West of Scotland Ambulance Staff Recognised

 Thursday 23 October 2014

A Paramedic who recently lost a battle with cancer and a Driver/Handyman were among those recognised at a special awards ceremony for Scottish Ambulance Service staff in the West of Scotland.

Brian Paterson, a Driver/Handyman based in Vale of Leven won the Staff Member of the Year award in recognition of his contribution in keeping ambulances on the road. Brian often works beyond the hours required, moving vehicles around the fleet to ensure that they are available for operations. In addition he regularly spends his spare time undertaking day-to-day repairs on equipment that bring savings to the Service. He is highly regarded by his peers and always ready to help out a colleague or deal with a last minute request.

The Chief Executive’s Special Award, was awarded posthumously to Andrew Luck, a Glasgow based motorcycle response Paramedic who lost a courageous three year battle with pancreatic cancer in July.  Andy has been an inspiration to everyone in the Service and returned to work despite major surgeries and treatment. He became a prominent campaigner for pancreatic cancer patients in Scotland and a role model for many of his colleagues, always thinking of others and willing to provide help and support. Andy continues to be missed by everyone who knew and worked with him in the Service.

The Service’s Commonwealth Games Project Team won the Team of the Year award in recognition of the successful creation and delivery of an extremely complex logistical plan that involved around 300 people. The team developed operational models that were used for the first time in Scotland. Their work was instrumental in the delivery of a successful Games, while maintaining appropriate levels of ambulance cover across the country to meet increased demand.

The Scottish Ambulance Service Values award was presented to Andrew Falp, a Paramedic based in Coatbridge. Andrew has always shown exceptional dedication and commitment to patients and continuously strives to develop his skills and support his colleagues. His passion and enthusiasm for clinical care is infectious and has made a significant contribution to the development of clinical decision making that allows more patients to be safely treated at home.

This year’s Partnership Award recognised a specialist multi disciplinary team in Lanarkshire who are working together to treat more elderly patients at home, reducing unnecessary admissions to A&E. The Age Specialist Service Emergency Team (ASSET) is led by consultants from NHS Lanarkshire and made up of paramedic and nurse practitioners, administration staff, physiotherapy and occupational therapists, as well as community psychiatric nurses.  The team provides continuity and appropriate care to acutely ill elderly patients with the emphasis on a multidisciplinary approach to healthcare.

Pauline Howie, Chief Executive, Scottish Ambulance Service, said:
“Our awards for staff in the West of Scotland recognise their dedication and commitment in striving to always deliver the highest standards of care for patients, often in new and innovative ways.  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, at times in the most challenging of situations. They are an absolute credit to the Scottish Ambulance Service and NHS Scotland."