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Ambulance staff, volunteers and public gather to celebrate achievements

26 February 2017

Award winnersThe achievements of ambulance staff, volunteers and the public were celebrated at the first of South East Coast Ambulance Service’s (SECAmb) annual awards ceremonies.

The ceremony, for the east of SECAmb’s region, was held on Thursday 22 February at The Orangery at Turkey Mill, Maidstone, Kent.

Staff and volunteers were recognised for long service and Chief Executive’s Commendations were awarded across a range of categories including clinical excellence, patient care and leadership.

Deputy Lieutenant of Kent, James Loudon, attended as the Queen’s representative to present the Queen’s Long Service and Good Conduct medals, while staff were also recognised for 20, 30 and 40 years’ NHS service. Between them, staff were incredibly recognised for more than 900 years’ service.

A popular award recipient was eight-year-old Poppy Parkinson from Hastings who picked up a public chief executive’s commendation for her actions in calling 999 for her father who collapsed at home.

While sadly, Poppy’s dad’s life couldn’t be saved, Poppy’s quick-thinking meant he was able to be given expert treatment by ambulance crews and his family was able to see him before he passed away the following day. Poppy’s actions also helped four other people who benefitted from her father’s donated organs.

And staff from the David Lloyd Club in King’s Hill, Kent received a public commendation for springing into action to save the life of member and local man Steve Beal when he collapsed in cardiac arrest at the health club last year.

Elsewhere some remarkable teamwork between ambulance crews from Hastings, Polegate and the air ambulance service was recognised. The crews picked up a clinical excellence award for their treatment of a motorcyclist who not just survived a horrific impact with a car but begin the long road to recovery.

Celebrating four decades of service were Christopher Pentecost from Thanet and Gatwick-based, Patrick Sullivan.

SECAmb Chief Executive Daren Mochrie said: “I am extremely proud of every single award winner. The long service, clinical skill, bravery and commitment shown by everyone represents just a small percentage of the amazing work which goes on day-in, day-out, across our region. Across the awards we see the importance of the work of our volunteers, members of the public, and staff in all areas of the Trust. Well done and thank you to everyone who goes about this work every day for the benefit of our patients.”

Details of every award winner 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 – Jessica Silvester, Paramedic, Thanet; Christopher Banham, Emergency Care Support Worker, Thanet; Stephen Bailey, Resource Dispatcher,  EOC, Coxheath – For their actions in treating a critically-injured man who had fallen from a clifftop in Broadstairs, Kent, and landed on a ledge some 20-feet up from the ground.

Above and beyond the call of duty – Tammy Haines, NHS 111 Senior Administrator, KMSS NHS 111, Ashford – For her outstanding contribution to KMSS NHS 111 and the Trust over the past year, supporting and promoting the service both internally and with external stakeholders.

Above and beyond the call of duty – Jacek Sokulski, Operational Team Leader, Ashford; Lauren Morris, Emergency Care Support Worker, Ashford; Pete Owen, Critical Care Paramedic, Ashford; Gareth Harris and Alex Bourne, Ambulance Technicians, UK Specialist Ambulance Service – For their quick-thinking and actions which thwarted an attempted robbery at the Trust’s Ashford Make Ready Centre and led to the conviction of a group who had been stealing medical equipment across Kent.

Clinical Excellence – Phil Borthwick, Critical Care Paramedic; Nicole Barrow, Operational Team Leader; Mark Wadbrook, Paramedic; Luke Hopkins, Ambulance Technician; Dave Phillips, Paramedic Practitioner; Kevin Long, Paramedic; Will Thompson, Associate Practitioner; Adrian Thomas, Emergency Care Support Worker; Phil Ibrahim, Paramedic; Phil Wadey, Paramedic, all Hastings and Polegate – For their expert treatment of a motorcyclist who not just survived a horrific impact with a car but began the long road to recovery thanks to the team’s efforts alongside the air ambulance service.

Outstanding Patient Care – Rebecca Thomsett, Robin Kissack, Paramedics, Medway – For their treatment of a man who suffered serious facial and chest injuries from a high-speed blade which had dislodged from a disc cutter.

Outstanding Patient Care – Daniel Morley, Kent Fire and Rescue Service co-responder, Hawkhurst – For his efforts and treatment provided after arriving first on scene of a sadly fatal road collision in Hawkhurst, Kent.

Outstanding Patient Care – Barry Stanley, Fleet Team Leader, Ashford Make Ready Centre – One of the unsung heroes of the Trust – Barry was recognised for the tremendous effort he and his team make to ensure the Trust has a steady supply of road-worthy vehicles available for clinicians.

Outstanding Patient Care - David Latham, Operational Team Leader; Simon King, Critical Care Paramedic, Keith Sole, Operational Team Leader; Gary Champs, Emergency Care Support Worker, all Thanet; Val Appleby and Zella Nerssessian, Deal Community First Responders, Ben Macauley and Dr Jonathan Leung, KSS Air Ambulance Service – For their actions in dealing with a domestic violence incident in Deal, in which a man called 999 to report he had strangled his wife.

Leadership – Giovanni Mazza, Operating Unit Manager (OUM), Thanet – For his commitment, determination and drive since taking on the role of OUM in Thanet last year. Giovanni rose to the challenge of leading a team to develop an inter-organisational plan to manage recent health service changes in Kent.

Leadership - Asmina Chowdhury, Inclusion Lead, Crawley HQ – For her passion and commitment to her role which has seen her involvement in the annual LGBT ambulance service conference and the Trust’s involvement in Brighton Pride, the relaunch of the Trust’s BME network and close working with SECAmb’s inclusion hub.

Public Commendation – King’s Hill David Lloyd Club staff, Lauren Mortimer, Sarah Dennis, Beth Alexander and Liviu Fudulu – For their quick-thinking and actions in beginning CPR and administering a shock with a defibrillator to club member Steve Beal’s heart after he collapsed in cardiac arrest at the Kent club last year.

Public Commendation – Poppy Parkinson, from Hastings – The eight-year-old was recognised for her actions in calling 999 for her dad who had collapsed at home. While sadly Poppy’s dad’s life couldn’t be saved, Poppy’s quick-thinking meant he was able to be given expert treatment by ambulance crews and his family was able to see him before he passed away in hospital the following day. Poppy’s actions also helped four other people who benefitted from her father’s donated organs.

Queen's MedalsQueen’s Ambulance Service medals for Long Service & Good conduct (20 years) were presented to:

Andy Bishop, Hastings
Andy Day, Tongham (now retired)
Anton Hyams, Polegate
Carl Wickens, Polegate
Christina Mummery, Ashford, Kent
Clare Rudd, Ashford NHS 111
Colin Leedham, Ashford, Kent
Craig Mortimer, Paddock Wood
David Ashby, Thameside
Gary Wareham, KSS Air Ambulance
Giles Adams, Crawley HQ & East Sussex
Helena James, Thanet
Justine Richards, Crawley EOC
Karen Clarke, Ashford, Kent
Kellie Obermuller, Paddock Wood
Madeleine Kent, Polegate
Mark Bourne, Coxheath EOC
Michael Carter, Gatwick Make Ready Centre
Paul Vigar, Coxheath EOC
Steve Barker, Hastings
Steve McIntosh, Polegate
Stuart Plumbley, Gatwick Make Ready Centre
Vicky Kypta, Thanet and Ashford, Kent

20 years NHS Long Service medals

Elaine Martin, Lewes
Karen Mann, Crawley HQ
Lisa Marden, Coxheath EOC
Louise Pearce, Coxheath EOC
Roy Tanner, Hastings
Vicky McBride, Coxheath EOC
William Pike, Polegate
Tina Shepherd, Coxheath EOC

30 years NHS Long Service Award:

Aide Hogan, Crawley HQ
David Atkins, Tangmere/Crawley
David Latham, Thanet
David Pugh, Medway
Maureen Rice, Medway
Phil Morris, Thanet

40 years NHS Long Service Award:

Christopher Pentecost, Thanet
Patrick Sullivan, Gatwick

Volunteer’s 10 years Long Service Award

Adam Doughty, Peacehaven

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