Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) provides emergency services for the 5.3 million people living in Yorkshire and takes over 900,000 calls each year. We provide the NHS 111 service for Yorkshire, North Lincolnshire and Bassetlaw. We also deliver Patient Transport Services, with almost one million non-emergency journeys carried out each year.
Our Service employs over 5,800 staff; 3,000 of which are frontline staff including paramedics, Technicians, Emergency Care Practitioners, Air Ambulance clinicians and a Hazardous Area Response Team. There are a further 1,100 volunteers working in the community as First Responders.
Reporting to the Executive Medical Director, the team comprises a Head of Research and Development, a Research and Development Manager and an expanding team of Research Paramedics, a Paramedic Research Fellow, a Research Data Manager, Research Co-Ordinators and Research Officers.
YAS continues to support urgent public health research into testing, treatment and vaccines for COVID-19, in collaboration with local NHS partners.
YAS also supports student-led Undergraduate projects ranging from BA/BSc qualifications through to Postgraduate and Doctoral PhD awards.
In 2022, YAS has the pleasure of hosting the 999EMS Research Conference.
Yorkshire Ambulance Service is committed to improving services through evidence-based practice and welcomes contact about research.
For further information, please visit YAS website.
Current research projects
- A mixed-methods study of female ambulance staff experiences of the menopause transition (CESSATION study)
In set-up research projects
- PRE-ALERTs – Exploring the use of pre-hospital pre-alerts and their impact on patients, Ambulance Service and Emergency Department staff
- STRATUS study – FreeSTyle LibRe and hospitAl admissions, morTality and qUality of life in high risk type 2 diabeteS patients
- SNAP – Supporting New Ambulance Paramedics: a prospective cohort study
Previously conducted research projects
- Should I stay or should I go? NHS staff retention in COVID-19.
- Non- pharmacological intervention for chronic breathlessness (BrEATHE)
- Triage models for the management of 999 callers with suspected COVID-19 (TRIM)
- Pandemic Respiratory Infection Emergency System Triage (PRIEST)
Latest / significant publications
- Northgraves, M., Cohen, J., Allgar, V. et al. (2021). A feasibility cluster randomised controlled trial of a paramedic-administered breathlessness management intervention for acute-on-chronic breathlessness (BREATHE). ERJ Open Res. 7: 00955-2020.
- Miles, J., Jacques, R., Turner, J., & Mason S. (2021). The Safety INdEx of Prehospital On Scene Triage (SINEPOST) study: the development and validation of a risk prediction model to support ambulance clinical transport decisions on-scene—a protocol. Diagnostic and Prognostic Research, 5:18.
- Asghar, Z.B., Wankhade, P., Bell, F. et al. (2021). Trends, variations and prediction of staff sickness absence rates among NHS ambulance services in England: a time series study. BMJ Open,11:e053885.
- Harvey, C., Froggatt, S., Lightowler, B. et al. (2021). The ambulance service advanced practitioner’s role in supporting care homes: a qualitative study of care staff experiences. British Journal of Healthcare Management, 27, 1-8.
- Snooks, H., Watkins, A.J., Bell, F. et al. (2021). Call volume, triage outcomes, and protocols during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom: Results of a national survey. JACEP Open, 2:e12492.
YAS research contact details
If you’re interested in doing research with Yorkshire Ambulance Service, please get in touch:
Dr Fiona Bell – email@example.com
Research Office – firstname.lastname@example.org