North West Ambulance Service

About NWAS

North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust (NWAS) provides emergency and urgent care, patient transport, resilience, and 111 services across the North West of England.  Our workforce of more than 6,000 staff covers a diverse population of over 7 million people spread across 15,165 square kilometres of a varied geographical region comprising the five counties of Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside.

Our vision is to be the best ambulance service in the UK.

Our strategic goal is to deliver the right care, at the right time, in the right place; every time.

Research & Development at NWAS

North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust is proud to be a research-active organisation. We develop and host research studies with a focus on pre-hospital healthcare, injuries and emergencies as well as supporting projects in other clinical specialties.  We also explore non-clinical research opportunities involving the organisation and our workforce.

We work in collaboration with a range of partners including the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), the National Ambulance Research Steering Group (NARSG), NHS organisations and academic institutions to engage in research that will improve health outcomes for the population.

NWAS has a core Research and Development (R&D) Team that is led by Consultant Paramedic, Steve Bell, and consists of a Research Support Manager, Sandra Igbodo.  We also currently have a Research Paramedic, Betty Pennington, who supports the PRESTO study.

NWAS is currently participating in and has been involved in the following national research studies:

  • The Pre-Hospital Evaluation of Sensitive Troponin (PRESTO) Study
  • Paramedic Acute Stroke Treatment Assessment (PASTA) Trial
  • Effective Healthcare Support to Care Homes
  • Exploring the Impact of Alcohol Licensing in England and Scotland (ExILEns)

We also support student research and service evaluations that take place at the Trust.

NWAS Research Contacts 

To contact the NWAS R&D Team, email

You can also follow us on Twitter @NWAmb_Research for news and updates.