Recognition for East of Scotland Ambulance Staff

 Friday 31 August 2012

A Community Development Officer who has been integral to the development of first responder schemes and public access defibrillators across Tayside, Perthshire and Stirling has been recognised amongst the winners of this year’s ambulance service staff awards.

The initiative, sponsored by Scotmid, is in its second year and highlights the commitment and dedication of ambulance staff across Scotland

Stirling-based Paramedic, Murray McEwan who is a Community Development Officer, won the Staff Member of the Year award in recognition for his dedication and commitment to the development of community resilience schemes in rural areas across Tayside, Perthshire and Stirlingshire.  Murray often attends evening and weekend training sessions for volunteers and in the last year has successfully developed ten new community first responder schemes, as well as numerous new public access defibrillators.  His colleagues describe him as someone who is totally committed and helps others as an excellent mentor.

The Chief Executive’s Special Award was given to Sarah Kilday, a Risk Manager with the National Risk and Resilience team based in Newbridge. Sarah is an enthusiastic and committed manager and has played a leading role in developing a culture of risk management across the organisation. She is at the forefront of the management of risk across the NHS in Scotland.

The staff who have ensured the safety of concert goers at T in The Park for many years, and in all weathers, won the Team of the Year. In the days leading up to the event and throughout the weekend, when crowds of up to 90,000 descend on the venue, the team provides a 24/7 medical service, working closely with organisers and other NHS professionals. They are dedicated to ensuring the safety and care of everyone at the event and do so with the highest level of professionalism.

The professionalism and partnership working of a multi disciplinary team that is working to improve cardiac resuscitation rates in Edinburgh and Lothians won the  Working Together for Better Patient Care award. The ‘Topcat Team’ are a group of paramedics who work closely with cardiologists at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary to research and develop new clinical practice in the response to cardiac arrest.  Their work has resulted in an increase in normal resuscitation rates and they continue to create valuable research data for ongoing development in this area.

The Scottish Ambulance Service Values Award was won by Susan Wilson, an Infection Control Manager, based in National Headquarters in Edinburgh. Susan is regarded as someone who consistently supports the development of patient care and puts the patient at the heart of everything she does.  Many of the patients that are attended by ambulance crews will benefit from the processes that have been developed by Susan.

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 regularly goes 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 East 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 SAS will hold a similar recognition awards event in the west of Scotland later this year.