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Designing the Non-Emergency Patient Transport Service

Along with our colleagues in East Leicestershire and Rutland CCG and Leicester City CCG, we have been talking to people from across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, asking them “What needs to happen so that patients in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland who are eligible experience effective, safe, appropriate and timely non-emergency transport services?” This is to help us in designing future services.

We have gathered people’s real experience of non-emergency patient transport services currently provided by Arriva – patients, carers, escorts and health care professionals.  We have also heard from drivers and control room and booking staff whose experience of providing non-emergency transport services directly influences the quality of the service and outcomes.

The findings of the research were shared with patients, carers, health and care staff and transport provider staff at a public engagement event held on Thursday 14 July.  The event was well attended and after hearing the insights the group contributed by sharing their own experiences which are also contributing to redesigning the non-emergency patient transport service. 

Following the discussions around the insights, we moved on to the high impact actions that had been  identified from the research as being the key actions to address so that we could make improvements to what patient transport services are commissioned which will benefit everyone from patients and carers to drivers and hospital staff. You can see the actions in the image below.

High impact actions

You can find out more about these actions and the insight behind them, by downloading the presentations below.

This work is currently helping us to ensure that a specification or detailed description is put together that sees the delivery of safe, effective and sustainable transport to eligible patients between their nominated place of residence, to, from and between NHS-funded healthcare facilities in a timely manner, so that they can receive pre-booked health and care.