Londoners’ views influence foundation trust plans

Views from Londoners have informed changes to the Service’s plans for how it will be run as an NHS foundation trust.

Over 1,800 members of the public attended road shows earlier this year to have their say on the future of the capital’s ambulance service. During the 14-week public consultation period, the plans were also shared with all staff and over 2,000 partner organisations.

A total of 350 formal responses were received, prompting a number of changes to the original proposals.

“I’d like to thank those people who took the time to find out about our plans, and feed back on them,” said Chief Executive Peter Bradley. “We provide a service across the whole of London, and it’s important for us that the people who matter most – local residents and patients – have the chance to have a say on the future of their ambulance service.”

As a result of the feedback, membership of the Service will be extended to include people who work but don’t live in London, recognising that they may need to use the 999 system.

The make-up of the public constituencies within London has also changed from the original proposals. There will now be six public constituencies within the capital based on the six health sectors under which the Service’s commissioners – the primary care trusts that buy local health services – operate.

The number of public governors – elected by members to represent their interests – will increase from 11 to 13.

The Service will have two staff groups on its Council of Governors – one to represent support staff and one for frontline staff. This was the option that the majority of staff respondents preferred. The frontline group will have two seats on the Council as this is the largest staff group, and support staff will be represented by one governor.

Discussions are ongoing with the trade unions to decide their role in future foundation trust arrangements.

There was support for the other proposals including the Service’s long-term plans and arrangements for membership.

The full evaluation can be found at www.londonambulance.nhs.uk/ft.

Anyone who wants to become a member of the London Ambulance Service can sign up online or by contacting the Membership Office:

 

Note to editors:

NHS ambulance trusts have been able to apply to become foundation trusts since 1 April 2009.

The London Ambulance Service’s public consultation on its plans to become a foundation trust ran for 14 weeks from 9 February to 15 May 2009.

People who work but don’t live in London:

People can now become members if they live in any of the three strategic health authority areas surrounding London – East of England, South East Coast and South Central. This new constituency covers the following counties: Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, East Sussex, Essex, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, Norfolk, Oxfordshire, Suffolk, Surrey, West Sussex.