TSA Connect Events

Posted on 01 Mar, 2017

Free events for TSA members across the UK. Hear about best practice and meet health and social care commissioners, suppliers and service providers.

  • Connects are currently taking place across the country. We are pleased to see that so far all the events we have held have been fully subscribed
  • Thanks to all those members that have attended

Why should members attend?

  • Find out what is happening nationally and locally and what it means for you
  • Tell us what you want to hear/ learn/ find out about and help shape future Connect events – tailor made to meet your needs
  • Hear about the development of national best practice for fire services working with technology enabled care service providers and get involved
  • Take part in interactive sessions
  • Work with the TSA on evolution and collaboration across all sectors
  • Set Terms of Reference for future Connect groups
  • Meet and network with other TSA members

We are now part way through the programme for the quarter 1 events and will be holding a second series in quarter 3, so please ensure you can attend. At the events, we have been summarising the work that TSA did in 2016, which included:

Lobbying and Policy

  • Developing a National TECS Narrative
  • Commissioning Think Tank
  • Putting People First White Paper


  • Update on progress with new Quality Standards Framework


  • Road Map – Analogue to Digital
  • BS 8521 Factsheet
  • Mobile Factsheet

We also provided updates on TSA's objectives for 2017.

There were updates on the work programmes that were generated from previous Connect events, such as how to work with BS 8591 and BS 5839 part 6, best practice on how to deal with DNAR and medication reminder protocols. This work is being led by TSA Associate, Nathan Downing and work is expected to be complete in the summer.

Gillian Austin gave presentations on the work underway with training initiatives that TSA is developing and the recently launched e-learning platform, which currently has the Fire Safety in the Home module available for all, including non-members, to use. Full details of the e-learning modules and training packages available can be found on the TSA website.

Workshops have been held to see what members would like to see at these events in the future, with suggestions around marketing and the use of social media.

There have been updates on the work done so far with the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives (AACE), where there has been discussion with regard to improved communication and the use of a national emergency triage algorithm, as well as updates on the partnership with Inprova Group, our procurement partner and how the plans for this new offering are developing.

The afternoon sessions have focussed on the new Quality Standards Framework (currently in consultation with members) which moves from an outputs-based Code of Practice to an Outcomes-based framework. There have been discussions on how to prepare for the new style of auditing as well as an explanation of the rationale behind some of the very important changes, which in some cases reflect the outcomes of coroner inquests.

There will be many more events throughout the year, including the second round of Connect Events, Regional Events in association with the Welsh Government and the Innovation Network, as well as our international conference in October at the ICC in Birmingham, so keep visiting the events section of the TSA website to ensure you are up to date with what is happening.