The Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch has launched its latest report regarding the transfer of ill adults. This guide illustrates the lack of National guidance and standard practice for ambulance transfers for adults that are critically ill.

The report sets out two safety recommendations:

  • The Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) coordinates the development of national guidance, with the arm’s length bodies, for the transfer of critically ill adults, both in planned and emergency situations.
  • The Association of Ambulance Chief Executives (AACE) works with partners to define best practice standards for the criteria, format, delivery and receipt of ambulance service pre-alerts.