North of Scotland Ambulance Staff Recognised

 Tuesday 18 November 2014

An IT training officer who played a key role in transforming the Patient Transport Service in the North of Scotland and an Inverness specialist cleaner were among those recognised at a special awards ceremony for Scottish Ambulance Service staff in the North of Scotland.

Colin Gough, a National Systems Trainer, won the Staff Member of the Year award in recognition of his contribution to the development of a new Patient Transport Service system in Inverness Ambulance Control Centre.  Colin is always willing, even in his own time, to give support and guidance to colleagues. His commitment, attention to detail and unique implementation skills have been key factors in the successful transformation to the new system.

The Chief Executive’s Special Award was given to Antonio Pinto, who is a Specialist Cleaning Operative responsible for keeping Inverness station and its ambulances in immaculate condition.  Antonio has been with the Service for three years and always takes great pride in his work. He is regarded by colleagues as a credit to the Service and goes beyond the call of duty every day -always with a smile- to ensure that vehicles and facilities meet the stringent NHS standards for cleanliness.

Carloway First Responders, based on the west coast of Lewis, won the Team of the Year award in recognition of their dedication and commitment in serving the local community.  The team works closely with Service staff in Stornoway and Barvas. As First Responders, the team provides an invaluable community service, responding quickly to 999 calls to provide early care while the ambulance is on its way.

The Scottish Ambulance Service Values award was presented to Linda Hogg, a Vehicle Washer based at Aberdeen ambulance station.  Linda is regarded as a colleague who works incredibly hard and regularly goes the extra mile to keep the station running smoothly.  She is always available to help people and is appreciated by everyone who works in the station.

This year’s Partnership Award recognised the Red Cross in Aberdeen for the invaluable support that their volunteers provide in Aberdeen. They work closely with Service teams at all the large events in the city, providing exceptional patient care. All of the volunteers work unsocial hours and weekends and are always enthusiastic about assisting the Service whenever they can.

Pauline Howie, Chief Executive, Scottish Ambulance Service, said:
“Our awards for staff in the North of Scotland recognise their dedication and commitment in striving to provide the best possible care for patients.  Many of the awards this year recognise those who work vital supporting roles, ensuring that our frontline services continue to operate at the highest standard. 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.