Gerry Egan, a clinician for 33 years with the Scottish Ambulance Service, has been awarded the Queen’s Ambulance Medal. Gerry joined the Service in 1979 as a relief Ambulanceman working on-call in Fort William. Since then he has consistently delivered high quality, safe and effective patient care throughout his career, attaining the post of Paramedic Clinical Director – the highest clinical position a paramedic can achieve.
Gerry has achieved a vast range of experience, working in rural Scotland and busy urban areas, as well as tours as an air ambulance paramedic, a trainer and a senior manager. He was one of the first paramedics to achieve the Diploma in Immediate Medical Care at the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh. Throughout his career he has demonstrated excellent leadership skills, encouraging new staff to learn and develop clinical skills.
Over the course of his career Gerry has managed a number of complex and difficult incidents, showing dedication and skill in managing patients, saving lives through his personal actions, but also supporting younger colleagues.
Gerry has championed clinical audit, service developments and research. He brought senior academics into the organisation to take forward world-leading research in the management of pre-hospital cardiac arrest, leading to a significant increase in cardiac arrest survival.
He supported the development of the national awareness campaign for stroke and has facilitated the development of a smart phone app to help the public recognise the signs and symptoms of stroke, and call 999 early to allow possible life saving thrombolysis treatment to be administered.
Gerry said: “I am delighted to have been given this award. Joining the ambulance service was the best decision I could have made and it has given me a rich and rewarding career.”
Pauline Howie, Chief Executive, Scottish Ambulance Service, said: “This award is a great honour for Gerry and recognises the huge contribution that he has made for patients and colleagues alike. He is an outstanding role model.”