Air Ambulance Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service Health and Social Care Trust (NIAS) have both joined the UK Association of Air Ambulance (AAA) as full members.
This now means that the AAA represents 20 air ambulance charities, 13 ambulance services and 37 of the HEMS aircraft currently in operation in the UK. Being a full member means that a HEMS service commits to ethical fundraising, collaboration, a unified vision of improving patient outcomes and abide by the AAA’s Code of Conduct. Membership also grants access to a range of benefits, services, information and resources, together with statistics and clear guidance on improved charitable, operational and clinical best practice, said the Association.
Dr David McManus, NIAS medical director, said: “The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service is delighted to become a member of the Association of Air Ambulances and looks forward to working with AAA as we deliver a HEMS in NI together with our charitable partner Air Ambulance NI.” He added: “NIAS is committed to delivering high quality, safe patient care and we welcome the opportunity to learn from the experience and expertise of the wider AAA membership and very much value their support.”