COSLA health & care lead joins ambulance board

Thursday 27th June 2019

The councillor who leads on health and social care at the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) is to join the board of the Scottish Ambulance Service.

Councillor Stuart Currie said he was “delighted” to be joining the ambulance service.

An East Lothian councillor for more than 12 years, Cllr Currie is responsible for integration, mental health and public health at local government umbrella body COSLA.

The SNP representative also sat on East Lothian health and social care partnership’s Integration Joint Board.

Cllr Currie said: “I am delighted to be appointed to the Scottish Ambulance Service board as a non-executive member and look forward to working closely with the Chair, Tom Steele, and other board members.

“There has never been a more exciting time to join the service, as it implements its ambitious strategy to provide the best care for patients and save more lives.”

“The Scottish Ambulance Service provides invaluable support to communities across Scotland - from its emergency responding 999 service, Patient Transport Service and Ambulance Control Centres, dedicated staff carry out tremendous work each and every day. I hope my wealth of experience will be of great benefit to the service.”

Cllr Currie will be joined in his new role by Carol Sinclair who works in a senior public health role at NHS Scotland.

She has experience in quality improvement and successful transformation programmes.

Earlier this month, reported the ambulance service is currently drawing up changes that will require aspiring paramedics to complete a new degree course.

Elsewhere, Jim Ward, medical director at the ambulance service, told how a new way of matching ambulance response to a patient’s needs had led to a dramatic improvement in survival rates.