealt with based on clinical need.

Click here for statement from Department of Health on Health and Social Care arrangements for Monday 19 September 2022

Advanced Critical Care Programme initiated at NIAS

NIAS is delighted to announce the introduction of an Advanced Critical Care programme with the appointment of Advanced Paramedics into the Service. We are lucky enough to have one member of staff who already has the qualification, obtained through previous employment, and have five other Paramedics who, as trainee Advanced Paramedics, will now undertake a course of study, leading to a Post Grad Diploma, alongside a period of Consultant mentorship.

 

During training the APs will operate within the HEMS team as part of a HEMS Advanced Paramedic Critical Care team, undertaking all the normal duties associated with HEMS. As the role evolves the APCC team will extend their practice into NIAS frontline operational duties. This will bring great benefit to those patients whose clinical need is most urgent as they benefit from the expert clinical practice associated with the programme. NIAS frontline colleagues will also have an extra resource to call upon for the most seriously ill or injured. Additionally the APCC team will progress education and research within the Service, providing visible leadership through the practice of teaching and mentorship.

 

This is one of the most exciting developments within NIAS in recent times and we look forward to the entire team gaining the necessary qualifications which will lead to them providing, as autonomous practitioners working within a pre-determined scope of practice, high-quality clinical care for patients with a variety of clinical conditions. We wish them all luck in the months ahead.