The National Ambulance Resilience Unit (NARU) conducted the audit which was an exercise to assess HARTs preparedness for a range of incidents such as Urban Search and rescue, chemical accidents and incidents, working at height, and a number specialist skill roles, NARU’s report highlighted that EMAS HART were compliant in running the service and offered compliments for their achievements.
The HART team operates across the East Midlands and is on standby 24/7. In addition to their prime role, team members support frontline A&E crews by attending serious and complex incidents such as multiple vehicle road traffic collisions, industrial accidents and fires. They also assist fire service colleagues in dealing with flooding incidents and attend complex rescue situations where medical cover is required.
A Quality Assurance Framework (QAF) is used by NARU to ensure a consistent review of HART team’s across the country. East Midlands Ambulance Service’s HART were assessed in a range of areas including, ‘Vehicles and Equipment’, ‘Training, Education and Development’ and ‘Clinical Practice’.
A number of other trusts have visited EMAS to learn from its operations and practices. HART also hold a number of national reserve vehicles within the trust on behalf of NARU nationally.
Andy Dunn, Deputy Director of Operations for EMAS said, “We are extremely proud of our EMAS HART staff whose hard work has been recognised by the National assessing body. Everybody’s overall commitment to HART and EMAS has contributed to this being a successful audit.”
The National Ambulance Resilience Unit said, “We would like to express our appreciation to all of the EMAS staff and managers we met for their candour patience and assistance in making this what we believe to be a comprehensive and effective audit of EMAS HART capability and compliance with the National specification.”