The ambulance service which covers north Oxfordshire has partnered up with the London service to improve patient’s care and save money.
South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS) and London Ambulance Service NHS Trust (LAS) will look at potential efficiencies through projects like joint procurement of vehicles, equipment and IT systems.
The two trusts, which provide urgent and emergency care services for about 16m people between them, are also committed to working more closely together and learning from each other’s best practices.
SCAS chief executive Will Hancock said: “We already work closely together with London Ambulance Service, including at incidents which happen on or near our boundaries, during large-scale planned events and major incidents.
“With ever increasing demands on ambulance services across the country, such partnerships will be crucial to ensure that the improvements in patient care and experience, working environments for staff and innovations in service delivery can be delivered within our existing resources.
“Many of our residents in the South Central region commute into London daily to work.
“We would also therefore like to explore opportunities to improve patient care for that large body of people we share between our two services, for example, through closer working between our 111 and integrated urgent care services.
“People might call 111 during the day and have a face-to-face appointment booked for them nearer home when they return.”
LAS chief executive Garrett Emmerson added: “Our patients expect and deserve the best care we can provide and that means making every £1 of taxpayers’ money count.
“Our five year strategy is improving the way in which we provide urgent and emergency care to people who live, work or travel in London in the most cost effective way.
“And we know that to keep improving, we need to partner with the wider NHS – and that’s what this partnership is all about, working with and learning from our neighbours to ensure the best care for the 16m people who live and work across London and the South Central region.”