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In 1995 the ASA and JRCALC formed a Joint ASA/JRCALC Clinical Effectiveness Committee to promote the highest quality pre-hospital care through clinical audit, education prorammes, and evidence based practice. In 1998 the ASA/JRCALC Clinical Effectiveness Committee made a successful bid to the Department of Health to fund the Ambulance Service Association National Clinical Effectiveness Programme as an 18 month project as part of the 'Core Audit Programme'.

From April 2000 the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) took over the funding of the Programme as part of the 'Effective Clinical Practice Programme'.

As of April 2001 the Programme is funded directly by both the ASA and JRCALC.

Click here for the ASA/JRCALC Clinical Effectiveness Committee - Mission Statement

The Ambulance Service Association (ASA) is the single authoritative voice of UK public sector ambulance services. Through corporate membership of their employing ambulance Trusts, all NHS ambulance staff are part of the ASA. The ASA has, as its primary objective the promotion and management of effective and efficient ambulance services within the public sector. It encorages mutual help amongst ambulance services through the pooling of experience and the facilitation of cooperation; it encourages an interchange of ideas, both nationally and internationally; it represents the views of ambulance services to the government and government officials; and it seeks to develop education and training for the highest standards of pre-hospital care. more>>>

The Joint Royal Colleges Ambulance Liaison Committee (JRCALC) was created in 1991 to provide a link between the ambulance services and the medical and nursing professions. During the 1980's the ambulance service started on a training programme for both the newly created paramedics and existing ambulance technicians. The continued training in existing skills, and the introduction of new skills, shows no sign of slowing down, and JRCALC recognise that these developments must be based on the best possible advice if the tremendous potential of pre-hospital care is to be achieved. Before JRCALC nobody provided a link between the ambulance services and the other medical professions - JRCALC aims to provide advice via such a link. more >>>