In 2012, EMAS launched its ‘Being the Best’ programme. It’s designed to improve response times and the service we offer to the people of the East Midlands as well as provide better support for our staff. To do this EMAS proposed changes in our management structure, the properties owned and leased by the organisation, our service delivery model and working practices.
As part of our commitment to involve staff and the public we carried out a consultation exercise. The report detailing the results is available here. It’s encouraging that so many people across the region feel passionately about the Ambulance Service and have been able to have their say in shaping the proposals to improve response times and patient care.
As a direct result of the feedback from the consultation, we are now looking at additional options which will allow us to meet our ‘Being the Best’ ambitions. On the EMAS estate, in particular, it means we will be carrying out further analysis to make sure the final proposals work operationally and financially.
Therefore, the Estates Business Case will now go to the Monday 25 March 2013 Board meeting rather than the 28 January 2013 meeting. The additional time will allow us to continue to work closely with staff representatives to review the alternative options with the aim of developing final proposals for the Board to consider.