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Children’s Air Amb NHS partner gets gold standard

The Children’s Air Ambulance is celebrating after one of our NHS partners received a prestigious accreditation, thanks to help from us.

Embrace Yorkshire & Humber Infant & Children’s Transport Service is one of the clinical teams who works with us. As the babies and children we transport need specialist care, the Children’s Air Ambulance trains teams from paediatric units to be able to work in our helicopter. Wearing a flight suit, helmet and flying while taking care of a critically ill infant can be difficult, so it’s vital that their training is as comprehensive as possible.

CAMTS is widely considered to be the gold standard of international accreditation for air medical transport services and is an accreditation that Embrace has been working towards gaining for the last two years.

It was key for Embrace to work closely with us on this as we are a one of a kind service. While there are many air ambulances across the country that attend emergencies and provide on-scene care, the Children’s Air Ambulance is the only helicopter service dedicated to transferring critically ill infants and babies from hospital to specialist paediatric units across the UK. So we were played a unique part in helping Embrace meet the rigorous requirements of the accreditation.

To get the certification, Embrace was subject to a three day survey in Barnsley, with CAMTS spending over 200 hours scrutinising their service. They worked with us, and a wide variety of other partners to prove themselves, including Yorkshire Air Ambulance, CEGA Air Ambulance (a private international fixed wing service that can be hired).
Dr Steve Hancock, an Embrace consultant, said: “The involvement of the Children’s Air Ambulance, which is only in its second year of operations, was particularly important. It was very impressive for such a new organisation to stand up to this level of inspection.”

The Embrace team is one of six clinical NHS retrieval teams trained to fly with the Children’s Air Ambulance, and they have already completed over 40 missions us. Demand on the service is rising as it, and its benefits, become more widely known to clinicians.

On average, two children a day could benefit from our transfer service.

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