The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service exists to improve the health and well-being of the people of Northern Ireland.  We apply the highest levels of knowledge and skill to preserve life, prevent deterioration and promote recovery. We touch lives at times of basic human need, when care and compassion are what matter most.

NIAS provides high quality emergency, urgent and primary care services throughout the whole of Northern Ireland.  Our dedicated, committed and highly skilled staff work 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to ensure that our patients receive the best possible care.

We have 46 stations and deployment points spread over 5,345 square miles (13,843 km2), serving a population of over 1.8 million.

The most important function that NIAS performs is responding to emergency 999 calls as fast as possible, helping those in life-threatening conditions.  We also strive to help those who require non-emergency assistance by pointing them in the correct direction for the information that they require.

Another duty that the Ambulance Service undertakes is transporting the most vulnerable patients in our community to outpatient hospital appointments.  We do this by utilising our Patient Transport Service and the Voluntary Car Scheme.

At NIAS we have procedures in place to help with Major Incidents, be it incidents involving hazardous materials to a train crash. Our Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) will be at these scenes working with our other emergency services to treat anyone who is injured, including their fellow emergency service colleagues.

Nicole Lappin Chair

Michael Bloomfield Chief Executive

Why the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service is supporting Boardroom Apprentice

“As well as our Non Executive Director members, we believe that a Boardroom Apprentice brings a further element of independence through their contributions in discussions at Board and Committee meetings.”

Location of Board and Committee Meetings

Currently via Zoom with a view to holding meetings face-to-face when permitted.  Such meetings will be held at NIAS HQ, Site 30, Knockbracken Healthcare Park, Saintfield Road, Belfast BT8 8SG and at other NIAS venues across NI.

Frequency and timing of board/committee meetings

Board meetings are held on alternate months with Committee meetings usually taking place in the intervening months.  Meetings take place during the day usually between 10.00am – 3.00pm (unless otherwise advised) 

Date of Board Meetings (September 2021 – August 2022)

Thursday 21 January 2021 (10am)

Thursday 4 March 2021 (10am)

Thursday 6 May 2021 (10am)

Thursday 24 June 2021 (2pm)

Thursday 19 August 2021 (2pm)

Thursday 21 October 2021 (9.30am)

Thursday 16 December 2021 (10am)

Thursday 10 February 2022 (10am)

Thursday 24 March 2022 (10am)

Committee of the Boards and meeting dates (September 2021 – August 2022)

As above.