South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust is part of the National Health Service (NHS) and covers an area of 3,600 square miles (Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, West Sussex, Kent, Surrey, and North East Hampshire). We work across a diverse geographical region which includes densely populated urban areas, sparsely populated rural areas and some of the busiest stretches of motorway in the country.
We have over 4,000 staff working across 110 sites and almost 90 per cent of our workforce are operational staff – those caring for patients either face to face, or over the phone at our emergency dispatch centre where we receive 999 calls. Our patients range from the critically ill and injured who need specialist treatment, to those with urgent healthcare needs who can be treated at home or in the community. In addition to our 999 service, we also provide the NHS 111 service across the region.
Research is recognised by the Trust as essential for the delivery and sustainability of high-quality care provision. SECAmb is committed to being a research active organisation that is committed to improving its services, clinical outcomes and patient experience through the safe implementation of innovation, service evaluation and research findings. The importance of working closely with other health and social care agencies, academic partners and industry is key to its success in driving forward the safe adoption and spread of innovation and best practices grounded in evidence.
SECAmb has established a discrete, visible Research and Development Department (RDD) staffed by permanent members of the organisation. In order to meet our strategic objectives and to realise our mission “to be better today and even better tomorrow for our people and our patients” research must increasingly become core business in our organisation. Continued investment in resources and strong research leadership are needed to meet the demands associated with the current growth of research activity within NHS ambulance services.
The following four aims are driving our strategic objectives to ensure that our staff, volunteers, patients and public understand what we want to achieve related to research and development within the Trust:
SECAmb will become recognised locally, nationally and internationally for:
• The quality of its research.
• Its engagement in collaborative research with health and social care partners, academic institutions and industry.
• Being able to translate the products of its research into measurable benefits for patient care, health and wellbeing.
• Providing an evidence base to underpin developments in paramedic practice.
Current research projects
- Clinical Randomisation of Antifibrinolytic in Symptomatic mild Head injury in older adults (CRASH-4)
- Derivation and narrow validation of a clinical decision rule for paramedics to triage an older adult with a traumatic brain injury
- Prehospital feedback in the United Kingdom: A realist evaluation of current practice using a multiple-case study design
Previously conducted research projects
- AHP Perceptions of Research in the NHS: A survey of research capacity in context
- Ambulance Clinician Experience of using the Prone Position for Awake Patients with Suspected COVID-19 ARDS
- The COVID-19 Ambulance Response Assessment Study (CARA)
- The impact of COVID-19 on Emergency Medical Service led out of hospital cardiac arrest resuscitation: A Qualitative study
Latest / significant publications
- Eaton-Williams, P., Barrett, J., Mortimer, C., & Williams, J. (2020). A national survey of ambulance paramedics on the identification of patients with end of life care needs. British Paramedic Journal, 5(3), 8-14.
- Whitley, G. A., Munro, S., Hemingway, P., Law, G. R., Siriwardena, A. N., Cooke, D. & Quinn, T. (2020). Mixed methods in pre-hospital research: understanding complex clinical problems. British Paramedic Journal, 5(3), 44-51.
- Barrett, J.W., Eaton-Williams, P., Mortimer, C.E.D., Land, V.F.P. and Williams, J. (2021). A survey of ambulance clinicians’ perceptions of recording and communicating patient information electronically. British Paramedic Journal, 6(1), 1–7.
- Cowley, A., Cody, D., & Nelson, M. (2021). The Epidemiology and Effectiveness of Synchronized Cardioversion in a UK Prehospital Setting: A Retrospective Cross-Sectional Study. Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, 36(4), 440-444.
- Zhang, L., Ogungbemi, A., Trippier, S., Clarke, B., Khan, U., Hall, C., Ji, Q., Clifton, A. & Cluckie, G. (2021). Hub-and-spoke model for thrombectomy service in UK NHS practice. Clinical Medicine, 21 (1), 26-31.
SECAmb research contact details
Should you wish to undertake any studies involving contact (direct / indirect) with Trust service users, staff, or data please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
or access our website: https://www.secamb.nhs.uk/how-we-do-it/research-development/
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