England

Ambulance service in east aims for NHS trust status

An ambulance trust aiming to secure NHS foundation trust status is seeking help from the public and patients to help develop new services.

The East of England Ambulance Service (EEAS) has begun a consultation that will last until the end of the year.

The service covers Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.

Patients, public and staff are offered a chance to influence how the NHS Foundation Trust will be set up.

If the application is successful, those who become members of the NHS foundation trust will have a direct input in how services are developed and improved further.

Hayden Newton, chief executive, said: "Becoming an NHS Foundation Trust will allow for closer links with those who are most important to us - our patients, staff, volunteers and the communities we serve.

"And you can have a greater influence on the delivery and improvement of services in your area by becoming a member."

Events planned

EEAS wants to look at ways of developing more tailor-made services for the benefit of its patients.

Mr Newton said: "We believe that the current one size fits all approach is not always the most appropriate for our patients.

"It needs to change so that the individual needs of patients can be met more effectively.

"As a foundation trust we will have greater freedom and scope to look for better ways of meeting our own patients' particular needs and priorities.

"But we will still be closely inspected and regulated to make sure we achieve all NHS standards."

Events are being arranged across the east of England during the consultation period where members of the public can speak to staff in person about the proposals.

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