St John Ambulance's response to the NHS Long Term
Our CEO shares our thoughts on the NHS's plans for the next ten
Martin Houghton-Brown, CEO of St John Ambulance, said:
'St John Ambulance welcomes the ambition in the plan on both
physical and mental health and the shift in focus to the community,
but recognises some of the challenges in delivering against it.
We are proud to work in partnership with the NHS and stand ready
to play our role through healthcare volunteering in the community,
improving patient outcomes, developing the next generation of
health professionals; whilst relieving pressure on NHS acute
In particular, we welcome:
The recognition of the role healthcare volunteers play
in building resilient communities, alleviating the pressure on the
We already work alongside other agencies at temporary minor
injury units around the country, providing treatment to patients
with minor illnesses and minor medical conditions to help reduce
A&E admissions during the busy times.
The commitment to extra resources for mental health,
especially for young people.
We believe that taking care of our own and one another’s mental
wellbeing, whether it’s managing stress, depression or another
condition, is as important as looking after physical illness. Our
long-term goal, is to support people in workplaces and communities
in their whole health and wellbeing.
The aim of a national network of community
Receiving emergency medical care in the vital minutes before an
ambulance arrives can make a huge difference to whether a life is
lost or saved. Communities across the country benefit from the
emergency support provided by St John Ambulance’s thousands of
volunteers who are trained to respond to a cardiac arrest and save
lives when they do, not to mention the communities served by the
300+ volunteer Community First Responders who deliver care in those
key moments, saving lives and improving health outcomes. We believe
there is more we can do to support the NHS through our first
response support in communities and with increasing health care
demands, our ability to be there for people in times of crisis ever
to read the full plan.