Recognition for East of Scotland Ambulance Staff

 Monday 9 September 2013

An ambulance paramedic in Cupar who has dedicated his career to delivering quality patient care, supporting staff and involving the local community in life saving initiatives has been recognised amongst the winners of this year’s ambulance service staff awards for the East of Scotland.

Paramedic Team Leader at Cupar ambulance station, Andrew Sheldrick, won the Staff Member of the Year award after his colleagues described him as a ‘pivotal’ member of the team.  Andrew has worked in the area for over 20 years, mentoring old and new staff and promoting first aid and HeartStart in schools, colleges and at community events. He was the driving force behind the development of the first volunteer First Responder team at RAF Leuchars more than ten years ago.  Andrew often undertakes educational work in his own time around the community and has inspired some volunteers to join the Service and go on to become paramedics themselves.

The Chief Executive’s Special Award went to two paramedics from Duns and Galashiels in the Scottish Borders who have worked determinedly to deliver a world leading trial that could save cardiac lives by undertaking blood analysis that normally takes place in hospital in an ambulance. Paramedics, Colin Baxter and George Miller, played a key role in the multidisciplinary team which included The Scottish Centre for Telehealth and Telecare and NHS Borders.  The pioneering project has received world wide recognition for the Service, thanks to the dedication of Colin and George, who have over 65 years of combined service between them.

The Patient Transport Service team in Dundee won the Team of the Year in recognition of their commitment to patients and hard work in the successful transition to the new service.  They have consistently gone beyond the call of duty in staying on late to help hospitals manage available beds for patients and have supported many short notice discharges to ensure patients return home safely.  They often undertake further skills training in their own time to provide a little extra support to patients. During winter they are regularly in early to help clear snow, ensuring crucial operations continue to run smoothly.

The Scottish Ambulance Service Values award was presented to Alan McIntyre, a clinical team leader at Leven ambulance station after colleagues highlighted the support, training and mentoring that he has provided to staff for over 30 years. His  peers described him as “an excellent team player who always puts patient care first” and is “respected as an invaluable member of the team”. Alan takes time with individual members of staff to understand their needs and help them source appropriate training. He organises study evenings in his own time and in different places to make it easier for staff to attend.

Lynne Dickson, the first member of the South Queensferry First Responder team, won the Working Together for Better Patient care. Lynne responded on her own until more volunteers joined the group and is described by peers as a ‘”one woman leader, trainer, volunteer, coach inspirer and fundraiser.” She has run over 20 HeartStart courses and continuously delivers learning sessions for schools and local community groups in the area.

Pauline Howie, Chief Executive, Scottish Ambulance Service, said:
“Now in its third year, our awards programme recognises the professionalism and commitment of our staff, many of whom go beyond the normal call of duty.  All of the entrants have been nominated by their peers, who value the dedication and commitment to patient care that they display on a daily basis. Our staff are very modest about the incredible care that they provide for patients and this event is a reminder of the difference that they make to patients’ lives. They are an absolute credit to the Scottish Ambulance Service and NHS Scotland."