Thousands of ambulance staff across England will wear body-worn cameras following successful trials withLondon Ambulance Serviceand North East Ambulance Service.
The trials demonstrated that the body-worn cameras, supplied by Motorola, improved transparency for staff and citizens to assist in de-escalating situations, leading to the accelerated roll out of the cameras across all trusts in England – three years ahead of theNHS Long Term Plantarget.
The foundation of safety that the cameras provide allows ambulance workers to remain focused on making life-saving decisions and delivering patient care.
“If we are unable to protect our staff, we are unable to provide a service that’s fit for purpose for the public we serve,” said Darren Green, clinical service manager at North East Ambulance Service. “The availability of body-worn cameras for our staff is something that we have championed for a long time and we are delighted to have led the trial to help implement them nationally.”
“Looking after our staff and volunteers and keeping them safe is a top priority. These cameras should act as a deterrent and will also help provide evidence,” said Dr John Martin, Chief Paramedic and Quality Officer at London Ambulance Service.
The cameras are activated by the wearer, securely assigned to a frontline worker using their ID badge and offer an extended battery life that lasts beyond the shift with up to 12 hours of recording. The ambulance trusts will deploy the body-worn cameras withVideoManager evidence management softwareto seamlessly upload and manage the recorded video as part of their workflow.
James is the Editor of Government Transformation magazine, and has been covering digital government and public sector reform for 20 years. He also oversees the development of the agenda for the UK's biggest public sector transformation conference.