ERS Medical Provides Medical Courier Services for Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT)

National health and social care transport provider, ERS Medical, has been awarded a contract to provide medical courier services for Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT).

The pharmacy-led contract is being delivered by ERS Medical from 1st March 2021 to over 100 locations across Essex.

ERS safely delivering Diagnostic Specimens

It involves the use of specialist temperature controlled ERS Medical vehicles collecting and delivering pharmaceuticals, controlled drugs, specimens, and internal post to specified sites under the EPUT region.

Mark Merriman, Head of Operations at ERS Medical, said: “We’re delighted to support Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust and provide this service across their sites.’

“The contract provides a vital delivery of important specimens, drugs and internal post across various Trust locations.’

“We look forward to working with them and forming a strong partnership.”

As an integrated healthcare transport solution, ERS Medical supports the NHS with a reliable and caring service.

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Scholarship for Exceptional Nurse Studying With London’s Air Ambulance Charity

Earlier this month, shortly before International Women’s Day on March 8th, London’s Air Ambulance Charity celebrated the achievements of Mariana Campilho, a nurse undertaking the Masters degree in Pre-Hospital Medicine.

Mariana, who lives in East London, has been granted a prestigious award through The Company of Nurses Scholarship Programme to assist with her studies on the Masters (MSc) degree run by the Institute of Pre-Hospital Care (IoPHC), a department within with London’s Air Ambulance Charity.

The course is delivered in partnership with Barts & The London School of Medicine & Dentistry and Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

The scholarship recognises the outstanding contribution Mariana has made to the nursing profession and represents an investment in the future of patient care, as she embarks on the three-year course.

Speaking about the Scholarship, Mariana said: “I applied for The Company of Nurses Scholarship as I wanted the opportunity of being able to study in an area that I am truly passionate about, and to be one of the first nurses doing so made it even more special.’

Mariana Camphilo

“I was delighted and felt it an enormous privilege to be awarded the Scholarship, especially as I am aware of the high standard of the other applicants.’

“I am looking forward to being able to study along different professionals all equally dedicated to the area of prehospital care and to be able to learn from different experts in the field.”

Mariana began the MSc course in January 2021, the first cohort to include nurses, and she also works as a Nurse in the Emergency Department at The Royal London Hospital.

Before this, Mariana completed a secondment with the Physician Response Unit (PRU), a community emergency medicine service which attends emergency calls in people’s homes.

The PRU is a joint collaboration between London’s Air Ambulance, the London Ambulance Service (LAS) and Barts Health NHS Trust. Responding to 999 calls, the PRU specialises in taking the Emergency Department to the patient, thereby reducing risks for vulnerable patients by helping them avoid a trip to hospital.

Brenda Griffiths, Chair of the Company of Nurses Charitable Trust said: “The Trustees are delighted to be able to support London’s Air Ambulance and this MSc programme with a Company of Nurses Scholarship.’

“Emergency out of hospital care is critical, specialist, and complex. We know that Mariana and those in her care will benefit greatly and look forward to hearing all about it as the course progresses”.

The Company of Nurses, which aims to raise standards of nursing care, encourage health and wellbeing, and save lives, has offered the scholarship through its Ann Campbell RBNA Memorial Fund, which supports a student with the payment of their tuition fees for the MSc in Pre-Hospital Medicine over the next three years.

The part-time MSc in Pre-Hospital Medicine was launched in 2019 through the Charity’s IoPHC and is specifically for doctors, paramedics and nurses who practice in emergency settings (particularly in pre-hospital medicine) and who wish to become better practitioners in their roles.  

Now recruiting for its third year, the MSc is a practice-based course taught in face to face ‘teaching pods’, helping to nurture and develop talent and continue leading the way in pre-hospital emergency medicine education.

ERS Medical Wins Patient Transport Contract for University Hospital of North Midlands Trust (UHNM)

Following a comprehensive procurement process, national health and social care transport provider ERS Medical has been awarded a patient transport contract for University Hospital of North Midlands Trust (UHNM).

The four-year contract will see ERS Medical provide non-emergency and high dependency patient transport services covering Royal Stoke University Hospital in Stoke-on-Trent and County Hospital in Stafford.

Starting on 1st June 2021, the service will transport 12,000 patients each year. Patients will be of varying clinical acuities, ranging from time critical and unstable patients who require intensive care to patients who are stable, but still requiring hospital treatment.

University Hospital of North Midlands Trust (UHNM) Trust. Photo credit: UHNM Trust

Andrew Pooley, Managing Director at ERS Medical said: “We’re delighted to win this contract for UHNM. At ERS, we focus on delivering a quality service to our NHS clients that is centred around patient care and experience.’

Andrew Pooley, Managing Director,
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“Securing this contract demonstrates our continued commitment to this unwavering focus and we look forward to working closely with the Trust.”

Claire Mackirdy, UHNM Director of Operations – County & Community, says: “UHNM are looking forward to working in partnership with ERS ensuring a high quality service for our patients.”

ERS Medical is the UK’s leading health and social care transport provider. As an integrated healthcare transport solution, the business supports the NHS with a reliable and caring service.

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National Health and Wellbeing Raises More Than £15,000 for Frontline Charities

A month-long charity campaign, which aimed to boost the nation’s health and wellbeing, has come to an end — raising a total of over £15,000 for The Ambulance Staff Charity, Police Care UK, The Fire Fighters Charity and The Air Ambulance Service.

Launched in January, the Blue Light Get Active Challenge, tasked individuals with clocking up as many miles, steps or minutes of physical activity or mindfulness exercises as they could, to raise important funds and boost morale during the national lockdown.

Leading emergency services discount provider, Blue Light Card, and wellbeing organisation Get Active, supported the challenge and offered a state-of-the-art app for participants to log their activities — which included running, cycling and yoga — and see where they ranked against others in a leader board.

A total of around 400 participants got involved by either making a donation to their chosen charity or raising funds which were then split evenly between each of the four charities.

The money raised will support the work of all four emergency services charities who provide support for all who continue to work incredibly hard to keep Britain safe especially in the wake of COVID-19.
Cheryl from North Wales Police was the overall winner of the challenge, logging a total of 5,318 points, including 474 miles of walking and 57 miles of running, topping the leader board.

Commenting on the achievement, Cheryl said: “In the absence of actual running events due to these strange times, it was lovely to be able to take part in these activities — the bonus is that it’s for a good cause too!’

“Being part of this challenge kept my focus on a goal — with a superb medal at the end of it.”

Tom Dalby, CEO of Blue Light Card said: “Supporting emergency service teams has always been at the heart of what we do, and even more so after we’ve seen first-hand just how hard they’ve worked to keep us safe throughout 2020 and into 2021.’

“That’s why this campaign has been extra special for us.’

“Seeing people get involved and take up the chance to get active and practice mindfulness, especially when the weather has been testing, has been so great to see, and we hope it has inspired regular active routines within the blue light community and beyond.’

“Helping to raise over £15,000 for these four very worthy causes while supporting the great work these incredible charities do for our frontline workers and families is fantastic.”

David Kelly, director at Get Active Challenges also commented: “We’re thrilled with how well our first Blue Light Card campaign has gone, inspiring our emergency services to get out and get active, especially when they are working so incredibly hard through these challenging times we’re in.’

“We are hugely grateful for the £15,000 that has already been raised for four incredible blue light charities to provide their much-needed care and support for the emergency services who need them.”

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DJ Swaps Decks for Defibrillator to Turn Volunteer for Welsh Ambulance Service

A North Wales radio presenter has swapped the decks for a defibrillator by becoming a volunteer for the Welsh Ambulance Service.

Oli Kemp, one half of ‘Lois & Oli’ on Heart North and Mid Wales, has just completed his training as a Community First Responder so that he can administer life-saving first aid to people in his community.

Oli, originally from London, now living near Llangollen, Denbighshire, has had a long-held ambition to become a first responder, ever since the sudden death of his 20-month-old daughter in 2012.

Oli Kemp in (WAST) Community First Responder uniform

He explained how the COVID-19 pandemic presented a perfect opportunity to pursue his passion, saying: “I’ve always loved the idea of becoming a paramedic but my career as a radio presenter has never really allowed me to pursue it.’

“I think lockdown provided a lot of people with clarity on what they want to do, because you want to look back on your life and to have achieved something.’

“We moved to Wales seven years ago and the community has been very good to us. This is my way of paying something back.”

Oli’s daughter, Willow, was being treated for a chronic lung infection at Manchester Children’s Hospital in 2012 when she suffered a cardiac arrest and sadly died. It was this life-changing event which inspired Oli to think about a career in the ambulance service and which also compelled his wife to train as a nurse.

Oli said: “Willow is my main inspiration for doing this, and also my wife’s, who now works as a nurse at Denbigh Community Hospital. That period in our life had its challenges, but we also learnt a lot about the NHS and how it works.’

“The community we live in is very rural, and I imagine that sometimes it’s difficult for an ambulance to get there quickly.

“Anything I can do to help people in the time before the ambulance arrives will hopefully make a difference.”

Community First Responders are volunteers who attend 999 calls in their community and administer first aid in the precious first minutes before an ambulance arrives.

They are trained by the Welsh Ambulance Service to administer first aid, including oxygen therapy and cardiopulmonary resuscitation, as well as the use of a defibrillator.

Oli said: “It is a bit nerve-wracking, especially when I think about the prospect of attending my first cardiac arrest, but that’s why you do your training.

“The fact that I’m helping people in my own community means there’s some familiarity there, so that helps to take the edge off. I’ll fit the volunteering around the radio show, so will likely do mornings and weekends.’

“My colleagues at Heart are really proud of me; there was definitely some gentle ribbing when I told them I’d qualified, but they’re chuffed I’m doing something positive.”

Glyn Thomas, the Trust’s Alternative Responder Manager, said: “Every second counts is an emergency, and the role that first responders play in initiating that chain of survival can literally mean the difference between life or death.’

A group of new Community First Response volunteers from WAST

“Oli’s one of seven new volunteers to join the service in North Wales, and we’re pleased that he has turned a tragedy into something positive to help people in their hour of need.’

“The Covid-19 pandemic has meant we’ve had to think differently about the way we deliver training to volunteers, and Oli was part of a cohort of new recruits to complete a brand new training package, which included some e-learning.’

“We’re taking some time now to evaluate that training, so while we’re not recruiting volunteers right now, we look forward to opening our books again in the coming months.”

Glyn added: “Volunteering at the Welsh Ambulance Service has come a long way in the last two decades.’

“Our volunteers don’t just provide life-saving support at events such as cardiac arrests; they’re also trained to deal with a broader range of medical emergencies, including non-injured fallers.’

“There are new and exciting plans afoot as we further embrace our volunteers as part of the #TeamWAST family, and we extend a warm welcome to our new recruits, including Oli.”

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Community Heartbeat Working With BT to Convert Kiosks to Defibrillator Stations

Britain’s red phone boxes, once a lifeline of communication before the arrival of mobile phone networks, have been transformed into everything from defibrillator units and mini history museums to art galleries and book exchanges.

But now, the Community Heartbeat Trust charity (CHT), has begun to put an extraordinarily excellent idea into practice across the UK: converting the UK’s iconic, yet now inarguably redundant, red telephone booths (K6 kiosks, to those in the know) to a defibrillator station, and they’re currently in the process of converting around 1000 sites.

From Orkney to Cornwall, the Community Heartbeat Trust charity has worked with BT and local communities to install lifesaving defibrillators in local kiosks.

A converted kiosk in Denton, Lincolnshire

Martin Fagan, National Secretary for the Community Heartbeat Trust charity, said: “BT’s phone box kiosks are iconic British structures, and repurposing for this life saving use has given them a new lease of life.’

“To date, we have fully converted about 800, with another 200 underway.’

“Placing the equipment in the heart of a community is important to save on time.’

“Kiosks are historically at the centre of the community, and thus great locations for defibrillators.”

Communities can adopt a kiosk if they are a recognised public body, such as a parish council, community council or town council.

CHT is also able to adopt on behalf of the communities as well. Boxes can also be adopted by registered charities or by individuals who have a payphone on their own land.

BT will also continue to provide electricity (if already in place) to power the light for adopted phone boxes, free of charge.

Since 2008, over 6,600 phone boxes have been taken on by communities for just £1 each through BT’s Adopt a Kiosk programme.’

CHT is also converting the modern KX100 kiosks to defibrillator stations. For further information about how to apply to Adopt a Kiosk or to access application forms, simply go to .

Innovative Physician Response Unit Shortlisted as Finalist for the HSJ Value Awards 2021

London’s Air Ambulance Charity, Barts NHS Health Trust, and the London Ambulance Service Trust (LAS) are delighted to announce that the Physician Response Unit (PRU) has been shortlisted for Urgent and Emergency Care Initiative of the Year at the HSJ Value Awards 2021.

This recognises the outstanding dedication they had given to making things better across their organisation during an extremely challenging year for the NHS.

The judging panel comprised a diverse range of highly regarded figures across the NHS and wider healthcare sector. To be shortlisted as a finalist for these awards, despite tough competition from hundreds of brilliant applicants, is a mark of real achievement for the PRU.

The PRU has been selected based on their diligence, ambition and the positive impact that the teams have had across the three organisations and for patients. 

The PRU (Physician Response Unit from London’s Air Ambulance Charity, Barts NHS Health Trust, and LAS

The PRU is a collaboration between London’s Air Ambulance Charity, Barts Health NHS Trust and LAS. It is staffed by a senior emergency medicine doctor and an ambulance clinician, and carries advanced medication, equipment and treatments usually only found in hospital.

The service takes the Emergency Department to the patient, in the form of a rapid response emergency vehicle, responding to 999 calls and treating patients in their homes who would otherwise have often required an ambulance transfer to hospital.

Clinical Lead for the Physician Response Unit and Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Barts Health NHS Trust Dr Tony Joy said: “We are delighted to have been shortlisted for ‘Urgent and Emergency Care Initiative of the Year’ recognising the collaborative efforts and dedication of our teams over the last 12 months to expand the PRU and establish new ways of working to provide care for more patients in their own homes throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.’

“We are committed to delivering improved outcomes for patients. By taking the emergency department to the patient in their home the PRU can ensure they get the right care fast, while also reducing risk for vulnerable patients by helping them avoid a trip to hospital where possible.’

“To be chosen among the other incredible nominees is a wonderful achievement.”

HSJ editor Alastair McLellan said: “We would like to congratulate the Physician Response Unit on being shortlisted in the ‘Urgent and Emergency Care Initiative of the Year’ category for the HSJ Value Awards 2021.’

“This year’s finalists have not only contributed to the continued fight against the covid-19 pandemic within the NHS but have also been exceptionally dedicated to enhancing healthcare across the UK.’

“We are honoured to be recognising and celebrating their outstanding work after what is, no doubt, the most challenging year in the history of the NHS. We are looking forward to welcoming them to the ceremony in June.” 

Chief Executive of London’s Air Ambulance Charity Jonathan Jenkins said: “It’s brilliant to see the Physician Response Unit being recognised for the fantastic service they provide for Londoners by taking the Emergency Department straight to the patient.’

“To have expanded and adapted the service; stepping up at such a critical time for the blue light community is a remarkable achievement. We are so proud of this innovative team and look forward to watching the PRU continue to go from strength to strength.”

London Ambulance Service Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Chief Executive, Khadir Meer said: “It’s wonderful the Physician Response Unit has been recognised by being nominated for this award.’

“The past year has been an extremely challenging time for the team, but, this is a testament to how hard they have been working to ensure Londoners receive the very best care possible.’

“The team brings clinical expertise into a person’s home and is one of a number of advances the Service has made to safely reduce the number of patients we take to emergency departments by offering the right care for them closer to home, in their community.”

The winners will be selected following a rigorous, second stage of judging ahead of the HSJ Value Awards 2021 awards ceremony. Held at Manchester Central at the end of June, the evening will provide a great opportunity for influential figures to unite and celebrate the achievements of their industry peers. The awards evening is expected to be attended by leaders and professionals from within the NHS.

The full list of finalists for the 2021 HSJ Value Awards can be found at