Queen’s Ambulance Service Medal For Bassett

 Thursday 31 December 2015

Paul Bassett, General Manager for the Scottish Ambulance Service South East Division, has been awarded the Queen’s Ambulance Service Medal.

Paul has been with the Scottish Ambulance Service for 4 years, moving from East of England Ambulance Service, where he served for 14 years. He is the senior manager with responsibility for ambulance operations in Edinburgh, Lothian and the Borders. In recent years he has led the team in successful planning and delivery for Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, The Military Tattoo, and events at the Palace of Holyrood and Scottish Parliament.

Paul is the national lead for the Service on a number of projects such as unscheduled care, liaison with Police Scotland and collaborative working.

In response to increasing demand and changes in the delivery of healthcare, Paul was integral to leading the ambulance response to improving patient flow.He led the development of a Clinical Support desk in Ambulance Control, which manages 40,000 low acuity calls improving efficiency and effectiveness of ambulance resources through more appropriate care pathways.

Pauline Howie, Chief Executive, Scottish Ambulance Service said:

"I am delighted that Paul’s commitment and dedication to patient care through out his ambulance service career has been recognised in this year’s honours. Healways leads by example and has played a significant role in the development of new initiatives and innovations that have benefitted patients and staff."