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Ambulance clinicians’ preparedness for handling alcohol-related call-outs

June 19th 2024
- 14:00

Our fourth seminar of the 2024 Alcohol Occasionals was delivered by Dr Danielle Mitchell on  Wednesday 19 June.


Alcohol places a significant burden on UK ambulance services, with at least one-in-six ambulance call-outs in Scotland being alcohol-related. Ambulance staff in England have reported feeling inadequately prepared for alcohol-related call-outs in surveys, however no previous research has explored their views in-depth. We aimed to understand the perspectives of ambulance clinicians in Scotland on how they learn to handle the diverse needs of patients in alcohol-related call-outs.


This seminar explored findings from in-depth telephone interviews conducted with 27 ambulance clinicians working in frontline practice for the Scottish Ambulance Service and four people in senior management positions.


Dr Danielle Mitchell is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Social Marketing and Health with expertise in qualitative research. Recently, her work has focused on exploring the impact of alcohol and drugs on the ambulance service in Scotland, person-centred approaches to alcohol treatment in deprived areas in Scotland and young people’s views and awareness of the marketing of tobacco, e-cigarettes and emerging nicotine products in the UK.

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