We are Registered for the following Regulated Activites;
Transport services, triage and medical advice provided remotely
This allows us to provide ambulance and other vehicle transport for people requiring transfer to hospitals, urgent care centres or other definitive care.
Treatment of disease, disorder
This allows us to provide high levels of treatment to people at events without the need to transport people to hospital. This is a far higher level of care than basic first aid.
Implications of using a non CQC Registered service.
By not using a CQC registered ambulance provider, you could be breaking the law.
There is no requirement for a medical provider to be registered to bring an ambulance onto your event site and treat patients in it. But the minute that patient needs to be transported to hospital, your provider MUST BE CQC REGISTERED!
Don’t be duped by providers saying they’ll provide an ambulance only to find out that they have to dial 999 when one of your customers needs transport to hospital.
The CQC exists to ensure high levels of care to the public by companies providing regulated activities. If a company is not CQC registered, your event ambulance could be staffed by someone with a one day first aid certificate, not a professional.
The CQC actively encourages the reporting of unregistered providers so they can take swift action.
If in the process of searching for medical and ambulance cover for your event, you stumble across an ambulance or medical provider that is unregistered (By law a CQC registered company has to display their rating, much like a Food Hygiene rating), then please report it to the CQC via http://www.cqc.org.uk/content/report-unregistered-service . This ensures that the ‘cowboys’ of the industry are clamped down on and your paying customers health, safety and welfare aren’t put at risk.
The below text is taken from The Purple Guide and puts the onus on you, the event organiser to carry out due diligence when appointing a medical provider…
Appointing a competent medical , ambulance and first-aid provider
5.10 Before contracting a medical, ambulance and first-aid provider for an event, it is important to ensure that they will be able to supply what is needed. It is good practice to take up references from other customers who have used the provider for an event of similar type and magnitude. Check that they hold appropriate insurances and ask questions about some of the events they have covered. For example: Did they do all of the medical, ambulance and first-aid provision, or just a handful of staff to support the main provider?
5.11 If the event needs staff that must be on the professional registers of the Health and Care Professions Council, Nursing and Midwifery Council or General Medical Council, it is advisable to check that their registration status is correct.
5.12 If the event requires ambulances in England, the provider maybe required to be registered with the Care Quality Commission for the provision of some services. The various registrations can normally be checked via the organisations’ websites.