Recognition for Northern Ambulance Staff

 Wednesday 4 July 2012

An ambulance technician from Aberdeen and a paramedic from Glencoe are among ambulance staff in the north of Scotland recognised for their exceptional achievements in a special awards ceremony in Inverness.

This is the second year of the Scottish Ambulance Service Recognition Awards, which is sponsored by Scotmid.

Aberdeen based Ambulance Technician Donald Montgomery won the Staff Member of the Year award in recognition for his dedication and commitment to patient care and his support for colleagues. Donald has been with the Scottish Ambulance Service for 36 years and is due to retire this year. He can often be seen at Community Galas and open days promoting safety messages in his own time and he is an integral member of the Grampian Road Safety Team.  He has been a role model for new staff joining the Service and guided many of his peers through their career development.

The Chief Executive’s Special Award was given to David Doogan from Glencoe who joined the Service in 1986 as a trainee ambulanceman and is a Leading Ambulance Paramedic.  David has a prominent role in communities around the highlands where he has been instrumental in supporting and training First Responder schemes.  He is held in high regard by his colleagues and is always prepared to offer support and assistance to the team.

Staff who run the Patient Transport Service (PTS) in the North won the Team of the Year after successfully implementing a new direct booking system for patients with a roll out od secure mobile data technology on all PTS vehicles. The new service was launched in the North last April and created a much more accessible and personal service for patients.

The professionalism and partnership working of a multi disciplinary team that responded to a tragic road accident on the A9 on 8 June between a bus and a car was recognised in Working Together for Better Patient Care award. The response included ambulance control centre staff, paramedics, air ambulance, local doctors, the Emergency Medical Retrieval Team and the Tayside Trauma Team.

The Scottish Ambulance Service Values Award was won by Malcolm MacLeod, a Paramedic and Area Service Manager based in Stornoway.  Malcolm manages local operations in the Western and Northern Isles and is a tremendous role model.  He is recognised by his peers for his integrity and a consistent commitment to deliver the best possible care for patients.

Pauline Howie, Chief Executive, Scottish Ambulance Service, said:
“This is the second year of our awards initiative, which recognises the professionalism and commitment of our staff, that is regularly beyond the normal line of duty.  Entrants are nominated by their peers and it is always humbling to see so many stories about staff who are totally dedicated to delivering the best possible care for patients in communities across the north of Scotland, often in their own spare time. They should all be proud of their achievements and are a credit to the Service.”

Malcolm Brown, Head of Corporate Communications, Scotmid, added:
“Scotmid is delighted to be sponsoring the Scottish Ambulance Service Recognition Awards and to recognise these unsung heroes who are saving lives on a daily basis.  The Scottish Ambulance Service operates across all the communities of Scotland, which makes it a perfect fit with the communities that Scotmid serves.”

The Service will hold a similar recognition awards event in the east and west of Scotland later this year.