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Improving Pre-Hospital Care for Emergencies

A programme led by academics from the University's Community and Health Research Unit has improved frontline care for people suffering from stroke and heart attacks.

The project, led by Professor Niroshan Siriwardena, aimed to advance the quality of urgent and emergency care, particularly pre-hospital care provided by ambulance services. It has led to evidence of gaps in service quality, initiatives to address these and improved care for sufferers of heart attack, stroke, asthma and diabetes across the ambulance services in England.

The research has changed national policy and practice. The first national clinical indicator set for ambulance services, developed by the group, has enabled better regulation and has raised performance quality.