Yorkshire Ambulance Service

About Yorkshire Ambulance Service Research and Development Team

YAS cover nearly 6,000 square miles of varied terrain, from isolated moors and dales to urban areas, coastline and inner cities.  We serve a population of over 5.3 million people and employ more than 7,200 staff, 3,000 of which are frontline staff including paramedics, Technicians, Emergency Care Practitioners, Air Ambulance clinicians and a Hazardous Area Response Team, together with over 1,300 volunteers.

We receive an average of over 3,500 emergency and routine calls a day. In 2021-22 we responded to a total of 849,173 incidents through either a vehicle arriving on scene or by telephone advice. Clinicians based in our Clinical Hub, which operates within the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), triaged and helped around 90,700 callers with their healthcare needs.

Reporting to the Executive Medical Director, the research team comprises a Head of Research and Development, a Research and Development Manager, a Senior Research Fellow and an expanding team including Research Paramedics, a Paramedic Research Fellow, a Research Data Manager, a Research Co-Ordinator and Research Officer.

We work closely with academic and NHS partners to ensure that we undertake research that meets the needs of our population and YAS. YAS also supports staff to undertake MSc, doctoral and post-doctoral projects.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service is committed to improving services through evidence-based practice and welcomes contact about research.

For further information, please visit the YAS website.

Current research projects 

          Recently Completed Research

              Selected Recent Publications

              • Pilbery, R; Young, T; Hodge, A. The effect of a specialist paramedic primary care rotation on appropriate non-conveyance decisions (SPRAINED) study: a controlled interrupted time series analysis. British Paramedic Journal, Volume 7, Number 1, 1 June 2022, pp. 9-18(10). https://doi.org/10.29045/14784726.2022.
              • Hutchinson, A., Allgar, V., Cohen, J., Currow, D. C., Griffin, S., Hart, S., Hird, K., Hodge, A., Mason, S., Northgraves, M., Reeve, J., Swan, F., & Johnson, M. J. (2022). Mixed-methods feasibility cluster randomised controlled trial of a paramedic-administered breathlessness management intervention for acute-on-chronic breathlessness (BREATHE): Study findings. ERJ Open Research. https://doi.org/10.1183/23120541.00257-2022
              • Powell, C., Fylan, B., Lord, K., Bell, F., Breen, L. A qualitative analysis of stressors affecting 999 ambulance call handlers’ mental health and wellbeing. Emerald Insight, September 2022, 27(1) https://www.emerald.com/insight/2047-0894.htm
              • Noble, A. J., Mason, S. M., Bonnett, L. J., Reuber, M., Wright, J., Pilbery, R., Jacques, R. M., Simpson, R. M., Campbell, R., Fuller, A., Marson, A. G., & Dickson, J. M. (2022). Supporting the ambulance service to safely convey fewer patients to hospital by developing a risk prediction tool: Risk of Adverse Outcomes after a Suspected Seizure (RADOSS)—protocol for the mixed-methods observational RADOSS project. BMJ Open, 12(11), e069156. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2022-069156
              • Kirby, K., Lazaroo, M., Green, J., Hall, H., Pilbery, R., Whitley, G. A., Voss, S., & Benger, J. (2023). The reality of advanced airway management during out of hospital cardiac arrest; why did paramedics deviate from their allocated airway management strategy during the AIRWAYS-2 randomised trial? Resuscitation Plus, 13, 100365. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.resplu.2023.100365

              YAS research contact details

              If you’re interested in doing research with Yorkshire Ambulance Service, please get in touch:

              Dr Fiona Bell – fiona.bell7@nhs.net

              Research Office – yas.research@nhs.net