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Emergency Service Collaboration

In July 2014, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire was successful in applying for funding from the three government departments to establish an Emergency Services Collaboration Working Group (ESCWG) to look in more depth at the position of collaboration nationally with a remit to provide strategic leadership, guidance and an overview of collaborations across England and Wales. In September 2014 the Home Office undertook an initial review to map the current landscape of collaboration between blue lights nationally with a view to providing an evidence base for the commissioning of further research by the working group into specific areas. The initial review asked a number of ambulance trusts, fire and rescue authorities, and police forces across England and Wales to provide examples of collaboration they were engaged with and their future plans. In doing so, the national overview provided a snapshot in time of where blue light collaboration is occurring across the country.

Building on the national overview, the working group commissioned The Universities of Nottingham, Birmingham and West Scotland in conjunction with the charity Skills for Justice, to identify how services could work together to improve delivery at a time of restricted public funding. This research focused on six emergency services collaboration projects across England and Wales, covering efficient services, effective services and emerging best practice, and aimed to identify the factors that have resulted in a number of very positive collaborations and the main barriers to increasing the scope and speed of collaboration between services in England and Wales.

The results of the commissioned research can be found here

Emergency Services Collaboration Working Group – The Current Picture

The Emergency Services Collaboration Working Group are pleased to launch the refreshed National Overview (2016). The refreshed overview is designed to provide services and associations with a variety of examples of significant collaborative projects from across the country, which are designed to help deliver the efficient and effective emergency services everyone would like to see. The review is designed to be as accessible as possible and to be used in accordance with local needs and priorities.