Our staff aren’t just trained to a level the NHS require but to a Falck brand standard, ensuring we’re able to provide the very best in patient transport care. Our staff are trained to the minimum operational standard of Ambulance Care Assistant (ACA) with a full Falck specific ‘on boarding’ program and are fully trained in all first aid, manual handling, care, policies and procedures.
We nurture and develop our staff to Intermediate Care Technician at the level of FREC3 and have the capability to take staff all the way from ACA level right up to operational paramedic.
Our management staff have all been trained to BTEC level 3 & 5 in leadership and management and Care Quality Commission training and will all have attended the ACA training as well.
A fundamental part of the culture at Falck is to constantly monitor technological innovation and developments, so that we can always offer the best treatment using the best equipment, and our patient transport fleet is no exception.
Our market leading fleet of patient transport vehicles, which are able to accommodate a large proportion of non emergency patient requirements as well as having a fleet of High Dependency Units (HDU) and children specific vehicles which are manned by fully qualified personnel and specialise in the transportation of those patients who require that greater level or duty of care.
At Falck we have developed our own global resource facility GEMS which is accessible by any of our emergency ambulance staff via their own PDA.
GEMS holds a plethora of important and relevant information for staff members from NHS trust specific documents, operational and clinical bulletins to directives and pathways.
If a trust has an urgent need to roll out a protocol or change a guideline, we can communicate directly to each member of staff via GEMS and it’s tracking software.
Falck has made its name as a global leader in ambulance services. We draw upon the skills, knowledge and experience gleaned from across the globe when providing pre-hospital support.
Due to our unique client base of NHS Trusts we’re able to learn and implement best working practice when it comes to:
- equipment and consumables management
- training and continual professional development
- fleet maintenance
- resource management and governance
patient transport journeys
Checkout some of the great feedback we receive about our staff and services.
Can I please just say how excellently one of your staff handled a very tricky situation this afternoon.
The Ambulance Care Assistant was able to help us persuade an elderly lady who has dementia to go into a care home voluntarily.
We had tried many times to get her to agree and were ready to invoke the Mental Capacity Act (2005) which would have empowered us to ask Police Officers to effect the removal and conveyance.
Due to the staff members sense of humour and evident confidence with the situation, what would have been a very distressing scenario was avoided.
In the end, he was able to take her without incident to the care home where she is now safe from the numerous risks had she remained at home.
Well done and many, many thanks.
A member of the public was waiting in League of friends at the hospital when they slipped down in their chair and spilt a hot drink all over themselves. The gentleman had very poor mobility and had difficulties in communicating.
Three members of staff who had just dropped off their patients in the hospital were in the vicinity and went to the gentleman’s aid.
They assessed him, assisted him into a wheel chair and two members of staff took them to A&E to be checked over while the third remained and mopped up the spilt drink preventing any further accidents.
The gentleman was treated with kindness, courtesy, dignity and respect in a busy outpatient’s area of the hospital.
The patient and his wife were thrilled with our service and are extremely grateful towards their crew for an efficient and reassuring service.
The patient struggles with anxiety and felt comfortable throughout the whole journey.
The patient stated that he feels confident in using our service again and sends his thanks for the Ambulance Care Assistant’s professional behaviour.
Patients who meet the eligibility criteria for patient transport in are those who are registered with a local GP and who meet any of the following:
- Travelling by any other means would have a serious detrimental affect on the patient’s condition or recovery.
- The patient has restricted mobility and is unable to self-mobilise (i.e. is unable to stand or walk more than a few step), including from a pre-existing condition, where it would be detrimental to their condition or recovery to travel by any other means.
- The patient requires support from a qualified Non-Emergency Patient Transport Service (NEPTS) crew during the journey and is required to lie down for at least part of the journey or they are a stretcher patient.
- The patient is being transferred to another NHS facility and requires medical assistance during the journey.
- The patient requires continuous oxygen or other medical gases or intravenous support.
- Patient with clearly recognised disabilities who are genuinely unable to travel by private or public transport to and from their appointments
- Have a mental health condition or suffer from long term confusion and are unable to travel by private or public transport to and from their appointments or for the purposes of daily living by virtue of this condition
If your ambulance does not arrive please contact the hospital to check that your transport has been booked.
If this has been booked we wil be contacted to check where your ambulance crew are as there may be a a sufficient reason as to why they have not arrived.
In most cases once your clinic visit has been completed the hospital will notify the ambulance service. There may also be ambulance porters on site who will escort you to the PTS ambulance waiting area where our crews will be awaiting your return.
Any planned ambulance transport can be arranged by your General Practitioner (GP), Doctor, midwives for patients who are medically unfit to travel by other means. Alternatively to help support the NHS wherever possible friends, relatives or public transport should be used.On occasions where this is not possible for example if you are medically unfit then an ambulance may be able to bring you to the hospital and return you home. Any future ambulance transport will require assessment via the hospital.
Our training is recognised as some of the most comprehensive in the industry for ACAs and we achieve 100% compliance.
All members of our ambulance crews will be equally trained as part of our standard training competencies, however on occasion there may instances where your ambulance crew may include a new member of staff who may be on a shadowing programme to allow them to gain real life scenario training.
A request for a gender specific crew in some clinical circumstances where particularly necessary, this may be possible. However, advance planning will be required therefore, booking must be made in advance atleast 48 hours ahead and you may also have to provide information to support this request.