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Andrew Ormerod

Andrew Ormerod

Clinical Lead for Urgent Care Practitioners,
North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Andrew Ormerod is a Clinical Lead / Advanced Practitioner at North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust. Andrew was one of the first UK Paramedics born from a University level of education. A natural innovator, Andrew supported a program around Continuing Professional Education that is now Europes biggest provider-supporting Health and Social Care Professionals to keep an accurate record of their learning and development @CPDme. Recently Andrew was published in the Nursing Times for innovating development and implementing  Nurses on the front line of the UK Ambulance Services as Urgent Care Practitioners. Andrew has a valued seat on the UK Trauma Care Council where he supports education and development across a multidiscipline of Professionals, developing skill sets in managing traumatic patients from roadside to rehabilitation. Andrews current role sees him supporting four large UK NHS Ambulance Service Trusts (NWAS, NEAS, YAS & EMids) known as the Northern Ambulance Alliance. Here he is Clinical Programme Lead for Avoidable Conveyance and Telehealth.

  • Outlining North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust’s Urgent Care Practitioners pilot scheme, which utilised experienced nurses and paramedics to answer less urgent calls to help reduce the number of unnecessary trips to accident and emergency
  • Examining the role of the Urgent Care Practitioner, which was split between providing telephone triage and advice to the service’s clinical hub and responding to less urgent incidents to provide treatment or referrals.
  • Analysing the journey of the pilot scheme and the next steps of the programme, which saw 12 urgent care practitioners deployed including six nurses  during the pilot phase, and now has expanded to 18 urgent care practitioners – including eight nurses and one paramedic/qualified nurse
  • Highlighting the key benefits of the programme, including reducing tribalism between nursing and paramedic profession, averaging 73% of “see and treat” cases on the spot and averaging 44% of cases resulting in avoiding a hospital visit