New financial year off to a flying start

Keith Prior 300x400A message from Keith Prior, NARU Director

When you read this, most of the NARU team will either be at, or on their way to, AMBITION 2014 at Olympia in London where we have a stand at what should turn out to be one of the key events in the national EPRR calendar this year.

Organised by our own NARU Communications & Stakeholder Engagement Lead in conjunction with Clarion Events, this show is effectively the NHS Ambulance Service’s ‘official’ annual exhibition and conference event, replacing what we had for many years at Harrogate when AMBEX was the yearly show to be seen at.

With so much NARU-friendly input into the AMBITION conference and workshop agendas, we have ended up with a number of interesting speakers and presentation topics covering many aspects of emergency preparedness, resilience and response – effectively creating an event that is not to be missed by anyone working in the EPRR arena. We are expecting to meet a lot of colleagues old and new and would welcome the opportunity to see you at our stand (A2-7) in the exhibition hall. If you’re still in need of a last minute ticket contact carl.rees@reesps.com.

Elsewhere, the new financial year is already off to a flying start and you will see in this issue of NARU e-News that we have now published our Annual Business Plan for 2014-15. This document sets out our strategic vision, our operational objectives and key performance indicators for the coming year, as well as our financial planning model and details of our annual planning cycle, performance management, how we will manage risk and how we will ensure the highest standards of governance. In short, it is the operational blueprint for the entire NARU workload for the new financial year and I would urge you to read it.

I am also extremely proud to report that NARU won its first ever award when our Education Centre team scooped the Special Achievement Award at the prestigious Advancing Healthcare Awards 2014 this month in London. Upon watching a film of one of the NARU exercises, the audience gave the team a unanimous standing ovation for their work, and I couldn’t be happier for them – they deserve all the plaudits they get.

I hope you enjoy this issue of NARU e-News and look forward to seeing you at AMBITION 2014.