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Ambulance staff and volunteers gather to celebrate achievements

14 March 2016

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) staff and volunteers celebrated long service and special achievements at the second of the Trust’s annual awards ceremonies.

The ceremony, for the west of SECAmb’s region, was held on Thursday 10 March at Woodlands Park Hotel, near Cobham, Surrey.

The event saw attendees recognised for long service and also receive Chief Executive Commendations across a range of categories including clinical excellence, patient care and for actions above and beyond the call of duty.

Volunteers were recognised for their long service with volunteer car drivers Shelia Strachan from Chichester and Jean Briant from Brighton picking up awards for 30 and 10 years’ service respectively.

The Lord Lieutenant of Surrey, Michael More-Molyneux, attended as the Queen’s representative to present Queen’s Medals for 20 years’ Long Service and Good Conduct to those in a frontline A&E role, while staff also picked up awards for 20, 30 and 40 years’ NHS service.

Commendations included Emergency Care Support Worker Dave Wakeford from Tongham, Surrey, being recognised for going above and beyond the call of duty when he prevented a police officer from being seriously harmed when a patient attempted to stab him.

Meanwhile the team of Ambulance Technician Robin Page, Paramedic Andy Tyler, both from Burgess Hill and Critical Care Paramedic Paul Winsor, from Brighton, were honoured for their clinical excellence and crucial early interventions in saving the life of an Australian man who suffered a serious head injury on a night out in Brighton last year.

Trust Employee of the Year went to Paramedic and Clinical Operations Manager for Chertsey, Steve Haire. Steve, who received more nominations than anyone else, was recognised for his continual support to staff and his leadership and management style.

SECAmb Team of the Year was awarded to all staff involved in responding to the devastating Shoreham Airshow tragedy while the Trust’s soon to step down lead chaplain, Francis Pole, also picked up a special award for his 12-year dedication to the service.

Further details of all award winners on the night can be found below. For further information on each award please see the awards booklet.Chief Executive Commendations

Above and Beyond the Call of Duty – Emergency Care Support Worker Dave Wakeford from Tongham, Surrey, was recognised for going above and beyond the call of duty when he prevented a police officer from being seriously harmed when a patient attempted to stab him.

Clinical Excellence – Emergency Medical Advisor, Rebecca Rothwell, Banstead, Dispatch Team Leader, Becky Sidey, Banstead, Paramedic Kerry Fisk, Guildford, Paramedic Practitioner, Roger Haire, Haslemere, Paramedic Victoria Milburn, Brighton, and Critical Care Paramedic, Scott Hardy, Chertsey – For their actions in ensuring the life of a 16-year-old boy was saved after he fell under a train at Guildford Railway Station.

Clinical Excellence – Ambulance Technicians Vic Terry and Mike Cowell, Dartford, Paramedic Clinical Supervisor Matt McAllister, Coxheath, Paramedic Mark Gregson, Dartford, Paramedic Max Caulfield, Thameside – for their teamwork and clinical skill in responding to a woman who was 28 weeks pregnant, carrying twins and in the final stage of labour.

Clinical Excellence - Ambulance Technician Robin Page, Paramedic Andy Tyler, Burgess Hill and Critical Care Paramedic Paul Winsor, Brighton – for their clinical excellence and crucial early interventions in saving the life of an Australian man who suffered a serious head injury on a night out in Brighton last year.

Clinical Excellence – Paramedic and Clinical Team Leader Carl Walton, Paramedic Tim Clark, Associate Practitioner Gemma Bradley, Emergency Care Support Worker Mark Dawson and Critical Care Paramedic Mark Stobbart, Hove for their efforts which ensured the best possible outcome for an emergency involving a pregnant woman in cardiac arrest.

Clinical Excellence – Paramedic Practitioner Daniel Dodd, Leatherhead, Surrey and Critical Care Paramedic Tom Strivens, Hastings, East Sussex (who picked up his award at the Trust’s east awards ceremony) for their efforts in developing the Trust’s sepsis Code Yellow Pathway.

Outstanding Patient Care – Ambulance Care Assistant Steve Medhurst, Eastbourne – for his efforts in looking after an elderly couple who were struggling to stay in their own home.

Outstanding Patient Care – Ambulance Care Assistant, Ricardo Martins, Chertsey - for his quick thinking and actions to save the life of one of his passengers.

Employee of the Year - Paramedic and Clinical Operations Manager for Chertsey, Steve Haire – for his continual support to staff and his leadership and management style.

Team of the Year - all staff involved in responding to the devastating Shoreham Airshow tragedy.

Queen’s Ambulance Service medals for 20 years’ Long Service & Good conduct in a front line A&E role were presented to:
Susan Barnett, Burgess Hill, West Sussex
Owen Clarke, Pulborough, West Sussex
Julian Cotton, Brighton, East Sussex
Andrew Hartley, Banstead, Surrey
Rose Jenkins, Hove, East Sussex
George Poole, Heathfield, East Sussex
Verity Snook, Tongham, Surrey

20 years NHS Long Service medals (for staff not eligible to receive Queen’s Medal)
Sue Lavender, Banstead, Surrey
Jane Herrington, Lewes, East Sussex

30 years NHS Long Service medals
Richard Greasley, Banstead, Surrey
Nigel Langley, Hailsham, East Sussex
Ray Pate, Shoreham, West Sussex
Stuart Martindale, Shoreham, West Sussex
Bernard Robinson, Worthing, West Sussex
Ron McAra, Newhaven, East Sussex
Clive Burvill, Chichester, West Sussex
Lorna Stuart, Chichester, West Sussex
Owen Clarke, Pulborough, West Sussex
Ricky Powell, Staines, Surrey

40 years NHS Long Service medals
Andrew Locke, Chertsey, Surrey

Volunteer Car Drivers’ Long Service
Jean Briant, Brighton, East Sussex (10 years)
Sheila Strachan, Fishbourne, Chichester, West Sussex (30 years)

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