At a Glance

Preparing for the future, protecting lives today

NARU: Playing a vital role in UK resilience

  • NARU is part of the NHS, funded by the Emergency Preparedness, Resilience and Response Department of NHS England.
  • The Department of Health requires the NHS ambulance service to provide certain specialist functions and capabilities to contribute to the overall resilience of the UK. 
  • These ‘interoperable capabilities’ are mandated by NHS England through their contracts with individual ambulance services. NARU coordinates and maintains these capabilities at the national level.
  • Our work is heavily centred around improving patient outcomes. In other words, we aim to increase survival rates and improve clinical outcomes for patients who are involved in especially high-risk or dangerous situations.
  • Our work supports the specialist teams based in each of the ten English NHS ambulance services, helping them to provide an increasingly effective response to a range of high-risk emergencies – which in recent years has included a number of high-profile terror attacks.
  • However, we also help prepare these teams for many other challenging responses such as collapsed buildings, large scale transport crashes, incidents involving hazardous materials or dangerous chemical releases or where rescues must take place at height or in water.   
  • We are equally concerned with ensuring that the committed ambulance staff who volunteer to put their own wellbeing at risk to help patients and save lives, can do so with the best training, skills, kit and equipment available to protect them as safely as possible.

Watch a short film about NARU here: