Recognition for West of Scotland Ambulance Staff

 Thursday 25 October 2012

A mechanic who works tirelessly in all weathers to keep ambulances running in Glasgow and Paisley is amongst staff who have been recognised in this year’s ambulance service staff awards for the West of Scotland.

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

David Johnston, a Field Mechanic based in the ambulance vehicle workshops in Glasgow, won the Staff Member of the Year award in recognition of his dedication and commitment throughout 17 years with the SAS. He shows the same level of commitment and motivation in snow, rain, ice and sunshine to make sure that ambulances are kept on the road to respond to emergencies. Crews often acknowledge his professionalism and he is well liked and respected by his colleagues.

The Chief Executive’s Special Award was given to David Fitzpatrick, a Clinical Research Paramedic who examines patient outcomes in order to inform operational practice that improves patient care.  David is an exceptional paramedic with outstanding clinical skills and spends considerable time mentoring others.  He has played an integral role in developing new care pathways for patients and building relationships with other healthcare partners.

A group of staff who care for a 14 year old cancer patient, ensuring that he is transferred in comfort and safety to hospital clinics won the Team of the Year. The patient’s mother nominated ambulance Care Assistants, Diane Wallace, Eleanor Kane, David Chalmers, Iain McAndrew and car driver, Frank McSorley. She said: “They are always caring, sincere, patient, friendly and see us as individuals and not just numbers.  They can always make us smile, these people truly have hearts of gold.”

The professionalism and partnership working of the British Red Cross was recognised with the Working Together for Better Patient Care award. BRC volunteers from the West of Scotland branch worked closely with the SAS, Glasgow City Council and Strathclyde Police to run the SOS bus in the city last December. They treated over 300 people, ensuring that they were monitored in a safe environment.  The British Red Cross often works in partnership with the SAS, whether that is the provision of volunteer first responders or as additional support during severe weather or periods of peak pressure.

Derek Louttit, a Paramedic Team Leader who leads on clinical governance in Glasgow and Lanarkshire, won the Scottish Ambulance Service Values Award.  Derek was recognised by colleagues for the consistent high standards that he delivers. He is a role model to others and frequently acts as an informal mentor to staff.

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 the public 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 West 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.”