The National Ambulance Commissioners Network (NACN) is chaired by Rachael Ellis, Chief Officer, NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG; West Midlands Regional Director for Integrated Urgent and Emergency Care. Rachael also sits on the NHSCC Board as the NACN representative.
It provides a network for any CCG member with an interest in ambulance commissioning. The NACN offers a national voice, influencing upwards (to policy makers) and laterally (to other urgent and emergency care stakeholders); peer-to-peer support for those working in what can be seen as a rather niche area of commissioning; a safe space for CCG ambulance commissioners to talk openly about issues and concerns; and the opportunity to share good practice (and safely share less successful initiatives) to develop consistently better outcomes for patients.
NHSCC took on the role of hosting the National Ambulance Commissioners Group (later renamed NACN) and the network has developed positively. From its early roots as an informal forum for the lead ambulance commissioners in England it has developed to encompass a wider network of commissioning managers and clinical leads from CCGs across the country, each with a key interest in ambulance commissioning.
September 2016, saw the publication of the Commissioning Framework: A Framework for the Commissioning of Ambulance Services. This was framework was co-produced with members of the National Ambulance Commissioners Network. It was produced alongside Lord Carter’s review into unwarranted variation in NHS ambulance trusts, and The Ambulance Response Programme Review.
In June 2015 NACN produced a briefing, Good Practice in Ambulance commissioning that highlighted examples of good practice across the country.
Then in November 2015 the network published a discussion paper on the future of ambulance commissioning. Developing an ambulance commissioning strategy: Five Year Forward View and beyond sets out how ambulance services work within the current system, what the NACN believes the future could look like, and the challenges that need to be overcome for this to happen. For more information on this click here.
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