Ambulance service embarks on new era

Monday, 31 January, 2011

The people of the North West are being asked for their views on their local Ambulance Service's plans to become a Foundation Trust as the Trust launches an extensive public engagement programme to seek opinion.

The three month long public consultation, which launched last month explains what becoming a Foundation Trust will mean to communities across the North West and also asks local people to comment on its future plans.

NWAS Chief Executive, Darren Hurrell comments: 'Becoming a Foundation Trust
gives the public more influence on what is essentially their ambulance service. The
majority of NHS trusts are now seeking to become Foundation Trusts and the
benefits to staff, patients and the public are undeniable. Working in this way will
give us more opportunities to work in closer partnership with other organisations and communities to provide joined up services for patients across a wide spectrum of health and social care. Staff will also benefit from better access to training and development opportunities through longer term investment and will have a greater influence on decision making and the future planning of services.'

From January 2011 to 1 April 2011, the Trust will be hosting a number of public
events throughout the region, as well as attending existing community groups, forums and stakeholder meetings in order to seek the views of the public and invite them to become members.

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