Strategy and Co-ordination
The Association of Ambulance Chief Executives is a key point of contact with the ambulance service’s main partner agencies at national level – in particular the Department of Health, other Emergency Services and the Ambulance Service Network.
Building on the work of the Ambulance Chief Executive’s Group (ACEG), the Association enables Chief Executives to have a greater say in national policy development.
The AACE is a dynamic organisation that exists to ensure that strategic plans are translated into action. For example, each Ambulance CEO has an agreed set of objectives and national workstream which they are responsible for taking forward.
Anthony Marsh, Chair, AACE
Delivery and implementation
The AACE provides co-ordination for the work programmes of many key national groups including Ambulance Chief Executives, Directors of Clinical Care, Finance, Human Resources, IM&T, Operations and Quality, Governance and Risk Directors.
The work programmes include critical national projects on emergency resilience, clinical practice guidelines, clinical and operational performance and the development of new services such as the 111 telephone number.
Performance and efficiency
A key aim of the Association is to ensure that ambulance services share their knowledge and skills to better meet the emerging challenges and opportunities facing all ambulance services.
Encouraging more efficient use of ambulance service resources through closer working (for example through national procurement initiatives) is also a key aim of each work stream.
Working more closely together on a broad range of national work programmes, to an agreed national strategy, will bring improvements to patient care.
Taking the lead
The Association will work closely with other bodies to ensure that the voice of the ambulance service is heard more clearly.
It is envisaged that the AACE will be a first point of call for a range of enquiries about the ambulance service from many stakeholders, including politicians, the Department of Health and other emergency services – as well as international colleagues, the general public and media.