The strategic and operational landscape of emergency services in the UK

Peter Murphy, PARESH WANKHADE, Katarzyna Lakoma

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The organisational and service delivery landscape of the emergency services in the UK has been rapidly changing and is facing further change in the foreseeable future. This paper examines recent and ongoing organisational changes in the policy development, service delivery and regulatory landscape of the emergency services, in order to capture the overall picture and potential opportunities for improvement or further investigation. This general review utilises the characteristics of the three domains of a national framework, namely policy development, service delivery, and public assurance and uses these characteristics as lenses through which to examine the three main blue light emergency services of police, fire and ambulances. What emerges in the organisational landscape and conceptual maps for the police and even more so for Fire and Rescue Services, is the immaturity of many of the organisations in the policy and the public assurance domains while the service delivery organisations have remained relatively stable. In the relatively neglected ambulance services, we find the NHS’s recent Ambulance Response Programme has considerable potential to improve parts of all three domains. Although the National Audit Office has attempted in the past to provide organisational landscape reviews of individual emergency services, this contemporary comparative review of all three services using a common model is unique. It provides considerable new insights for policy makers, service delivers and regulators.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Emergency Services
Early online date26 Aug 2019
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 26 Aug 2019


  • emergency services
  • strategic landscapes
  • operational landscape
  • ambulance
  • police
  • fire services


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