Awards Honour East of Scotland Ambulance Staff

 Wednesday 1 October 2014

The dedication and commitment of ambulance staff from the East of Scotland has been recognised in a special awards ceremony. The winners were nominated in five categories by their peers in the Service.

A member of the East Patient Transport Team, Area Ambulance Assistant, Jacqueline Martin, received the Staff Member of the Year award in recognition of her tireless work to implement the changes to the Patient Transport Service.  Jacqueline’s commitment and dedication in training and supporting new staff, as well as implementing new systems, has had a positive impact on the Service and patient care. She is an outstanding role model and mentor for all of the team.

The Chief Executive’s Special Award, which recognises outstanding contribution to the achievement of the Service strategy, was awarded to Michael McKenna, a paramedic based in Falkirk. Michael has always been committed to helping others and has voluntarily run local journal clubs with guest speakers to support learning and development in his station. He provides mentorship for his colleagues and recently volunteered to lead the local trials of a new initiative to combat sepsis. He has spent considerable personal time helping to improve how clinicians can recognise this high-risk condition, publishing his work in a per review journal, showing inspirational dedication beyond the call of duty.

The Workforce Planning Team won the Team of the Year award in recognition of their commitment to provide the best possible service to staff.  Led by Resource Planner, Hayley Allan, the team plays a crucial role in the provision of ambulance cover by creating complex resource plans to ensure that the most appropriate levels of shift cover are in place to match dynamic demand patterns.  The team has worked incredibly hard this year to implement new systems, working closely with colleagues with an ever present ‘can do’ attitude.

The Scottish Ambulance Service Values award was presented to Senior Procurement Specialist, Fred Davidson, for his innovative work on the development of a unique new framework for the supply of vehicle parts.  Fred showed unstinting commitment in delivering a challenging and time intensive project that required consultation and agreement with several other contracting authorities. The result is a new framework that has delivered greater flexibility and speed to parts supply, improving the efficiency of the vehicle fleet and positively impacting patient care.
Donna Hendry, a Paramedic Team Leader in Fife, won the Partnership Award in recognition of her unstinting commitment over the last ten years to achieve the Healthy Working Lives Gold Award for East Central Division.  She has worked tirelessly to prepare for the recertification of the award while supporting other divisions in their work to follow suit.  Donna also supports a network of First Responders in Fife, as well as finding time to study for an instructor award for teaching mental health and a BSc Paramedic Practice Degree.  She is an inspirational member of the team.

Pauline Howie, Chief Executive, Scottish Ambulance Service, said:
“Our awards programme recognises the professionalism and commitment of our staff, many of whom go beyond the normal call of duty.  All of the entrants have been nominated by their peers and it is humbling to hear their stories, which are a reminder of the difference that they make to people’s lives every day. Today our staff are working harder than ever, often in the most challenging of situations. They are an absolute credit to the Scottish Ambulance Service and NHS Scotland."