Accreditation for useful equipment

Great North Air Ambulance crew Phil Lambert, Andy Dalton, and Chris Smith. Picture by Jonathan Becker.
Great North Air Ambulance crew Phil Lambert, Andy Dalton, and Chris Smith. Picture by Jonathan Becker.

An emergency organisation has achieved accreditation for a new piece of equipment.

The Great North Air Ambulance Service, which covers the North East, North Yorkshire and Cumbria, has secured certification through IQ Verify for the use of body-worn surveillance cameras.

Officials there have praised crews at the charity for utilising the Surveillance Camera Commissioner’s Certification scheme.

Dr Dave Bramley said: “I wanted to develop a system that was governed in a robust and transparent manner and complied with relevant legislation.

“I felt it would be invaluable to have the benefit of an independent expert reviewing our system in order to identify areas of good practice and also areas which could be developed further.”

The ambulance service wanted to introduce the use of camera footage for medical debriefing.

The certification process provides assurance to patients and the public that sensitive medical details are managed in a secure and appropriate manner, whilst allowing effective debriefing and training of the services’ operational crew.