The aim of the British Association for Ambulatory Emergency Care (BAAEC) is to promote the development, adoption and expansion of Ambulatory Emergency Care as a specialty across the NHS in the UK, for the benefit of patients, staff and members of the association.  

The BAAEC is dedicated to support widespread adoption and improvement of same-day emergency care services in the UK, and continuing the great strides made by the Ambulatory Emergency Care Network since its inception in 2011.   

The Association will:

  • continue to support individuals and organisations to rapidly adopt and expand ambulatory care
  • continue to work with the Royal College of Emergency Medicine to create a new patient level dataset for Emergency Care and Ambulatory Care
  • continue to promote the creation of appropriate environments for same-day emergency care
    share good practice
  • provide encouragement and support to all members

The Association's Council comprises of an experienced team of clinicians, operational managers and improvement leaders who have been involved with the AEC Network since its early days.

Early Adopters' Achievements

Pioneers of Ambulatory Emergency Care achieved some amazing results, providing a growing evidence of impact.

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS FT transformed its emergency pathway by using Ambulatory Care as a filter, this meant that admission wasn't the first optionfor sick patients. This philosphy resulted in 50% of admissions being discharged the same day.

The principles of ambulatory are are transferable to any setting and can be implemented rapidly, with support from the AEC Network, Milton Keynes NHS FT set up their ambulatory care service in 6 weekx, this enabled the to avoid admissions every day. Following the opening of their unit, staff repoted a much calmer environment on their medical assessment unit, with empty beds ready to recieve admissions.

As a result the network has been able to support sites and health communities to be more amtitious from the outset in order to realise the full potential of the AEC approach rapidly.

The Association hopes to continue seeing such impacts in the future.