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What does the ambulance service need from JRCALC in the new millennium?
Was the question posed to ASA President Barry Johns. He described how the organisation of ambulance services was changing, the various managerial and clinical issues that face the service and the continuing debate as to whether it is the health arm of the emergency services or the emergency arm of the health services. Recognising that the training and skills of ambulance staff had come a long way since professional training was first introduced in the 1970's, he saw paramedic registration as the latest step forward and explored the future role of the service and its staff in the context of the wider changes in health services.
The ASA has commissioned a strategic review of the role and structure of the service, which is due to report by the end of the year. That will look at many of these issues and help set future direction. The service's future role will largely determine the skills and education required by operational staff and the scope of their practice may well widen if it becomes more involved in the delivery of primary care and rotation into hospital settings. Proposals for practitioners in emergency care have already captured the imagination and support of the NHS and may well be the next logical stage of development. Technology and communications systems will also change the way in which they work
Mr Johns concluded that although ambulance trusts now have numerous sources of clinical advice, the ASA sees JRCALC as continuing to have the expertise, status and experience to provide national clinical leadership and believes it must remain as the focal point for authoritative clinical advice for the UK's ambulance services.