About SAS

The Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS) is a Special NHS Board providing pre-hospital care to the ~5.5 million people in Scotland. In year end 2020 SAS received 1,578,415 calls and dealt with 806,849 incidents, of which 542,213 were emergencies. We also completed 606,015 patient transport journeys, 3,732 air ambulance missions, 42,679 inter hospital transfers, 2,617 transfer and retrievals across Scotland and 5,009 special operations teams responses.

SAS has an emerging research and innovation portfolio, contributing to national and international projects​. As the national pre-hospital care provider we are strategically placed to co-design and deliver projects across the country, as well as multi-national initiatives. As of May 2022 our work is now supported by a dedicated Research, Development and Innovation team:

  • Paul Gowens QAM; FCPara; MSc; PGCert; DipIMC
    Associate Director
  • Dr Adam Lloyd RN; BN (Hons); MN; AFHEA; Ph.D
    National Research and Innovation Manager
  • Jennifer Brown BA
    Research Administrator/Coordinator

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SAS research contact details

We are keen to hear from ambulance staff, academia, research students (e.g Msc/Ph.D), industry and public sector organisations who would like to work with us on research and innovation projects.

If you are interested in doing research with Scottish Ambulance Service, please send an email to sas.rdi@nhs.scot