Perthshire Paramedic Wins Top Health Award

 Friday 3 November 2017

A Paramedic Team Leader from Perthshire has won the prestigious Leader of the Year Award at the annual Scottish Health Awards.

The Leader of the Year Award recognises leaders who are outstanding in the work they do to make change happen and work with others to enhance the delivery of care.

John Pritchard, who is based at Scone Airport and lives in Crieff with his family, is the Paramedic Team Leader with Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA). He joined the Scottish Ambulance Service in 1995 and was awarded an MBE from Her Majesty the Queen in the 2012 New Year’s Honours List. John is currently a director of the British Association of Immediate Care Scotland and a responder in the Perthshire area.

In his acceptance speech, John thanked the whole team at SCAA who go above and beyond to provide an exceptional level of care and support to patients. He also praised the warm and welcoming working environment and the accessibility of such an inspirational charity.

Andy Moir, Scottish Ambulance Service Head of Air Ambulance Services, said, “It is fantastic to see John’s hard work, dedication and leadership recognised with this award. As well as his commitment to the delivery of the highest possible level of patient care, both as part of his day job and in a voluntary capacity, John works tirelessly to support the close working relationship between the Scottish Air Ambulance Service and SCAA and the important role both play in keeping people safe across Scotland.”

Pauline Howie, Scottish Ambulance Service Chief Executive said, "I am delighted to see a broad cross section of the Service recognised at the Scottish Health Awards this year. The delivery of high quality clinical care by our staff and volunteers is right at the heart of what we do. The fact that we are saving more lives than ever before, treating more patients at home where they want to be cared for, and improving staff experience, in the context of rising demand and patient expectations, is testament to the care, compassion and dedication of our staff and volunteers.”

The Scottish Ambulance Service was nominated in four categories and won in all of them at the ceremony in Edinburgh’s Corn Exchange last night (Thursday 02 November).