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About EMAS

We provide emergency and urgent services for 4.8 million people, covering approximately 6,452 square miles across six counties of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire and Rutland.

Every day EMAS receives around 2,526 calls from members of the public who rang 999. On average this equates to a new emergency call every 34 seconds and is in addition to the calls received from healthcare professionals booking transport to support patient transfers from one healthcare facility to another.

EMAS Vision

Our vision is to be responding to patient needs in the right way, developing our organisation to become outstanding for patients and staff, and collaborating to improve wider healthcare.

Research at EMAS

EMAS has a wide, everchanging portfolio of studies and works closely with a number of universities in the UK and abroad including the universities of Lincoln, Nottingham, Swansea, Sheffield, Leicester and McMaster University, Ontario. We also actively support staff to conduct their own research and support student projects including MSc and PhD studies.

EMAS has a number of posts dedicated to conducting and engaging in safe and high-quality clinical research.

Current research

The portfolio of projects fluctuates across the year, below is a selection of projects which are EMAS participating in.

  • Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Outcomes (OHCAO)
  • Emergency Medical Service Call Condition Cluster Study (EMSC3)
  • What TRIage model is safest and most effective for the Management of 999 callers with suspected COVID-19? A linked outcome study (TRIM)
  • Ambulance calls for Substance use and Alcohol in a Pandemic (ASAP)


The CARU team at EMAS work closely with academic institutions across the region, currently supporting 16 colleagues through their Masters / PhD work.

EMAS Research Contacts

If you are interested in doing research with East Midlands Ambulance Service, please get in touch:

Robert Spaight – Head of Clinical Audit and Research