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Expert examines state of emergency services in the UK in new book

February 16, 2023

Emergency services management expert Professor Paresh Wankhade has released a timely new book examining the best way to organise and manage the UK’s crisis ridden emergency services.

Emergency Services Management: A Research Overview delves into the complex and pressing issues facing emergency services in the country, with a particular focus on ambulance response times.

A picture of the front cover of Paresh Wankhade's new book.

Professor of Leadership and Management Paresh Wankhade said: “Our emergency services have been rapidly changing in response to increasing demand, reducing resources, the lasting impact of COVID-19 and the increasingly complex threats to public safety. All these problems have been highlighted during the ongoing NHS crisis that has seen some patients wait over 12 hours for an ambulance.

“In my new book I look at the application of public management theories to emergency services and the development of professionalism within the police, fire and rescue, and ambulance services while stressing the need for better collaboration between them and internally, such as between the many providers that make up the NHS.

“I also think we need to close the research gap between the academic and professional communities to ensure best practice and cutting-edge research is being implemented.”

The book will be officially launched on 8 March at 5pm in Edge Hill’s Business School. At the event will be a range of leading voices from the emergency services including North West Ambulance Service Deputy Chief Executive Salman Desai KAM, Deputy Chief Constable of Merseyside Police Ian Critchley QPM and Former Greater Manchester Chief Fire Officer Steve McGuirk FRS. Register here

In the book, Professor Wankhade offers a comprehensive analysis of the current state of emergency services in the UK and provides practical solutions for improving the performance and effectiveness of emergency services.

The book provides insights into the role of leadership and culture in emergency services and examines how these factors impact performance and resilience. It also offers a framework to bridge the theory-practice divide to improve our understanding of these services.

The book will be invaluable to researchers, scholars, practitioners, and students in the fields of governance, leadership, and management and is a must-read for anyone interested in the emergency services sector, public health, or public administration.

Emergency Services Management: A Research Overview is available for purchase at all major book retailers. 

Find out more about Professor Wankhade on his research profile. He also recently submitted evidence to the House of Lords Access to Emergency Services Inquiry, which can be found on the HoL website.

February 16, 2023


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