South East Ambulance staff are rewarded for their long service

Ambulance awards
Ambulance awards

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS staff were joined by volunteers and emergency service colleagues at the second of the Trust’s annual awards ceremonies.

The ceremony, for the west of SECAmb’s region, was held on March 19 at Woodlands Park Hotel, Cobham, Surrey, and saw attendees recognised for their long service.

Queen’s Ambulance Service medals for Long Service & Good conduct were presented to Stuart Rutland from Hailsham and Emma Rutland from Hailsham.

20 years NHS Long Service medals (for staff not eligible to receive Queen’s Medal) was presented to Robin Scott from Hailsham.

Chief Executive Commendations were also presented in a range of categories including clinical excellence, leadership, above and beyond the call of duty and outstanding patient care.

The Vice Lord Lieutenant of Surrey, Andrew Watts OBE, attended as the Queen’s representative to present Queen’s Medals for Long Service and Good Conduct, while Trust staff were also recognised for 20 years’ NHS service, and voluntary car drivers for 10 and 20 years’ service.

SECAmb Chief Executive Paul Sutton said, “It’s fantastic to celebrate the long service and outstanding achievements of our staff and also to recognise the teamwork and expertise of our fellow emergency service colleagues.

“I’d also like to pay tribute to the partners and families of all our staff, as a career in the ambulance service can be very intrusive.

“It’s always very humbling to meet so many worthy award winners and they should all be very proud.”

Other main awards included: Godstone Paramedic and Clinical Team Leader, Peter Hart received a Chief Executive’s Commendation for Clinical Excellence for his hard work in co-ordinating and promoting a clinical professional development programme for all grades of staff in the Trust’s Redhill and Chertsey operational areas.

A team of Surrey SECAmb clinicians were recognised, along with their police and fire service colleagues, for their expertise used at a serious road traffic collision involving a family, including a two-year-old girl who was seriously injured and needed resuscitating.

Paramedic Mark Watts, from Godalming, was recognised for going Beyond the Call of Duty for his quick actions.